Alex Anthopoulos Newsbeat
Sunday, November 08, 2015
There were 48 million reasons to keep Alex Anthopoulos, all of them dollars, and by April that number could be closer to $70 million.
That’s how much the Blue Jays took in with ticket and merchandise sales between August and late October — all of that above what was budgeted for. And that’s not counting upcoming Christmas sales and new ticket buyers, all of which will certainly up those numbers for the coming season.
Sunday, November 01, 2015
Did Anthopoulos jump the gun?
Asked if Anthopoulos, named Sporting News Executive of the Year on Thursday in a vote of his peers, would have had full autonomy and final say on baseball decisions, Rogers quipped: “If you meet a person that in their life has full autonomy I’d love to meet them, I’m not sure that exists.”
Then, turning serious, he replied: “There are two things there. One is the premise that Paul Beeston was some sort of shrinking violet, that he wasn’t fully engaged, is for people that know Paul, quite a silly notion. And I think Mark would have been engaged differently and may have had a different approach or focused on slightly different things, like we all do with different people we work with. But I’d say both people are fully engaged presidents of the Jays, so I think that notion is false. Secondly, and the main thing is, Mark Shapiro hasn’t started yet, Mark starts on Monday, so we tried to ease (Anthopoulos’s) mind by, beyond having a contract length for a long period, also giving him an offer that if he wasn’t satisfied within one year, he could exit gracefully and be released from his contract.
“When you speculate about the future and what will happen it’s impossible, I think you’ve got to work with a person for somewhere between many weeks and many months, go through cycles and go through business events, trades, to see how people work and complement each other. Our notion was let’s try it for a year and see if that would have worked.”
Friday, October 30, 2015
Ed didn’t mention the terms, though. Anthopoulos wasn’t going to accept being anything less than the general manager of this team. Would you? He built a top-four team in baseball, so of course that’s how he felt. That’s why he left.
Shapiro, meanwhile, wanted control. Wouldn’t you? The consensus in baseball was that Shapiro had been pushed upstairs from the GM job in Cleveland after 65- and 69-win seasons. Running the business operations of the Cleveland Indians — 29th, 29th, 28th, 29th, 24th and 30th in attendance the past six years — doesn’t seem like the job of a lifetime. Shortly after he was hired by the Jays, word began filtering through baseball that Shapiro was telling people he couldn’t wait to get back into player personnel. You can be sure Rogers gave him that power.
And that’s where it broke. In a face-to-face meeting with the senior members of the Jays’ front office, Shapiro said he strongly disagreed with some of the deadline choices that sent prospects out. The initial contract offer to Anthopoulos, according to an official who was briefed on the talks, was a two-year deal, with the second year an option.
It was an insult. By the time Rogers tried to give Anthopoulos a five-year contract, it was already too late.
Thursday, October 29, 2015
This comes out of nowhere.
Sunday, October 04, 2015
Only one detail has ever been leaked about his contract: that it covered five years and that it expires on Oct. 31. Even that much information is too much for his taste. He understands why players’ salaries are public, but he sees no reason why contract details of other club employees should be revealed.
Sunday, September 20, 2015
Some good stuff in David Laurila’s latest.
Alex Anthopoulos is a big believer in blending scouting and analytics. Many general managers are. The extent to which they balance the two, relative to each other, is a matter of conjecture. Ditto what they value most within each discipline.
The Toronto GM has an idea where his contemporaries lean, but only to a degree.
“You can see certain themes, but I don’t know that we know all that much,” said Anthopoulos. “There are certain GMs who have strong relationships with each other and might talk about more, but we’re all competing with each other. I don’t know that people really divulge much philosophically, other that what’s obvious in their transactions.”
Anthopoulos predictably wouldn’t go into detail, but he did divulge some tasty tidbits regarding personnel decisions the Jays have made. With Marco Estrada, “the scouting reports didn’t fit with where we’d go from an analytics standpoint.” Justin Smoak was “maybe more on the analytics side than the scouting report.” Dioner Navarro was “probably more scouting than analytics.” Edwin Encarnacion “might have been” (more scouting than analytics). Signing Jose Bautista to an extension “was both scouting and analytics.”
Anthopoulos went on to say while there exceptions for everything, you shouldn’t make a decision without both. As for how other organizations go about the balancing act, he only knows that everyone is out to win.
“I think everybody studies everybody else,” opined Anthopoulos. “Everybody is always trying to get an edge, but at the same time, certain people have strong beliefs, opinions, and so on. I won’t say we have all the answers.”
No one does, but his club has enough of them to be playoff bound for the first time in over 20 years
Monday, August 31, 2015
“Steve Tolleson just decided he didn’t want to play anymore,” Anthopoulos said during a media session in Texas on Wednesday.
Tolleson, however, insists he has been injured since the Jays placed him on the disabled list with a groin strain on May 27. His minor-league rehab assignment expired July 1, just after he had played in two games for Buffalo, and the Jays designated him for assignment that day.
In dispute is whether the 31-year-old reserve infielder was still injured when the Jays designated him for assignment, which removed him from the major-league roster. Under the collective bargaining agreement, an injured player cannot be DFA.
The Jays’ decision indicates they felt he was healthy enough to play. Tolleson said he has been unable to play because he aggravated the groin strain late in his rehab assignment, then suffered suffered several setbacks, including a hip injury and a hamstring strain.
Wednesday, August 05, 2015
The fact that he traded for Tulowitzki and Price and Donaldson should no more be points in his favour right now than the Miami and Dickey deals should have in off-season prior to 2013. The fact that few other G.M.’s have pulled off deals with such panache maybe speaks to special skills that Anthopoulos possesses, but maybe speaks to the fact that other G.M.’s better see the risks inherent in such deals. Or, perhaps, that they don’t need to operate the way that Anthopoulos does.
Fans are quick to throw blame at Rogers for their inflexibility in terms of the budget, but the fact is, Anthopoulos bet big on a roster that wasn’t good enough in 2013, and it’s hard to blame ownership for declining to bail him out with more money.
Posted: August 05, 2015 at 07:55 PM | 26 comment(s)
“Everyone was so focused on the rotation and bullpen,” Anthopoulos said. “But we felt we could still get better defensively and offensively. You can make a case that certain position players are worth more than starters, and Tulo is one of those players.”
Anthopoulos checked in with Bridich in May. At that point, the Rockies GM said he’d be open to taking Jose Reyes back in the deal if Colorado could nab a few of Toronto’s many quality pitching prospects. Talks continued for a few weeks, and once the All-Star break ended, concrete trade proposals and counterproposals began to form. Finally, on July 28, the two sides agreed to the deal that shocked the baseball world. In addition to Reyes, the Rockies landed top pitching prospect Jeff Hoffman and two other talented young arms, Miguel Castro and Jesus Tinoco. The Jays got Hawkins and their white whale.
“I looked at it like this: This is one of the best players in baseball,” Anthopoulos said. “Players like that don’t become available. They sign 10-year contracts and become the face of a franchise. It wasn’t an easy decision. It was weird, the process was long and stressful … but it was also a lot of fun.”
Monday, August 03, 2015
Jeff Passan’s Monday notes column.
Posted: August 03, 2015 at 06:20 AM | 25 comment(s)
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