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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

Monday, November 10, 2014

As Cubs get headlines, don’t overlook work of White Sox GM Rick Hahn - CBSSports.com

Rick Hahn isn’t number two in Chicago.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 10, 2014 at 09:48 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: general managers, rick hahn, white sox

Sunday, November 09, 2014


Thursday, November 06, 2014

Five MLB execs who will shape the offseason. | SportsonEarth.com : Richard Justice

We have the dynamics for a fascinating offseason in place.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 06, 2014 at 07:17 PM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, dodgers, free agents, general managers, giants, red sox, yankees

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

MLB pitcher Brandon McCarthy shuts down Ryan Theriot’s ridiculous argument about GMs | For The Win

Something tells me Ryan Theriot is not on the GM fast track.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 05, 2014 at 03:05 PM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: brandon mccarthy, general managers, ryan theriot

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Josh Byrnes seen as a leader for job under Dodgers president Friedman - CBSSports.com

Like Jed Hoyer in Chicago, would Byrnes really just be an assistant GM with the GM title?

Jim Furtado Posted: October 19, 2014 at 08:54 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: andrew friedman, general managers, josh byrnes

Saturday, October 18, 2014

On Paul DePodesta, Craig Wright, and rounding out the Dodgers narrative. | Inside the Dodgers

Craig Wright was a pioneer. It’s not easy being a pioneer.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 18, 2014 at 10:27 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: general managers, history, sabermetrics

Thursday, October 16, 2014

A look at some qualified GM candidates for the Los Angeles Dodgers - ESPN Los Angeles

It might take a little while for new Los Angeles Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman to hire a general manager. For one thing, there’s no rush. Free agency doesn’t start until after the World Series ends and the real action tends to center around the winter meetings in early December. The Dodgers have plenty of front office people, including outgoing GM Ned Colletti, to hold down the position until Friedman gets his feet on the ground in L.A.

Friedman is also going to need a little time to pack up and move his family, which includes two young children. That doesn’t sound easy.

So, while it may not be a front-burner issue, it’s never too early to examine some of the candidates he figures to take a look at:

Jim Furtado Posted: October 16, 2014 at 09:58 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, general managers

Wednesday, October 15, 2014


Rays’ Silverman counts on innovative spirit | TBO.com

Meet the new geek in charge. He’s going to need some luck. As Baseball America’s John Manual commented on Twitter “Friedman left at right time. Several years of rough drafts have left farm system thin. Dodgers have several more high-end prospects.” The Rays could have tough times on the horizon.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 15, 2014 at 08:50 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: general managers, rays

Los Angeles Dodgers stepping into 21st century with Andrew Friedman - ESPN Los Angeles

Mark Saxon’s excellent take on why this happened.

Two trade deadlines ago, the Los Angeles Dodgers got deep into discussions with the Los Angeles Angels to acquire second baseman Howie Kendrick.

The Angels were foundering and looking to deal expensive veterans for talent that could help replenish their bereft farm system. The Dodgers, living with aging Mark Ellis as their primary second baseman, felt in need of an upgrade. In the end, the Dodgers passed on the deal because they didn’t want to part with pitching prospect Zach Lee and they were worried about tampering with a team on a historic run.

According to sources, that decision widened a rift in the team’s front office. It lingered for nearly a year and a half. The push-pull, in general terms, was between general manager Ned Colletti and his small group of loyalists, primarily scouts and former scouts such as Rick Ragazzo and Vance Lovelace, and an analytics group that felt its input sometimes fell on deaf ears.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 15, 2014 at 07:01 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: andrew friedman, dodgers, general managers

Moneyball Comes to LA: Dodgers Hire Andrew Friedman | FanGraphs Baseball

Besides falling short of expectations, I bet this has as much to do with Colletti’s departure.

The team spent over $26 million on the foursome of Brian Wilson, Brandon League, J.P. Howell, and Chris Perez this year, hoping that group would form a strong setup core in front of cheap-and-dominant closer Kenley Jansen. No other team spent $26 million on their entire bullpen, closer included, so this was the most expensive collection of middle relievers baseball has ever seen.

And as a group, they performed at essentially replacement level (-0.8 WAR by FIP, +0.7 WAR by RA9), taking about 10 percent of the Dodgers payroll and lighting it on fire. When the playoffs rolled around, the Dodgers had essentially lost faith in all of their relievers besides Jansen, and their bullpen’s NLDS performance — 6 runs allowed in 8.1 innings — didn’t do anything to stem the criticism.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 15, 2014 at 06:56 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: andrew friedman, dodgers, general managers

Los Angeles Dodgers hire ex-Tampa Bay Rays GM Andrew Friedman - ESPN Los Angeles

Ironically, sources say the Dodgers’ failed pursuit of a trade for Price this past summer only heightened their admiration of Friedman. Said one source: “They always asked for the right prospects. Not just the guys everybody knows, either.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 15, 2014 at 06:50 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: andrew friedman, dodgers, general managers

Thursday, October 09, 2014

How will Los Angeles Dodgers and Washington Nationals seize what is left of their championship windows? - NY Daily News

If they are looking for good chemistry in the clubhouse, maybe the Dodgers should exchange Colletti for Kevin Towers.

Good luck trying to get a solid read on the mood of the current team, or Mattingly’s ability to manage the egos. During the season, Dodgers people spoke of a deep disconnect among the players, the old “25 cabs for 25 guys” syndrome and a lack of chemistry.

“I don’t think that’s how you win a championship,” said one Dodgers person.

But team chemistry is highly subjective, and others close to the situation continue to praise Mattingly for his laid-back style, and ability to handle superstar egos. The most thorny issue that arose was how to balance four established players, Matt Kemp, Yasiel Puig, Carl Crawford and Andre Ethier, in the outfield.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 09, 2014 at 08:59 AM | 123 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, general managers, ned colletti

Wednesday, October 08, 2014


Friday, September 05, 2014

http://www.azsnakepit.com/2014/9/5/6109413/kevin-towers-fired-as-diamondbacks-gm

Towers’ tenure has been marked by a slew of trades and player personnel moves that left many in the game scratching their heads. His most significant trade, the deal that sent outfielder Justin Upton to the Atlanta Braves, was widely questioned when it was made in January 2013 and looks lopsided nearly two seasons later.

But scratching one’s head has been about the only fun to be had in Phoenix for years now…

frannyzoo Posted: September 05, 2014 at 07:58 AM | 50 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, general managers, grit

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Padres To Hire A.J. Preller As GM

Eccentric!  ROWRRRR.

The Padres have decided to hire Rangers assistant general manager A.J. Preller to fill their GM vacancy, sources tell Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports (Twitter link).

Preller had been one of four finalists for the vacancy, along with Red Sox assistant GM Mike Hazen, Yankees assistant GM Billy Eppler and MLB executive Kim Ng. Preller and Eppler were both rumored to be favorites for the job at different times, though the most recent reports had Eppler in the lead.

Instead, the Padres will go with Preller, who has been described as “eccentric” at time by peers, as Tom Krasovic of the San Diego Union-Tribune recently wrote. Krasovic also noted Preller’s aggressive nature when pursuing Latin American players on the amateur market. International scouting was said to be a priority for the Padres in their pursuit of a new GM, which led Peter Gammons to speculate that Preller could be the favorite. The Padres were said to prefer to hire an up-and-comer in the baseball operations world rather than someone with previous GM experience, and the 36-year-old Preller fits that bill.

The District Attorney Posted: August 06, 2014 at 01:39 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: a.j. preller, general managers, padres

 

 

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