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Saturday, August 27, 2016

The Diamondbacks’ flexible philosophies

““So what’s next for the Diamondbacks? The owner and the CEO are the same. Will they stay old school? Will they go outside-the-box? Will they hire someone who’s got a series of impressive degrees and worked in a baseball front office? Will they go purely sabermetric? Or will they stay where they are and augment La Russa with someone he knows and trusts, like Walt Jocketty?

Any guesses about their future might be accurate because the Diamondbacks have tried just about everything. There’s no reason to believe they’ll make any alterations to that haphazard arrangement now and, judging by their somewhat bizarre history, it’s liable to work.”“

shoewizard Posted: August 27, 2016 at 01:50 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: baseball operations, diamondbacks, general, general managers, ownership

Tuesday, August 02, 2016

Yasiel Puig’s time with Los Angeles Dodgers always seemed destined to end badly - LA Times

Hernandez’s zinger could have been worse. He could have compared Zaidi to LA Times sports columnists. Those guys, phew, they aren’t that bright.

While Zaidi was speaking, Fox Sports posted a story online about how Puig departed Dodger Stadium in a huff after being told he would be traded or demoted.

“I’m not going to comment on that,” Zaidi said. “We have an off day today. Anything further, we’ll address and comment on tomorrow.”

Zaidi has a doctorate in behavioral economics from the University of California. He is smarter than most of the numbers crunchers in the game who use their affinity for analytics to masquerade as intellectuals.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 02, 2016 at 05:49 PM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, farhan zaidi, general managers, yasiel puig

Sunday, July 31, 2016


Friday, July 29, 2016

Breaking down all 30 MLB general managers | MLB.com

I don’t buy into the classifications but an interesting look at today’s GMs.

Farhan Zaidi, Dodgers
Zaidi holds the title of GM, but this front office also features Alex Anthopoulos, Josh Byrnes, Gerry Hunsicker and Ned Colletti, all of whom are former GMs with varying degrees of influence. Stan Kasten is the club president, but it appears that all baseball decisions run through president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman, a former small-market guru who now runs the team with baseball’s highest payroll. All insist their deals are collaborative, but there are a lot of moving pieces here.
“I defy you to find a tougher front office to explain,” said one longtime observer of the franchise.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 29, 2016 at 07:00 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: general managers

Sunday, July 24, 2016


Thursday, July 21, 2016

Heyman - Stewart Defends D-backs From Unnamed Accusations

The best way to answer the critics is to win.

The trade of Brad Ziegler incited some unexpected controversy when unnamed executives complained to a couple reporters that their teams offered a better package (or packages) for the reliever. And one exec even told Peter Gammons that he suspected that Tony La Russa only did that allegedly bad deal with the Boston Red Sox’s Dave Dombrowski because those two worked together with the White Sox three decades ago.

Seems like an unlikely reason to make a deal, but that’s what they allegedly said.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 21, 2016 at 11:24 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: dave stewart, diamondbacks, general managers

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Cubs GM Jed Hoyer: ‘Expect the unexpected’ at trade deadline | CSN Chicago

If we expect the unexpected, does the unexpected become expected?

Yes, the market for starting pitching is especially thin at a time when there aren’t that many overall difference-makers available. But Hoyer also pointed to the Red Sox flipping Jon Lester to the Oakland A’s in the Yoenis Cespedes deal at the 2014 deadline (an eye-opening experience outside of Boston that ultimately helped the Cubs sign the $155 million pitcher).

“That was like a total shock,” Hoyer said. “I think we should expect the unexpected.”

Jim Furtado Posted: July 20, 2016 at 10:40 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, general managers, jed hoyer

Monday, July 18, 2016

Twins dismiss Terry Ryan | MLB.com

Terry Ryan was relieved of his duties as Twins executive vice president and general manager on Monday, with assistant GM Rob Antony replacing him on an interim basis.

“Since joining our organization as a player in 1972, Terry has been a dedicated, loyal and respected member of the Minnesota Twins family,” Twins owner and CEO Jim Pohlad said in announcing the dismissal. “Terry has been a gifted leader of the baseball department for over 18 seasons. It is impossible to overstate his contribution to our game, our team and the Upper Midwest baseball community.
“The decision to part ways with Terry was difficult, painful and not obvious. We are extremely grateful and very thankful to Terry, his wife Karilyn and their family for being a part of the Minnesota Twins.”

Jim Furtado Posted: July 18, 2016 at 01:29 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: general managers, terry ryan, twins

Tuesday, June 07, 2016

Theo Epstein’s two biggest mistakes just hit rock bottom | New York Post

So, he’s saying Theo isn’t perfect. Of course, nobody is.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 07, 2016 at 06:56 AM | 58 comment(s)
  Beats: general managers, theo epstein

Monday, May 16, 2016

Jed Hoyer, The Other Guy in Cubs front office, fits role perfectly - Chicago Tribune

Talk about the Cubs around town and Jed only comes before Theo alphabetically, a reality Hoyer accepts without a hint of resentment.

“No, it doesn’t bother me,’’ Hoyer said. “One of the first things we talked about when we did this was that this only is going to work is if it’s a total collaboration. No one knows who works on what deals or what contracts. Once you start getting into who deserves credit in a front office, it’s a huge negative and we’ve done what we can to avoid that.’‘

It helps that Hoyer holds his buddy in as high esteem as others.

