Four years Harvard, two seasons independent Frontier League
B.A. in sociology. After graduating, wrote to big league teams looking for a job. The A's hired him as a baseball operations assistant, then promoted him to coordinator of pro scouting. Now he's Billy Beane's number-crunching right-hand man.
27, director of baseball operations, PADRES
Six years Little League
Economics degree from Dickinson. A prot�g� of Theo Epstein's (the Red Sox' G.M. hired him in San Diego three years ago), he once designed fantasy sports games for an Internet site. Has his hand in Padres' arbitration cases, payroll decisions and minor league scouting.
30, assistant G.M., BLUE JAYS
One year Little League
B.A. from Harvard, M.B.A. from Carnegie Mellon. Former computer programmer wrote for stat-packed Baseball Prospectus. Thrives on finding undervalued talent: recommended acquiring Greg Myers based on his plate discipline and OBP; Myers had a career year (.307 BA, 15 homers) in 2003.
37, V.P., baseball development, CARDINALS
Two years American High School in Mexico City