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Monday, April 27, 2020

Sunday Notes: The D-Backs’ Run Production Coordinator Has a Good Backstory

Drew Hedman’s title with the Arizona Diamondbacks is Major League Run Production Coordinator. The 33-year-old Pomona College graduate was promoted to that position in January 2019 after spending the previous 12 months as a pro scout. His backstory is interesting, in part because he bypassed business school along the way.

Hedman played four seasons in the Red Sox organization, and while he topped out in Double-A, that alone qualifies an accomplishment. A total of 1,521 players were selected in the 2009 draft, and only three of them went later than Hedman. As a 50th-round pick, the writing was on the wall by the time the ink dried on his first contract. Not that he didn’t give pro ball the old college try.

“I certainly knew the odds weren’t in my favor, but with that being said, I always tried to be stubborn enough to think I’d be the exception,” Hedman told me. “I did everything I could to put myself in the best possible position to make it. Obviously it didn’t happen.”

Staying in the game beyond his playing days was a goal even before his release. The question was, in which capacity? A front office role made sense — Hedman has a B.A. in Politics, Philosophy and Economics, with a focus in Economics — but his alma mater wasn’t yet the baseball breeding ground it’s become. Over a dozen Pomona alums have gone on to work for MLB teams since Guy Stevens, who now runs the Kansas City Royals’ R&D department — broke the ice in 2013. Hedman was cut loose in spring training that same year.

Now trying to figure out what a “Run Production Coordinator” does…..

QLE Posted: April 27, 2020 at 12:36 AM | 8 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: aj preller, diamondbacks, drew hedman, payton henry, pomona college, rico petrocelli, scouting, statistics, sunday notes, ted kluszewski

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   1. Walt Davis Posted: April 27, 2020 at 01:35 AM (#5944802)
Run production coordinator?

Here's the Angels' run production strategic plan:

1. Employ Mike Trout
2. ??????????
3. Win
   2. Rally Posted: April 27, 2020 at 10:56 AM (#5944913)
Step 2 needs to be: find a way to let their run producer bat more than once every 9 spots. Couldn't even manage a league average total last season.
   3. winnipegwhip Posted: April 27, 2020 at 12:50 PM (#5944974)
Run Production Coordinator reminds me of a time when I worked in a warehouse and printed instructions were left at the trash compactor. It was signed by "R. Buhay, Maintenance Supervisor". Someone had crossed out "Maintenance Supervisor" and written "Janitor".

   4. winnipegwhip Posted: April 27, 2020 at 12:57 PM (#5944978)
Grandpa what were you in the war?

I was a Wehrmacht Removal and Displacement Coordinator.

What was that?

I landed on the beach in France with a thousands of other soldiers and killed Germans.
   5. Accent Shallow opens his curtains at 7 AM Posted: April 27, 2020 at 02:27 PM (#5945031)
I'm pretty sure the D-backs Run Production Coordinator is actually Ketel Marte.
   6. DJS Thinks Apples and Oranges are Similar Posted: April 27, 2020 at 06:37 PM (#5945204)
The Rockies had a similar position. That dude's job was to teach the front office (R + RBI - HR)/2
   7. PreservedFish Posted: April 27, 2020 at 06:45 PM (#5945210)
It sounds like his job is to drill the team on sac bunts and such.
   8. cardsfanboy Posted: April 27, 2020 at 10:02 PM (#5945257)
That dude's job was to teach the front office (R + RBI - HR)/2

No clue what the comment was about... but I massively hate the first part of that equation with a blinding passion.

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