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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

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Will New York Yankees’ Jean Afterman be baseball’s first female GM? The sport should be so lucky

“####### it,” The Boss exploded. “I can’t believe [Irabu] guy. I’m going to stick him on the next plane right back to you.”

Afterman listened as the knockdown pitch sailed up and in. She never tolerates being spoken to disrespectfully—even by someone as legendary as The Boss.

“Seriously, great!” Afterman countered, raising Steinbrenner’s ante. “I’m going to be at the f—-ing airport. You send him back with his f—-ing signing-bonus check and we’ll go right to the bank and we’ll cash it.

“Make sure he has that f—-ing check and I will welcome him with open arms and we’ll sign him with another team tomorrow.”

The counterpunch stunned Steinbrenner.

“Hmmm, that’s not the way you talk,” Steinbrenner said.

Afterman reiterated her point, refusing to be bullied.

“Just send him back, give him his signing bonus check and we’ll rip up the contract tomorrow and we’ll sign him someplace else,” she said.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 12, 2017 at 08:25 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: general managers, yankees

Friday, April 07, 2017

How Dodgers GM Farhan Zaidi became one of the most coveted minds in baseball - LA Times

A great feature on Farhan Zaidi.

“You get one ‘Friday Night Lights’ ending, and you get 29 ‘Sopranos’ endings,” Zaidi said. “The lights just go out, and you don’t know what happened.”

Jim Furtado Posted: April 07, 2017 at 08:43 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, farhan zaidi, general managers

Monday, April 03, 2017

MLB preview: Q&A with Pirates general manager Neal Huntington

Huntington: A lot of it was conceptualized before we came in the door. After talking with Bob (Nutting) and Frank (Coonelly), we bought into the concept of let’s see what the 2008 could do. They’d done a nice job (in 2007) and appeared to be ready to take the next step forward. There were some established position players, although most of them were approaching free agency. There wasn’t much in the farm system other than (Andrew) McCutchen, (Neil) Walker and Brad Lincoln. We knew we were going to have to invest heavily in the draft and in the international market. We knew there needed to be some changeover in personnel and some changes in systems and structures.

Unfortunately, 2008 did not go well. We were below .500 at the trade deadline, so we made the decision to move those veteran players who were nearing free agency and go full force into talent-accumulation mode.

So much of that first year was about discovering what was good and who was good, and who could be part of the future on and off the field. The next phase was talent accumulation, then talent development, then major league team maturation, then “Let’s push this thing forward and figure out a way to win a World Series.” So a lot (of the plan) was in place early. We’ve evaluated and evolved over time, for sure. But conceptually, a lot of it was in place as we walked in the door. Maybe that’s part of the reason why Bob and Frank offered me the position.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 03, 2017 at 08:33 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: general managers, neal huntington, pirates

Saturday, April 01, 2017

Q&A: Forst talks formula for success for A’s

MLB.com: Jed Hoyer talked about trading Corey Kluber to Cleveland when he was in San Diego and how that almost came back to bite him years later in the World Series. Is it tough to see a guy like Josh Donaldson thrive in Toronto the way he has after trading him?

Forst: We knew Josh was a good player when we traded him. We didn’t have any illusions that he was going to go out and put up a clunker of a year after that; I didn’t know he was going to win the MVP. That’s part of our situation here. We knew that we were not far away from him taking up a big chunk of our payroll, and it wasn’t sustainable. After that first year, he was going to start making $11 million, $12 million, up to $17 million, which I think he’s making next year. We knew we were going to have to do something too soon rather than too late with Josh.
We can look on the field right now; Kendall Graveman, who is likely our Opening Day starter, and Franklin Barreto, who is our No. 1 prospect, both came from that trade. History is still waiting to be written on the results of that deal, but that’s just sort of life in Oakland. You have to make those decisions on the Josh Donaldsons of the world.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 01, 2017 at 09:16 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, david forst, general managers

MLB executives have respect for one another | MLB.com

It’s tough to build a culture when you are unemployed.

