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Tuesday, October 03, 2017

As Braves GM, John Coppolella had his dream job. Now it’s gone | Mark Bradley blog

The international player market is a murky place. (Scout Gordon Blakeley, an old pro on the international scene, also resigned Monday.) Everyone had the Venezuelan teenager Kevin Maitan ticketed to sign with the Braves long before he was eligible to sign with any team; sure enough, Maitan signed with the Braves in July 2016 and is regarded, at age 17, as one of the 10 best prospects in what has become the sport’s No. 1 farm system. That farm system would never have gone from fallow to bountiful without some serious pushing. Monday’s resignation suggests that Coppolella pushed too hard.

Even when he was a front-office guy without a seat at the grown-up table,

Jim Furtado Posted: October 03, 2017 at 06:35 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, general managers, john coppolella

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Obituary: Joe Klein, 75, Was GM Of Three Teams | BaseballAmerica.com

Klein had that ability to keep things in perspective. He would occasionally relive the 1982 Winter Meetings in Honolulu. He had just become GM and had a trade in place to acquire a package of players from the Dodgers, including two young pitchers named Dave Stewart and Orel Hershiser. Ownership killed the deal.

“If that trade had gone through I might have still been the general manager in Texas,” he said decades later.

He shrugged his shoulders.

Disappointed? Sure.

Upset? Nah.

It wasn’t Klein’s way.

He dealt with reality and always looked forward to what was ahead.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 27, 2017 at 09:31 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: general managers, joe klein, obituary

Monday, August 07, 2017

Boston Red Sox director of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski always works to stay on the same page as ownership

Nice interview with Dave Dombrowski.

“I think I’ve probably have had as autonomous a career you can have as a general manager, president of baseball operations, whatever your title may be,” Dombrowski said. “But I think you’re always on the same page with your ownership. You need to be . . . If we were making an option of a player [to send him to the minors], I would not call [ownership] and consult with them, that’s a day-to-day operation. But if you are making a big acquisition for your club or even from philosophical perspective, what you’re going to try to attempt, you always try to keep them in the loop. They own the team. They’re interested. They entrust you to do your job, but you do keep them informed of what’s taking place. I would never make a big move, and never [have] through out my career [without keeping ownership informed]—and I’d say probably I don’t think there’s a general manager in the game that would make a big move that would be in a position where your ownership wouldn’t be aware it was taking place.”

Dombrowski said he always sits down with ownership heading into the trade deadline to say how he sees the club improving.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 07, 2017 at 12:09 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: dave dombrowski, general managers, red sox

Sunday, July 30, 2017

2 From Baseball’s Front Offices, Not Its Fields, Get a Cooperstown Moment - The New York Times

Article includes a discussion of which current GMs might join the Hall some day.


Tuesday, July 25, 2017


Thursday, May 11, 2017

Looking Back At The 1992 Expansion Draft (Part 1)

Dave Dombrowski and Bob Gebhard get in on the ground floor. Too bad the elevators hadn’t been installed yet.

Bote Man Posted: May 11, 2017 at 08:34 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: dave dombrowski, expansion, general managers

Monday, May 01, 2017

A.J. Preller discusses building Padres’ core | MLB.com

MLB.com: Daniels once referred to you as “a tremendous talent evaluator.” That’s not something you can learn in school. How did you develop your ability to evaluate baseball talent?

Preller: In general, any evaluator, it comes down to two things. There’s a certain level of feel that you have to have; a feel for people, a feel for ability. Then it comes down to work ethic. If you have guys that merge those two areas together in terms of a feel for looking at people, reading people and players and a thirst to want to go see more and do more, usually when you do that, it leads you to good things. It’s definitely not a science. I think the more that you have in terms of the ability to read and the ability to work, usually that will lead to good results.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 01, 2017 at 02:17 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: a.j. preller, general managers, padres

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Q&A: Daniels on meteoric rise with Rangers

A lot of good stuff in this one.

MLB.com: You let Josh Hamilton leave as a free agent and traded both Mark Teixeira and Michael Young, all three very popular players. Is it difficult—yet necessary—in your job to not let emotion get in the way of making what you feel is the right baseball move?

Daniels: Absolutely. Anybody would agree with that; every team would have to agree with that. It is hard, man, especially when you’ve had success as a group and you want to keep the team together. John Hart always used to say, “Don’t let a star fall on you.” The most dangerous thing that can happen in the game from an organization standpoint long-term is you get old and you get expensive. You lose the flexibility to do the things that you want to accomplish. You make some of those tough calls.

Sometimes you let it play out like with Josh. We weren’t going to trade Josh, because every year we felt we had a chance to win that year. His value was to play for us. Teixeira, the team wasn’t ready yet, so we traded him. Nellie Cruz was a unique situation coming off the whole Biogenesis deal; we missed on that. He’s been a better player the last four years.
Sometimes they work out, sometimes not. As much as you love these guys and have all these great, shared experiences, the risk of signing everybody is we’re all human, we all get older and our bodies break down. The club can’t win that way.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 20, 2017 at 02:30 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: general managers, jon daniels, rangers

 

 

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