Posted by Adam Weissman, Director, IT and Legal Technology at Glenmont Group
For many fans of Major League Baseball, as I am, the regular season can offer as much excitement and competitive spirit as it does frustration and disheartening deflation. These emotions can be felt by the same individual in the same season. Those of us whose favorite team has caused the latter of that emotional spectrum, we take solace in the misguided phrase of hope, “There’s always next year.”
Shortly after the World Series champion has been crowned, baseball’s “second season” begins. This is when Free Agency signings and player trades occur, and where players of all talent levels, positions, and price tags are considered by team executives and are signed to contracts for the upcoming season. These signings and trades can very quickly turn a fan’s disgust of the prior season’s results, into renewed hope and anticipation for the upcoming season. Or, if you are a NY Mets fan, like me, it reaffirms the widespread, growing sentiment that the team’s ownership does not understand the basic fundamentals of how to construct a competitive club.
Since August, the Mets have lost the bulk of its offensive stars via trades or free agency signings, but they have been pro-active to sign and trade for good, seasoned relief pitchers. Unfortunately, as it stands now, the Mets’ starting pitching rotation has more questions than the Riddler, and their current offensive lineup is practically devoid of veteran presence, appreciable prowess, or depth. This would be akin to the Partners of a top Litigation Defense Firm hiring 50 new Litigation Attorneys, but simultaneously laying off its entire Litigation Support staff, along with the majority of its most experienced IT professionals, in advance of starting a $100 million litigation matter. (The Mets’ payroll is expected to be $100 million for the 2012 Season, which is Top 10 amongst the other 29 Teams).
In other words, a baseball team cannot win if its offense cannot score runs and its starting pitchers cannot prevent the opposition from scoring runs. Therefore, a formidable corps of relief pitchers may never get the opportunity to help the team win. Similarly, a law firm cannot be competitive if its in-house Litigation Support group cannot process documents and information, and its IT staff is incapable of fully supporting the related technologies that the firm uses. Furthermore, a vaunted stable of Litigation Defense attorneys will never be in a position to successfully defend their clients.