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Who are some good GM candidates out there?
Evil Clown was a National Lampoon parody
Is there a systematic way of knowing who is the right guy? Just based on some cursory observations over the last 15 years, I'd say you should shy away from guys who come out of scouting, because a lot of them draft well and can't build an MLB team for #### (Jack & Dayton being the chief criminals here). But that's it. That's all I can guess.
It wouldn't surprise me a bit if a guy who was lousy at the plate - in terms of contact and discipline - acquired players with those skills. Not being able to do something is not the same as not knowing it should be done.
Eckstein has 20+ career WAR. 3 times Frenchy's total- Eckstein would have to have more than 5 time the ink than Frenchy to get that ratio... no way.
Player WAR Google hits GH/WAR GHAR GHAR/WARFrenchy 7.7 528,000 68,571 204,000 26,494Eckstein 20.8 1,300,000 62,500 976,000 46,923Barry Bonds 162.5 13,900,000 85,538 13,576,000 83,545Babe Ruth 183.2 16,300,000 88,974 15,976,000 87,205Jackie Robinson 61.4 48,000,000 781,759 47,676,000 776,482
but the truth is that very often people who are touted as the Next Big Thing -- Jack Z, Dayton Moore, Ben Cherington, to a lesser extent Chris Antonetti -- turn out to be just guys, or worse.
Player WAR Google hits GH/WAR GHAR GHAR/WAR
Frenchy 7.7 528,000 68,571 204,000 26,494
Eckstein 20.8 1,300,000 62,500 976,000 46,923
even considering that not all "David Eckstein" hits are the ballplayer but virtually all Jeff Francoeur hits are Frenchy, Eck still has waaay more
The comic industry, fearing for its life, made up their own censorship board, rather than let the Federal government come up with one. This went on for a couple of decades, and explains a lot of the repetitive blandness of comics into the 1970s. No distributor would touch a comic without the Comic Code seal.
People forget the Vlad Guerrero's are a rare find
Is there a more average player that has had so much ink spilled over him?
of course a baseball ops guy is going to be better than, I dunno, James Gandolfini
Perhaps, if all the people who have ever posted on this site were given 100 PA, we might get on base 50 times.
And, c'mon, Moore did not trade Myers out of a love for Frenchy he traded Myers out of a desperate need for pitching.
I don't want to defend Moore but the notion that he's a guy who doesn't trust prospects seems rather silly.
So far this year KC starters have a 4.06 ERA and only one guy has missed a turn. Shields (and Santana) have been great (Davis not). (Guthrie good) Meanwhile Myers is not being awesome in AAA and the Rays rotation is struggling. So far Moore has won that trade hands down.
I dunno, can we keep calling Moore a great drafter who can't build a major league roster if it turns out Hosmer, Moustakas, Starling, Colon, Hochevar, Montgomery, Lamb, Duffy, and Dwyer all add up to nothing?
Supposing you're right, it illustrates my point perfectly. He didn't trade Myers away because he doesn't trust him; he traded Myers away because he regarded Myers as blocked from a major league job for the foreseeable future.
This year the "process" is nearly working. Team ERA+ is 113. If the offense was putting up last year's 95 OPS+ this could be a contending team right now and, of course, nearly everybody expected at least one of Hosmer or Moose to improve. If you had told me that Shields and Santana were going to be this good and the bullpen repeat its 2012, I'd have picked them as a contending team.
Moore could have acquired Shields without giving up Myers; the Royals certainly had enough minor league talent for it. You can disagree if you want, but it seems clear to me he chose to trade Myers away because, to Moore's thinking, Myers didn't have a place to play and was therefore expendable. Francouer as his right fielder was engraved in his mind from the word go. As evidenced by...
I mean, you can guess, and of course a baseball ops guy is going to be better than, I dunno, James Gandolfini
I'm going to be even more embarrassed if it turns out that Magnus and Solar were from yet another publisher.
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