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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Some NL exec would start a team with Adam Jones over Mike Trout

The story: asking various executives which player they would choose to build a team around. Most execs chose Mike Trout or Clayton Kershaw, which makes sense. Some chose Andrew McCutchen, which, sure, why not? Others went with young prospects or decided that it was most important to build around certain positions like shortstop or catcher…

But there is one exec — a general manager no less! — who made a choice and a justification therefor which is impossible to get one’s head around:

“Adam Jones is a five-tool guy who comes to beat you every day and is a great leader,” an NL GM said of the Orioles’ center fielder. “I love Trout, but I just love Jones a little more.”

PreservedFish Posted: March 18, 2015 at 11:55 AM | 54 comment(s)
  Beats: adam jones, general managers, mike trout

Monday, March 09, 2015

Baseball Ops: Welcome to the Evolution « Our Game

Beane is still a step or two ahead.

Twelve years later, the debate is mainly over. The specific arguments raised by Moneyball have appropriately been adopted or rejected, the best run teams today are using both traditional scouting and evidence-based analytics, and the two schools are working together. Whatever advantage Beane held over his contemporaries in 2003 he holds no longer. Market inefficiencies last only as long as the market stands still, and baseball teams are constantly searching for a new advantage. Within a few years, Beane needed to think of something else.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 09, 2015 at 07:55 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: billy beane, general managers, history

Friday, February 13, 2015

Armour on Top GMs | MLB.com

Mark Armour talks with Chris Russo about his new book.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 13, 2015 at 11:21 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: general managers, history

IN PURSUIT OF PENNANTS #1 — Branch Rickey

I’ve always been fascinated and awed by Branch Rickey. His selection as the number one general manager is well deserved.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 13, 2015 at 10:34 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: branch rickey, general managers, history

IN PURSUIT OF PENNANTS #2 — Pat Gillick

Maybe the Phillies should let Pat Gillick do whatever he wants.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 13, 2015 at 10:32 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: general managers, history, pat gillick

Thursday, February 12, 2015

IN PURSUIT OF PENNANTS #3 — Ed Barrow

Catching up on the GM series today with the Ed Barrow, Bob Howsam, George Weiss, and John Schuerholz. The work of GMs is a topic that fascinates me. Since Mark Armour and Dan Levitt are excellent baseball researchers I am counting the days to the book’s release.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 12, 2015 at 08:27 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: general managers, history

IN PURSUIT OF PENNANTS #4 — Bob Howsam

Architect of the late 60’s Cardinals World Series teams and the Big Red Machine.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 12, 2015 at 08:23 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: general managers, history, reds

IN PURSUIT OF PENNANTS #5 — George Weiss

Long-time GM of the Yankees.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 12, 2015 at 08:22 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: general managers, history, yankees

IN PURSUIT OF PENNANTS #6 — John Schuerholz

GM of the Royals and Braves.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 12, 2015 at 08:21 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: general managers, history

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

IN PURSUIT OF PENNANTS #7 — Buzzie Bavasi

Former GM of the Dodgers, Padres, and Angels.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 11, 2015 at 01:28 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: general managers, history

IN PURSUIT OF PENNANTS #8 — Harry Dalton

GM of the Orioles, Angels and Brewers.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 11, 2015 at 01:20 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: general managers, history

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

IN PURSUIT OF PENNANTS #9 — Dave Dombrowski

I have been told, Dombrowski is the last of the current GMs on the list.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 03, 2015 at 11:02 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: general managers, history

Monday, February 02, 2015

IN PURSUIT OF PENNANTS #11 — Billy Beane

Michael Lewis’s 2003 book Moneyball depicted Billy Beane as the leading figure in the spread of analytics (more broadly: the use of data and evidence) in baseball management.  Twelve years later all front offices combine analytics and scouting, and the dwindling number of people who decry this revolution have tended to blame Beane and like-minded GMs, while those who applaud it have treated Beane like their heroic surrogate.  His ranking here would indicate that we believe the introduction of analytics has advanced front office decision making, which we do, but we also believe his impressive record fully justifies his standing.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 02, 2015 at 11:42 AM | 71 comment(s)
  Beats: general managers, history

IN PURSUIT OF PENNANTS #12 — Sandy Alderson

Sandy Alderson’s three pennants and one World Series championship, while a first-rate achievement, may not be quite enough to justify his ranking at number twelve.  But Alderson’s place in history is enhanced by two considerations: he was the first modern GM to actively introduce analytics, though rudimentary by current standards, into a team’s decision making, and he was the first young executive of the modern era hired to run a major league team’s baseball operations without coming from a baseball background.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 02, 2015 at 11:41 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: general managers, history

IN PURSUIT OF PENNANTS #13 — Al Campanis

Were we to give Al Campanis credit for all his accomplishments in baseball operations, he would rank much higher than this, perhaps in the top five.  Among other things, he was a legendary scout, a brilliant scouting director, and one of baseball’s most influential instructors.  He did this over a two decade career with the Dodgers before assuming control of the baseball team in late 1968.  For this exercise, we will ignore all of that and consider his years as GM (1969-1987) when he won four NL pennants, and the 1981 World Series.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 02, 2015 at 11:39 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: general managers, history

IN PURSUIT OF PENNANTS #10 — Frank Cashen

Frank Cashen had two stints running a big league baseball operation.  In his first job he oversaw a budding great team as president and later kept it contending in the GM role as well. At his second stop he took over a long struggling franchise that needed a complete transformation.  He succeeded at these two opposite challenges masterfully, meriting his status as one baseball’s best baseball ops executives.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 02, 2015 at 11:36 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: general managers, history

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

IN PURSUIT OF PENNANTS: #14 — Brian Sabean

Sabean won his first pennant by building around an aging but still potent Barry Bonds and then three World Series championships by restructuring his team around a young core with undervalued pickups.  As much as any modern GM, he represents a successful bridge between the old and new approaches.

bobm Posted: January 27, 2015 at 01:02 PM | 61 comment(s)
  Beats: brian sabean, general managers, giants

Monday, January 26, 2015

IN PURSUIT OF PENNANTS #15 — Walt Jocketty

I am surprised by this choice.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 26, 2015 at 12:32 PM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: general managers, history

Friday, January 23, 2015

IN PURSUIT OF PENNANTS: #16 — Theo Epstein

The boy wonder.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 23, 2015 at 03:28 PM | 42 comment(s)
  Beats: general managers, history, theo epstein

Thursday, January 22, 2015

IN PURSUIT OF PENNANTS—#17 — Dan Duquette

A current GM makes the list.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 22, 2015 at 08:45 AM | 61 comment(s)
  Beats: general managers, history

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Calcaterra: Given all the advantages he’s had, is Brian Cashman the 21st best GM of all time?

The Yankees were already good — heck, they had already won a World Series — when Brian Cashman took over. They had Jeter and Mo and all of those guys and more money than God. It’d be harder, under those circumstances, to lose than it would be to win, right?

On a related note, is Luis Sojo the 21st-greatest Yankee player of all time?

JE (Jason) Posted: January 20, 2015 at 11:06 AM | 171 comment(s)
  Beats: brian cashman, general managers, yankees

Monday, January 19, 2015

Orioles have list of high-profile ex-GMs in case Duquette leaves

... the Orioles have compiled a list of Plan B options in case Duquette departs.

According to an industry source, that list—compiled in the past month—includes four high-profile former general managers: Ned Colletti, Kevin Towers, Omar Minaya and Kevin Malone, who spent a few years in the mid-1990s as an Orioles assistant general manager…

NattyBoh Posted: January 19, 2015 at 04:46 PM | 45 comment(s)
  Beats: baltimore orioles, dan duquette, general managers, toronto blue jays

Monday, January 05, 2015

Former Orioles GM Hank Peters dies at 90 - Baltimore Sun

The architect of the Orioles teams of the ‘80’s.

Even the worst trade he made — sending promising outfielder Don Baylor and 20-game winner Mike Torrez to Oakland in 1976 for outfielder Reggie Jackson, who skipped town after one season — failed to ruffle Mr. Peters.

“I know I didn’t get smart overnight and I didn’t get dumb overnight, either,” he said.

Colleagues called him even-keeled to a fault.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 05, 2015 at 07:01 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: general managers, orioles

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Sunday Notes: More from the GM Meetings | FanGraphs Baseball

Another interesting column from David Lauria.

“The fatigue factor is something you to have to look at,” said Mozeliak. “Take this past year, for example. Runs were at their peak in April and at their lowest in September. I don’t know if there’s a direct correlation (with the amphetamine ban) but it certainly feels like there might be. Creating a way for players to have energy and stay fresh seems like a good strategy. There has to be some science behind how to optimize that. One thing to study might be sleep cycles.”

Jim Furtado Posted: November 16, 2014 at 08:39 AM | 38 comment(s)
  Beats: general, general managers

Friday, November 14, 2014

General Managers on the Current Run-Scoring Environment: Thoughts from Phoenix | FanGraphs Baseball

Good questions and good answers.

Rick Hahn, Chicago White Sox: “You’re always having conversations about staying ahead of where offense, defense, and pitching are going. You want to be on the cutting edge, whether it’s acquiring undervalued players or players you can project to play a greater role based on their ability or the environment you’re going to drop them into. The conversations haven’t changed much, but the targets have altered in recent years. I think athleticism and the ability to contribute both offensively and defensively has become more important.”

Jim Furtado Posted: November 14, 2014 at 08:51 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: general managers

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