“Dave’s relentless,” Moore said. “One thing I’ve noticed about him through the years is he’s relentless at dotting the I’s and crossing the T’s. He’s had great relationships with his managers. He’s had great managers. He’s been able to attract people that want to work for him. And he’s always won.”

Jim Furtado Posted: April 01, 2017 at 08:11 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: general managers

Saturday, February 25, 2017

GMs’ View: Picking a Direction and Staying the Course | FanGraphs Baseball

Some good quotes in this piece.

Jerry Dipoto, Seattle Mariners: “You always want a plan, and we’ve not varied. Our roster has varied, but the plan we instituted the day I took the job has… I don’t want to say it’s come to fruition, but this is about as close as we’ve been to that. We wanted to control the strike zone, we wanted to be more athletic, we wanted to be deeper on the pitcher’s mound, and we wanted to improve our overall organizational depth in our minor-league system. To some extent, we’ve accomplished all of those things. Now we have to see if it actually results in wins on the field.

“To me, the middle ground, say 80 wins, isn’t the place to be. But I will say this: having gone through rebuilds with two different franchises — once as a player, and then as an executive — it isn’t very comfortable. It’s an exciting time to be a scout, and sometimes it’s enjoyable to be in player development, but it’s hard to rebuild. It’s hard to put the fan base through that.

“With all the young players we have, we don’t feel we’re operating in a small window. We feel we’ve added enough sustainable young players that can add to that core, and help us win now, and help us open a window that can stay open.”

Jim Furtado Posted: February 25, 2017 at 08:43 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: general managers

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Former D-backs GM Dave Stewart regrets trading Dansby Swanson, calls firing unfair

“I would probably say I should have stuck to my gut — although I think Shelby Miller is going to be everything I thought he was going to be when I traded for him,” Stewart said Wednesday on MLB Network Radio. “But my gut that whole time said I should not move Dansby Swanson.

 

 

shoewizard Posted: February 18, 2017 at 09:25 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: dave stewart, diamondbacks, general managers

Meet baseball’s latest boy genius – the son of a pile driver operator

A boy genius for you. A boy genius for you. Boy geniuses for EVERYBODY!!

Jim Furtado Posted: February 18, 2017 at 08:24 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: derek falvey, general managers, twins

Monday, February 13, 2017

Rays say good communication helps three-headed baseball operations department function | Tampa Bay Times

Why not also add in a “college of coaches”?

The setup is somewhat different. In November both were named senior vice presidents, with Neander also the general manager, and both are working under baseball operations president Matt Silverman, giving the Rays, in essence, a three-headed department.

“It is a unique structure,” Silverman said. “But it works because of the uniqueness of their paths and the relationship they’ve been able to form over a decade.”

Jim Furtado Posted: February 13, 2017 at 06:53 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: front office, general managers, rays

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Know Thyself: How Self-Assessment by Teams Fires The MLB Hot Stove | VICE Sports

“You’ve got a thousand little things that go into it, even when you feel like you’ve got a pretty good sense of your ballclub,” said one executive. “How long a tenure does the general manager have, and how long is his current contract? How stable and consistent and long-term looking is the ownership? How have the last five years been? The last ten? What’s the current season ticket base? There’s just so many different factors, and there is a huge wide spectrum of thought on each of those issues.”

Jim Furtado Posted: January 25, 2017 at 06:40 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: general managers

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Jeff Bridich on Building the Rockies (With an Eye on the NFL) | FanGraphs Baseball

It’s tough to think outside the box when you all occupy the same box.

“That’s where your internal process is important — how you evaluate, and not only the players you have, but also the type of development process you have. You’ve got to have people that don’t think alike all the time. Group-think isn’t always a good thing in an organization. You want people who are willing to play devil’s advocate and push your internal convention. If you’ve got that, you’re hopefully setting yourself up to make good decisions.

“It’s important to have principles, and it’s important to have a plan and a strategy, but you also need to have a common-sense approach. And there’s only so much you can do during the season. Unless you have completely unlimited funds, which maybe one or two teams in the league have, it’s very difficult to change your stripes in any one season.”

Jim Furtado Posted: January 24, 2017 at 06:48 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: general managers, jeff bridich, rockies

 

 

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