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Saturday, April 18, 2020

Book Excerpt: Future Value: The Battle for Baseball’s Soul and How Teams Will Find the Next Supersta

Depending on what your career goals and timetable are, and despite the fact that everyone in baseball took a unique path, there are lanes to place yourself in to increase your odds at success.

If your goal is to be a GM (this is the most common dream), then you need to figure out what your separating skill will be (you don’t have one right now) and go down the path to be an expert in that area. Increasingly, being an ace scout isn’t a recipe to run a team, so that’s not the smartest way to position yourself for a move up the ladder to GM. You can come up in scouting departments or player development, but be based in the office so you have a management point of view, are getting face time around those people, and are in those meetings. You may need to be a coach or scout as a first step, but know that your path needs to get you into the office sooner than later.

More commonly, GMs come from people who are office-lifer types, who come up as assistants in baseball operations (general contributors across departments), a step up to coordinator or assistant director (managing schedules and interns or entry-level employees, introduced to decision-making meetings), then becoming director of baseball operations (in charge of budgets, rules, running the office day-to-day, pitching in on hiring and higher-level decisions) then assistant GM, where your specialty (running the office, rules, overseeing a scouting or player dev department) is the flavor that your job takes, along with the thing that can headline your résumé for GM.

A sitting GM once described to us that he and his three AGMs are in charge of servicing the various departments (analytics, big league operations, international scouting, domestic scouting, pro scouting, player development). There’s more departments than the four of them, so they’re playing a zone coverage, constantly going between all the areas, making sure each department has what they need to succeed and, ideally, not needing further direction or correction.

Some thoughts concerning obtaining a front-office position in MLB.


QLE Posted: April 18, 2020 at 01:20 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: general managers, jobs

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 |

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




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