“Listen, Theo is one of a kind,’’ Hoyer said. “He has created an amazing culture and is as good of a baseball executive as this game has seen in long time. I’m fortunate I’ve been able to learn from him. We form a great partnership and know the way the other thinks. How I see it is, your ultimate goal in every sport is to be a good teammate and help your team win. … I want to be that good teammate.’‘

Jim Furtado Posted: May 16, 2016 at 06:38 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, general managers, jed hoyer

Saturday, May 07, 2016

Alex Anthopoulos reflects on time Blue Jays | MLB.com

On his reasons behind walking away at the end of 2015…
Anthopoulos: “I know a lot was made that I wasn’t as forthcoming, or maybe it should have been a little more specific, but I wanted to keep that more private overall ... I did my best to try to enjoy the playoffs. I really made a conscious effort to try to enjoy it. And until the decision is final, it’s not final.
“I would say through the end of the month of August, I expected to be here for five, 10, 20 years, whatever it was going to be, and then things rolled into September, and that’s probably the first time it entered my mind that it might not be back. But certainly the decision wasn’t done until the end.”

Jim Furtado Posted: May 07, 2016 at 11:12 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: alex anthopoulos, blue jays, general managers

Tuesday, May 03, 2016

To learn about himself, Ben Cherington decided to teach - The Boston Globe

I still believe he was scapegoated.

The topics seemingly have sharpened Cherington’s views of what happened during his time in Boston. Even as the organization’s emerging young core — which Cherington proved resolute in preserving — appears to have the team back on a promising track, he understands why he is no longer GM of the Red Sox.

“Results do matter. In Boston, you know they matter. That’s fundamentally a part of the job,” he said. “In Boston, you know that the results do matter and there isn’t a long time to get there. I guess what I’m trying to get at is that I don’t think that covering yourself in the sort of gauze of strategy and process is sufficient if you’re really trying to learn from what happened. Yes, there were reasons why we did everything we did, but the bottom line is we didn’t perform well enough for two years. When that happens in a place like Boston, there’s a lot of pressure on the institution to make change because it’s a business. That change happened. If I’m going to learn something from it, I think I have to embrace that the results weren’t there, and why was that.”

Jim Furtado Posted: May 03, 2016 at 11:35 AM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: ben cherington, general managers, red sox

Thursday, March 31, 2016

The Baseball Historian: The Cardinals Way: A Review

I’ve read about a third of the book and I’m enjoying it very much.


Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Arizona Diamondbacks’ GM, wife navigate unique situation

Among those competing for a roster spot are catcher Chris Herrmann and reliever Enrique Burgos. Both are former clients of Stewart, the club’s GM. Both are current clients of Murray, the GM’s wife.

shoewizard Posted: March 29, 2016 at 10:05 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: agents, diamondbacks, general, general managers, legal

Monday, March 28, 2016

Ruben Amaro Jr. reflects on time with Phillies | phillies.com

Members of the new Phillies’ regime have said the analytics system was way more advanced than they had anticipated, based on nothing more than the world’s outside perception of it.

If that is true, then why did the Phillies try to seem so unanalytical at times?

“We didn’t think it was all that important for us to have to advertise what we were doing,” Amaro said. “Why do we have to advertise what we do? Am I doing it to save my job or what? We were a little behind I think with some of the analytics. The reality of it is we won without the analytics. We had the best team in baseball without the analytics … a full analytics core. Could we have been better? Maybe. There’s always ways to improve, but that’s probably why I’m in a uniform now.”

Jim Furtado Posted: March 28, 2016 at 09:35 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: general managers, phillies, ruben amaro jr.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

The day the direction of the Padres changed | SanDiegoUnionTribune.com

The story gets better.

Preller was the quirky, baseball savant who showed up for interviews with a nondescript spiral notebook that Peter Seidler, the franchise’s lead investor, described as the kind you’d pick up at a Target with “scribbles and notes at all these weird angles.”

Other finalists, by contrast, surrounded themselves with leather-bound notepads, Power Point presentations and unmistakable polish.

Preller, though, had climbed into final contention for the job with Yankees Assistant GM Billy Eppler, now GM of the Anaheim Angels and reportedly Dee’s initial pick. The candidate with the no-ego notebook requested one more sit-down as he scouted an area high school tournament.

“I told him I’d meet him one last time, just as a kind of courtesy, because he was so good throughout the process,” Dee said. “He basically blew me away. When I said, if we don’t go with you because of this concern or that concern, he was just like an attorney cross-examining. He basically mitigated every concern.

“I got back to San Diego at 5 a.m. and called (Chairman) Ron Fowler at 8 a.m. I said, ‘I had a change of heart overnight.’ We have to hire A.J.”

Jim Furtado Posted: March 22, 2016 at 03:22 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: a.j. preller, general managers, padres

Monday, March 07, 2016

Interview With Former GM and Baseball Lifer Dan Evans

Evan had an opportunity to work alongside former Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos for the past few years, Evans spoke about the work ethic of Anthopoulos.

“Alex has as much passion as anyone I have ever worked with, and he has an unrivalled capacity for work. A good friend of mine dubbed me The Energizer Bunny a few years ago, but Alex wins the gold medal in energy. I have immense respect for his character and creativity, and appreciated how he fully immersed himself, reading every report. We chatted when he took the Dodgers’ position, and I know that he will definitely make a positive contribution to a franchise that I have a ton of respect for. I wish him the best, but my focus and goal is trying to win the 2016 World Series with the Blue Jays.”

Jim Furtado Posted: March 07, 2016 at 07:00 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: dan evans, general managers

 

 

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