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If you could image Jim Bowden's brain
2006-05-28 17:29
by Bob Timmermann

I came across this from Chris Needham's Capitol Punishment blog about the Washington Nationals.

The link is to a post he made discussing how Bowden and the Nationals "brain trust" would be handling the upcoming amateur draft.

In particular, Chris notes that Bowden is going to be use a man named Jared Niednagel to advise on "brain imaging."

Here is Niednagel's website.

If you keep reading it, you will begin to think that the guy works for The Hanso Foundation.

"I do not know what is more disquieting. That Royce Clayton bats second for Washington or that Marlon Anderson bats fith."

2006-05-28 17:53:59
1.   Ken Arneson
It's pure crap, but if you can get a boob like Bowden to pay you big bucks for it, more power to you.
2006-05-28 17:57:05
2.   DXMachina
What's Bowden think about phrenology?
2006-05-28 18:33:12
3.   Bob Timmermann
I was taking the questionnaire to find out my brain type, but I took a nap instead.

I believe I have brain type ZZZZ ZZZZ.

2006-05-28 18:41:45
4.   Ken Arneson
The Briggs-Meyers stuff has its uses in the right context, but to think that it's going to tell you which free agent to sign, or which prospect to draft, is just plainly silly.
2006-05-28 18:52:48
5.   Bob Timmermann
Terry Donahue is one of the endorsers of the product. No doubt Donahue parlayed such information when he made his excellent draft picks for the 49ers.
2006-05-28 20:49:21
6.   joejoejoe
My equation for brain type excellence in competitive sports:

((SCTD + MBM) X MRD)) - JCQ = AP*


The sum of Sam Cassell Testicle Dance + Manny Being Manny times Mariano Rivera Demeanor minus Jose Canseco Quotient equals Albert Pujols*.

*All brain typing is subject to the Ryan Leaf/Tony Womack margin of error.

2006-05-28 21:06:53
7.   DXMachina
There was some discussion of how that sort of information is used in scouting prospects in "The Last Best League", a book about some prospects in the Cape Cod League by Jim Collins. I don't know how accurate Collins's information is, but IIRC, he implied that it can be make or break for some organizations. It's been a while since I read it, so I'm a little fuzzy on the details.
2006-05-28 21:19:34
8.   Ken Arneson
I guess I should be clear; I don't think all psychological testing is bad. But it's one thing to do psychological testing to determine if a guy is a sociopath or lacks self-confidence, and another to dismiss a prospect because he's an "engineering" type or a "salesperson" type.
2006-05-28 21:25:41
9.   Bob Timmermann
I got this test in the mail from the Parallax Corporation. They want me to report in next week.

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