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Wednesday, February 05, 2020

The Astros needed a good GM, but the Rays didn’t deserve to lose James Click

The Houston Astros needed a general manager. He’d be somebody to steer the franchise toward a little dignity, around the draft vacancies and talent craters sure to come, and away from the self-inflicted humiliation reflecting from recent seasons. Guy’s not going to sleep much, in part because the roster he inherited seems to have overrun the manager who just left. There’s a lot to do. A lot to fix. A lot to heal.

Team owner Jim Crane on Monday, with spring training opening in a week, chose James Click, a dedicated baseball man who in 15 years had risen from intern to vice president of baseball operations with the Tampa Bay Rays, just beneath Erik Neander on the baseball ops depth chart. This, just days after Crane hired a manager, Dusty Baker, and gave him but a season’s worth of security.

Click earned the job. He knows the industry. He is smart. People like him. He’ll probably make a fine general manager. He could not turn down a career opportunity that hardly ever comes along.

The Astros should not have hired him.

Normally, I’m not a fan of the pinata-post style of article commentary- but I’m legitimately having trouble following this argument, and I’m trying to figure out if it’s a failure on my end or not.

 

QLE Posted: February 05, 2020 at 12:31 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, bad analysis, dirty rotten cheaters, general managers, james click, rays

Thursday, December 05, 2019

Business of Baseball: Free Agents | 12/04/2019 | MLB.com

I love these discussions. The whole discussion will be broadcast on Saturday at 5 PM, EST.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 05, 2019 at 06:19 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: general managers

Saturday, October 12, 2019

The ‘purge’ Mets’ Brodie Van Wagenen, other GMs should fear

“This year the managers, next year the GM purge.”

These were the words of a top official from an AL team shortly after learning Gabe Kapler had been fired by the Phillies. Eight teams are pursuing a new manager, more than one-quarter of the league.

Just the Red Sox are looking to fill their head of baseball operations department after the dismissal of Dave Dombrowski less than a year after Boston won the World Series. The Giants could hire a GM, but that title no longer assures authority over the baseball department. President of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi will have the final say on the hire and personnel decisions.

So who is on the hot seat clock as the offseason begins for the baseball version of “The Purge?”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 12, 2019 at 05:47 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: general managers

Friday, October 11, 2019

The perfect Red Sox GM candidate just became a free agent—Dodgers boss Andrew Friedman

The shocking elimination of the Dodgers in Game 5 of the NLDS on Wednesday creates an opening for the Red Sox to pursue their white whale—Andrew Friedman.

L.A.‘s president of baseball operations is widely considered the shrewdest executive in the game, and he has built a juggernaut out west, with the Dodgers simultaneously cutting payroll and competing for World Series titles on an annual basis.

His contract happens to be up, and there’s some unease about why he hasn’t yet agreed to an extension. A couple of weeks ago, all involved expressed optimism to the L.A. Times that Friedman would return, albeit in less than absolute terms; president Stan Kasten said he was “pretty confident” Friedman would be back.

And if he’s not? Expect the Red Sox to be first in line.

I don’t know- given the impression we’ve been getting as for why there is an opening in the first place, Friedman’s track record on a certain matter, and the ways in which the local fan base has been behaving in the last decade-and-a-half, this could backfire pretty quickly…..

 

QLE Posted: October 11, 2019 at 12:58 AM | 39 comment(s)
  Beats: andrew friedman, general managers, red sox

Sunday, October 06, 2019

Giants working to get GM in place as search for new manager begins

SAN FRANCISCO—As he sat at the podium Tuesday and talked about all the work ahead of him, Giants president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi laughed while telling a story about 2014. Zaidi was a rising star in the industry and had just been hired by Andrew Friedman, a similar talent, to serve as general manager of the Dodgers.

“There was a lot of talk that this seems like a game of title inflation,” Zaidi recalled. “‘Nobody ever needed a president and a GM before, how’s this going to work?’ I feel in five years baseball has come a long way because there’s a tremendous amount of alarm that we don’t have a GM at this point. I think it shows the evolution of front offices and how sophisticated, and at times complex and involved, running a baseball operations department is.”

Giants officials got that sense every time they walked into Dodger Stadium in recent years. To get to the visiting clubhouse you have to walk past the old clubhouse, which now houses the organization’s massive analytics department. Baseball operations has become big business, and the Giants—who mostly have had the same group in place for a couple decades—plan to keep up.

After being somewhat coy about the process during the season, Zaidi came out Tuesday and made it clear he will hire a general manager. He called it a high priority and said he would move as quickly as possible, but insisted “there’s no favorite, let alone somebody who has either (the GM or manager) job in the bag.”

Sincere question:

Is it actually needed to have both a president of baseball operations and a general manager, and, if so, is it just a matter of “complexity” vaguely, or due to actual specific needs?

 

QLE Posted: October 06, 2019 at 12:59 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: farhan zaidi, general managers, giants

 

 

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