I thought this was interesting from a NoMaas.org interview of Yankees Senior VP of Baseball Operations Mark Newman:
SJK: As Senior VP of Baseball Operations, you are the boss of the entire player development system. What exactly does that role entail? How does the hierarchy work?
MN: It works like this. We have exceptional people leading four different departments of player development. Damon [Oppenheimer] runs our domestic scouting. Donny Rowland leads our international scouting department. Pat Roessler is our farm director, and a guy named Pat McMahon leads our international player development efforts, which are centered in our complex in the Dominican. Each one of those guys has responsibilities.
The nature of amateur scouting in the US is such that our guys do this all year. All in, it’s probably close to a twelve-month a year operation. They’ve got showcases in the fall, home visits in the winter — high school and college games in the spring leading up the draft. And then post-draft, there are summer leagues like the Cape, high school showcases, national team tryouts — there’s all kinds of things that our guys are involved in. Damon runs that department very well, and he has the authority to draft the players the Yankees need. Neither Cash or I tell him who to pick and who not to pick. We’re there to support, and evaluate his production, just like everyone else in the organization is evaluated.
I do get more involved in international scouting, just due to the nature of the activity. I spend a lot of time down there with Donny Rowland.
I find this very odd. The G.M. of the team is the head guy in charge. The buck stops with him. And, as we know, back in October 2005, Brian Cashman fought for having total autonomy on Yankees decisions.
So, then, why is Cashman allowing Oppenheimer to decide who to pick and who not to pick without the need to run it by the G.M. first? That’s a pretty big decision – at least on the early picks – not have any input on it. Very strange…