Ross Ohlendorf went to freaking Princeton University. He pitches for the Pittsburgh Pirates now, but before that, he went to Princeton. While he was there, he wrote a senior thesis on baseball draft bonuses as investments by analyzing the pre-arbitration and arbitration-eligible salaries of players over a period of years. In other words, he literally became an expert on the salary structure of Major League Baseball.
Still, Ohlendorf clearly outdid his own GM during their arbitration hearing Tuesday, which Ohlendorf eventually won despite his 1-11 record for Pittsburgh last season. So here’s what I’m thinking: Ross Ohlendorf, first-ever player/GM in MLB history.