If you ask former Major League Baseball player and two-time World Series champion Ryan Theriot, playing experience is what makes for a great general manager, not a statistical background.
On Wednesday, Theriot mocked the Los Angeles Dodgers' hiring of Farhan Zaidi as their new GM. Zaidi was previously an assistant under A's GM Billy Beane, who is well known for his analytics-based "Moneyball" approach.
Apparently, Theriot is not a believer in baseball's sabermetrics movement, as evidenced by his usage of #moneyballdoesntwork:
Free-agent pitcher Brandon McCarthy took exception to Theriot's comments and fired back on Twitter:
Theriot won the World Series with the St. Louis Cardinals in 2011, then with the San Francisco Giants in 2012. As McCarthy pointed out, neither Cardinals GM John Mozeliak nor Giants GM Brian Sabean have ever played in the big leagues.
But Theriot wasn't done. And neither was McCarthy, who responded again with a lengthy rant: