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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Dodgers don’t have general manager, but they have assistant general manager

LAS VEGAS — Farhan Zaidi left his job as the general manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers to become the president of baseball operations for the San Francisco Giants. While Dodgers president Andrew Friedman remains at the top of the baseball operations department, Zaidi’s departure has left the Dodgers without a general manager. It happens. It also happens that the Dodgers do not plan to replace Zaidi with a new general manager any time soon. They just said so last week.

They do, however, have an assistant general manager now. It’s Jeff Kingston, late of the Seattle Mariners, where he served as Jerry Dipoto’s assistant. Now he is an assistant with no one, nominally, to assist. Seems like some sort of dividing by zero error, philosophically speaking, but we’ll just assume it’ll sort itself out.

There’s no chance he’ll just spend his days in the office waiting for calls to come that never come, is there?

QLE Posted: December 11, 2018 at 04:53 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, general managers, jeff kingston

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Mike Elias Orioles general manager | MLB.com

Looks like the Orioles will soon join the revolution.

Update:

 

Jim Furtado Posted: November 14, 2018 at 01:01 PM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: general managers, mike elias, orioles

Wednesday, November 07, 2018

Farhan Zaidi takes Giants job | MLB.com

This isn’t good for the Dodgers.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 07, 2018 at 08:54 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: farhan zaidi, general managers, giants

Tuesday, November 06, 2018


Monday, November 05, 2018

All eyes are on the Cubs and their money as the general manager meetings begin Monday

A free-agent freeze dominated the baseball landscape until weeks before the start of the 2018 season, causing many to wonder whether the smell of collusion was in the air.

And with the likes of Yu Darvish, Jake Arrieta, J.D. Martinez, Eric Hosmer and Mike Moustakas among the ranks of unsigned free agents in mid-January, there was good reason to wonder if the game finally was clamping down on outrageous spending.

“I think what you’re seeing is a lot of teams out there would rather have dry powder a year from now,” Cubs Chairman Tom Ricketts said in January at the team’s fan fest. “Luxury tax is a component.

As good a thread as any to discuss events during the general managers meetings this week in Carlsbad.

QLE Posted: November 05, 2018 at 08:40 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: general managers

Thursday, October 25, 2018

On the verge of hiring a new general manager, have the Mets figured out what they want? – The Athletic

What’s weird is that, nearly four months into this process, we aren’t debating the merits of these individual candidates as much as their philosophical underpinnings. The Mets have treated this entire process like the way a middle-schooler approaches his science fair project, wasting several potentially useful months before throwing something together the night before it’s due. They haven’t even decided yet whether they’re building a styrofoam solar system or a volcano that spits out baking soda; to be safe, they bought the supplies for both.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 25, 2018 at 08:21 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: general managers, mets, pay site

Monday, October 22, 2018

Mets narrow GM search down to three: Doug Melvin, Brodie Van Wagenen and Chaim Bloom

I say Melvin gets it.

On Monday, the Mets eliminated MLB executive Kim Ng and Tigers VP of player development Dave Littlefield from consideration, according to sources, leaving Doug Melvin, Brodie Van Wagenen and Chaim Bloom as the remaining known candidates for the job.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 22, 2018 at 02:16 PM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: general managers, mets

mets gm search kim ng | Newsday

On paper, Ng very much fits the mold of what the Mets are believed to be looking for. She is a baseball lifer after graduating from the University of Chicago, where she played softball. Ng joined the White Sox’s front office in 1990 and is said to be adept at blending new-school analytics with old-school scouting. She even spent part of her childhood in Queens.
Currently, Ng oversees all of MLB’s international operations — an arena ripe with corruption that the league has been trying to clean up — and works closely with all 30 teams.

Torre, a former Mets infielder (1975-77) and manager (1977-81), is confident that Ng would be a good choice for the Mets or any other team.
“I’m a little biased,” he said. “But she’s got a lot to give.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 22, 2018 at 06:01 AM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: general managers, kim ng, mets

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Empty vows, Alderson back-stab: Inside Mets’ GM search mess

But what is 180 degrees for the Mets? Fred Wilpon feels they got too analytical under Alderson — a sentiment not shared in the industry. But how does being too analytical jibe with what Jeff said in that end-of-year media briefing, that Alderson recommended not enlarging one of the smallest analytic departments in the majors? How can you be too analytical and yet have a tiny analytics department? And, by the way, don’t you think some good candidates noticed that Jeff put this on Alderson’s plate and also said his regime did not want to spend heavily on free agents?

Lack of appreciation/accountability from ownership also is not going to draw the best and brightest. Alderson brought stability and a strong public face at the worst of times for these owners (think Madoff), steered the Mets to an NL title, did not leave the cupboards bare of talent and — for goodness’ sake — is battling cancer. Do you think this ingratitude is not a talking point within the game?

Jim Furtado Posted: October 16, 2018 at 10:09 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: general managers, mets

Monday, August 13, 2018

Best all-time general manager: Introducing the GM rating system

This looks interesting.

Edit:
Bill Felber’s page looks like the best way to find the individual GM write-ups.
Link fixed. Sorry!

Jim Furtado Posted: August 13, 2018 at 09:43 AM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: general managers

Friday, August 10, 2018

Cardinals executive on radar in Mets’ GM search

In the nascent stages of the Mets’ general manager search, Gary LaRocque’s name is among those receiving consideration.
[...]
Multiple individuals connected to the team have indicated Mets patriarch Fred Wilpon, 81, is unlikely to hand the organization’s reins to a young, purely analytics-driven GM with whom he would perhaps have difficulty connecting. The growing belief is Wilpon will look toward a more traditional baseball person.
[...]
There is thought among team officials that perhaps the Mets became too analytics driven in recent seasons under Sandy Alderson’s watch, and a veteran leader with a pure baseball background would help shift the organization toward the center.


 

 

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