How to Justify Team Personnel Decisions
By David Smith (on Twitter at @DavidSmithMA)
October 8, 2012
Without knowing the insider details is it possible to decide whether a sporting transaction is a good one? It might not be possible for a mere fan to know all of the intimate details of a messy driver-team divorce or learn the full blow-by-blow account of a negotiation, but one could quickly know a team’s justification for such a move simply by following the following criteria:
1. Does signing Driver X make the team better?
2. Does signing Driver X make the team younger?
3. Does signing Driver X make the team cheaper?
If none of the three criteria are met, then the personnel decision is simply not logical.
(This works in other sports. You can substitute “Player” for “Athlete” and deduce whether your favorite team’s general manager is shrewd or a total boob.)
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