If Gabe Paul walked down 5th Avenue at lunch time in NYC back in 1977, no one would notice him. If Brian Cashman did it today, he would get mobbed.
When did baseball G.M.’s become such “stars”? Do we blame Billy Beane and/or Theo Epstein? Someone else?
Then again, back in their day, guys like Branch Rickey and Frank Lane were pretty famous. And, I suppose that Rickey would gather a crowd out in public. And, today, most people would not recognize Andrew Friedman or Jon Daniels if they saw them on the street today.
So, maybe it’s only those baseball G.M.’s who want to become rock gods that actually do?