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Saturday, October 12, 2019

The ‘purge’ Mets’ Brodie Van Wagenen, other GMs should fear

“This year the managers, next year the GM purge.”

These were the words of a top official from an AL team shortly after learning Gabe Kapler had been fired by the Phillies. Eight teams are pursuing a new manager, more than one-quarter of the league.

Just the Red Sox are looking to fill their head of baseball operations department after the dismissal of Dave Dombrowski less than a year after Boston won the World Series. The Giants could hire a GM, but that title no longer assures authority over the baseball department. President of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi will have the final say on the hire and personnel decisions.

So who is on the hot seat clock as the offseason begins for the baseball version of “The Purge?”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 12, 2019 at 05:47 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: general managers

Friday, October 11, 2019

The perfect Red Sox GM candidate just became a free agent—Dodgers boss Andrew Friedman

The shocking elimination of the Dodgers in Game 5 of the NLDS on Wednesday creates an opening for the Red Sox to pursue their white whale—Andrew Friedman.

L.A.‘s president of baseball operations is widely considered the shrewdest executive in the game, and he has built a juggernaut out west, with the Dodgers simultaneously cutting payroll and competing for World Series titles on an annual basis.

His contract happens to be up, and there’s some unease about why he hasn’t yet agreed to an extension. A couple of weeks ago, all involved expressed optimism to the L.A. Times that Friedman would return, albeit in less than absolute terms; president Stan Kasten said he was “pretty confident” Friedman would be back.

And if he’s not? Expect the Red Sox to be first in line.

I don’t know- given the impression we’ve been getting as for why there is an opening in the first place, Friedman’s track record on a certain matter, and the ways in which the local fan base has been behaving in the last decade-and-a-half, this could backfire pretty quickly…..

 

QLE Posted: October 11, 2019 at 12:58 AM | 39 comment(s)
  Beats: andrew friedman, general managers, red sox

Sunday, October 06, 2019

Giants working to get GM in place as search for new manager begins

SAN FRANCISCO—As he sat at the podium Tuesday and talked about all the work ahead of him, Giants president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi laughed while telling a story about 2014. Zaidi was a rising star in the industry and had just been hired by Andrew Friedman, a similar talent, to serve as general manager of the Dodgers.

“There was a lot of talk that this seems like a game of title inflation,” Zaidi recalled. “‘Nobody ever needed a president and a GM before, how’s this going to work?’ I feel in five years baseball has come a long way because there’s a tremendous amount of alarm that we don’t have a GM at this point. I think it shows the evolution of front offices and how sophisticated, and at times complex and involved, running a baseball operations department is.”

Giants officials got that sense every time they walked into Dodger Stadium in recent years. To get to the visiting clubhouse you have to walk past the old clubhouse, which now houses the organization’s massive analytics department. Baseball operations has become big business, and the Giants—who mostly have had the same group in place for a couple decades—plan to keep up.

After being somewhat coy about the process during the season, Zaidi came out Tuesday and made it clear he will hire a general manager. He called it a high priority and said he would move as quickly as possible, but insisted “there’s no favorite, let alone somebody who has either (the GM or manager) job in the bag.”

Sincere question:

Is it actually needed to have both a president of baseball operations and a general manager, and, if so, is it just a matter of “complexity” vaguely, or due to actual specific needs?

 

QLE Posted: October 06, 2019 at 12:59 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: farhan zaidi, general managers, giants

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

How Brian Cashman has survived the most volatile job in sports

NEW YORK – Back in July 1987, a teenaged member of the New York Yankees support staff happened to be in the room when Woody Woodward received a call from George Steinbrenner.

About two weeks earlier, Woodward, the Yankees general manager, had carried out The Boss’ order to trade Joe Niekro, the 42-year-old knuckleballer who had just finished his second season as a Yankee. And now, as a starter for the Minnesota Twins, Niekro had baffled the Yankees for seven innings. The Yankees wound up winning the game, but the Boss was fuming.

From the speakerphone on Woodward’s desk, the voice of Steinbrenner blared out loud and clear: “Now, Woody, this is what you’re going to do. You’re going to go down to the clubhouse and you’re going to take full responsibility for this move. You’re going to make sure the press knows I had nothing to do with this.”

All Woodward could say was, “Yes, sir. Yes, sir. Yes, sir.”

There is a cynical answer I could give to this, but I suspect it wouldn’t be popular here…..


Saturday, September 14, 2019

Reports: Diamondbacks agree to extension with GM Mike Hazen

The Arizona Diamondbacks have agreed to a contract extension with general manager Mike Hazen, according to multiple reports.

MLB.com’s Steve Gilbert reports the extension had been discussed for the past 10 days. The length of the extension has not been reported.

The timing of the extension is notable given the potential threat of Hazen being swooped away by his former employer, the Boston Red Sox.

The D-backs’ GM for the past three seasons, Hazen had previously spent time in the Red Sox organization, who fired their president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski on Monday. While no interest or meetings had been reported, Hazen was naturally being linked to the position.

Mind you, given recent practices in Boston, I’d rather stick around Arizona too…..

 

QLE Posted: September 14, 2019 at 12:13 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, extensions, general managers, mike hazen

 

 

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