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NL East: Mets lose top analytics exec to... the Cleveland Browns

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NL East: Mets lose top analytics exec to... the Cleveland Browns

Paul DePodesta, who had served as the vice president of player development and scouting for the New York Mets since 2010, is leaving the organization, and the sport altogether. The 43-year-old native of Alexandria, Va. will now join the Cleveland Browns to be their chief strategy officer, according to a report from ESPN.

The jump to football for DePodesta comes after 20 years in Major League Baseball. He spent time with the Indians, Dodgers, Athletics, Padres and Mets. He was the Dodgers' general manager from 2004 to 2005 after getting hired at the age of 31. 

DePodesta has some football in his background as a former player at Harvard. But he is most associated with sabermetrics in baseball, having played a key role in the Oakland A's front office that was depicted in the movie Moneyball starring Brad Pitt. DePodesta's character was acted by Jonah Hill, though the movie did not use DePodesta's real name, as he did not authorize the use of his likeness.

It is not known how much DePodesta contributed to the Mets' recent rise from one of the worst teams in baseball to the NL pennant-winning club we saw in 2015, but he did serve in an important role in their front office. Now he will hope to assist in bringing the Browns, perennially one of the worst teams in football, back to prominence.

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Ex-Oriole Manny Machado homers off ex-National Gio Gonzalez in NLCS Game 1

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Ex-Oriole Manny Machado homers off ex-National Gio Gonzalez in NLCS Game 1

Sure, the Nationals and Orioles didn't make the playoffs, but that didn't stop a "Battle of the Beltways" moment from breaking out during NLCS Game 1.

Ex-National Gio Gonzalez started the game for the Brewers. In the second inning, ex-Oriole Manny Machado stepped to the plate for the Dodgers.

Here's what happened next:

If you squint, you can imagine the ball flying into the Nationals Park bullpen or the Camden Yards bleachers. 

And in case you're wondering, we have indeed entered the Twilight Zone. 

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Nationals get offseason started by acquiring righty reliever Kyle Barraclough from Marlins

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Nationals get offseason started by acquiring righty reliever Kyle Barraclough from Marlins

The Washington Nationals picked up righty reliever Kyle Barraclough from Miami in their first offseason move to rebuild the bullpen.

The Nationals said Wednesday that they gave the Marlins international slot value in the deal.

The hard-throwing Barraclough went 1-6 with 4.20 ERA and 10 saves in 17 chances, with 61 appearances this year. He allowed one hit in 36 at-bats in June, when he was chosen NL reliever of the month, but struggled with his command the rest of the season.

Barraclough's ERA ballooned to 10.24 over his final 24 games and he lost the Marlins closer's job.

He has a career ERA of 3.21 with 279 strikeouts and 134 walks in 218 2/3 innings over four seasons, all with Miami.

Washington general manager Mike Rizzo is in need of relievers after jettisoning Shawn Kelley and Brandon Kintzler late this season.

The deal helps the Marlins in their pursuit of top international free-agent Victor Victor Mesa, a Cuban outfielder who tried out for major league scouts at Marlins Park last week.

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