Baseball for the Thinking Fan

Login | Register | Feedback

You are here > Home > Baseball Newsstand > Baseball Primer Newsblog > Discussion
Baseball Primer Newsblog
— The Best News Links from the Baseball Newsstand

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Inside the ‘Zona: Who’s Steering This Ship?

Last week, a really wonderful piece on [Tony] La Russa was published at Sports On Earth, written by John Perrotto… one little nugget, pertaining to owner Ken Kendrick, in Perrotto’s work stood out in particular:

some in the Diamondbacks’ front office believe Kendrick gets too involved in the baseball end of the operation.

Two sources — one currently in the organization and one now working for another club — confirmed that it was Kendrick who told Towers to sign outfielder Cody Ross and right-hander Brandon McCarthy as free agents during the 2012-13 offseason against the objections of the baseball operations department.

... [Kendrick] slammed both Stephen Drew and Justin Upton in the media a few years back in what can only be described as poor PR and presumably lowered his bargaining power on the open market when trying to deal the two players… He later publicly declared that Trevor Bauer needed to “grow up” and that probably wasn’t the best use of the airwaves, either. His employees have noticed this detrimental behavior, as my personal sources inside the organization can confirm the off-the-cuff nature of Kendrics and his unprofessionalism at times…

this does impact my view of Kevin Towers… If he’s had to make transactions to appease ownership rather than managing the organization as he sees fit, being micro-managed to some degree, then we don’t really know how to evaluate him…

since La Russa’s hiring in May, we haven’t heard much from owner Ken Kendricks. And maybe that’s the takeaway: La Russa has served as the bridge between Kendrick and Towers, presumably working with Kevin to make smart baseball decisions while assuring ownership of the work that’s being done. There’s no doubt that Kendrick respects and values La Russa’s knowledge and experience, likely more so than Towers’. The hands-on management hasn’t done the Diamondbacks any favors, and if La Russa can insulate the baseball operations from ownership, the organization might prove to be moving in a better, more level-headed direction.

How the rest of it plays out is yet to be seen, but if La Russa can keep Kendrick from meddling in player transactions, then I’d say it’s a hire well worth making. We’ve already seen the alternative, and that’s something that can’t continue.

(h/t MLBTR)

The District Attorney Posted: August 24, 2014 at 07:32 PM | 1 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: diamondbacks, kevin towers, tony la russa

Reader Comments and Retorts

Go to end of page

Statements posted here are those of our readers and do not represent the BaseballThinkFactory. Names are provided by the poster and are not verified. We ask that posters follow our submission policy. Please report any inappropriate comments.

   1. Cargo Cultist Posted: August 24, 2014 at 07:59 PM (#4778274)
We’ve already seen the alternative, and that’s something that can’t continue.

Sure it can. Steinbrenner did it for years and years.

You must be Registered and Logged In to post comments.



<< Back to main

BBTF Partner

Support BBTF


Thanks to
Vegas Watch
for his generous support.


You must be logged in to view your Bookmarks.

Hot Topics

NewsblogOT: NBA 2016-17 Preseason Thread
(275 - 12:07am, Oct 26)

NewsblogEven The Data Thinks The Cubs May Have Been Cursed | FiveThirtyEight
(30 - 12:04am, Oct 26)
Last: winnipegwhip

(801 - 12:04am, Oct 26)
Last: shoewizard

NewsblogOTP 2016 October 24: Breitbart Radio Exclusive: Curt Schilling Joins Breitbart News Rotation Weekdays 9AM to 11AM ET
(428 - 11:54pm, Oct 25)
Last: Renegade JE (((Jason))), Fermenting Violence

NewsblogThe Big League Prospect Who Became a Mob Hit Man - The New York Times
(18 - 11:19pm, Oct 25)
Last: eric

NewsblogHeyman - Kyle Schwarber Expected To Be Activated For World Series
(33 - 10:45pm, Oct 25)
Last: Jose Remains The Most Absurd Thing on the Site

NewsblogArizona Diamondbacks land Red Sox exec Amiel Sawdaye
(26 - 10:41pm, Oct 25)
Last: shoewizard

NewsblogYankee Stadium being updated with new areas for fans
(12 - 10:17pm, Oct 25)
Last: Howie Menckel

NewsblogPrimer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-25-2016
(17 - 9:23pm, Oct 25)
Last: AndrewJ

NewsblogChief Wahoo, Cleveland Indians' logo, heads to the World Series. Prepare for outrage. - Chicago Tribune
(51 - 6:37pm, Oct 25)
Last: Greg K

Hall of MeritMost Meritorious Player: 1998 Ballot
(3 - 6:11pm, Oct 25)
Last: MrC.

NewsblogA 'Major League' interview with director David S. Ward
(1 - 5:44pm, Oct 25)
Last: Los Angeles El Hombre de Anaheim

Gonfalon CubsBring on the outsourced 5 minute Indians preview
(90 - 4:34pm, Oct 25)
Last: zonk

NewsblogCubs clinching pennant changed mindset that has been around far too long - Chicago Tribune
(29 - 3:28pm, Oct 25)
Last: Moses Taylor, Unwavering Optimist

Sox TherapyHalf Full or Half Empty?
(1 - 1:50pm, Oct 25)
Last: villageidiom

Page rendered in 0.1197 seconds
47 querie(s) executed