Re: GM of the YEAR
posted at 9/7/2013 9:34 PM EDT
In response to Sheriff-Rojas' comment:
In response to nhsteven's comment:
Don't know if there is such an award, but the previously maligned Ben C is my choice.
He picked up
Victorino - This was a key reason why Phillies were so good a few yrs ago; NYY fans I've recently spoken to love him; a winner; and playing hurt
Napoli - If Texas would have won in 2011... Critics are now silent.
Carp - fits perfectly with RS approach to hitting, ala Nava; key AB in Friday's game
Peavy - and gave up plenty to get him, justifiably so
Gomes - Good eye, power, Been very clutch, and on my fantasy team; not good in the field, basepaths, or generally vs Righties however
Ross - still good defensively, which this team needed for late innings
Uehara - Eckish; also on my fantasy team; is mind boggling effective at that velocity
Farm System is blooming, which wasn't the case a few yrs ago
Did I leave anyone out?
Ya really think so, Steven?
But in spite my smarmy retort about your general conclusion, your humble acknowlegement and added elaboration on reasons is appreciated.
However, a gloomy Red Sox spin doctor may highlight Hanrahan, maybe Dempster, a short sample of Matt Thornton, and a follow up on all traded and released players playing well elsewhere, and conclude that Ben should be voted the Worst GM. Just ask BoSox1941 about how he evaluates managers.
And also, a good dose of luck comes with the territory. I'm sure that Ben himself is blown away with his sophmore Midas touch.
Just ask Theo about ebb and flow. Except in the case of the Crawford blunder.
Pretty valid; but nobody's perfect. And when you haVe a possible record setting improvement in wins from the previous season, all is forgiven IMO.