Re: Hats off to BEN C. , the pride of RED SOX NATION...............
posted at 9/16/2013 3:17 PM EDT
In response to ZILLAGOD's comment:
We all said the same about Theo.....until the losing started.
A GM is only as good as the team on the field. How many people are nominating the Houston GM or the Mets GM for honors? By the same token, how many people are looking at St. Louis, a team that lost the best slugger on the planet and hasn't skipped a beat? Do any of us even know the name of the Cardinals GM?....I'd give this guy my vote, and his team's division is no cakewalk, with Pittsburgh and Cincinnati progressing nicely.
We tend to view our GMs with either rose colored glasses or too much disdain. The guy made some good moves, then some bad moves , then a few more good moves....but ultimately it is up to the players he acquires to stay healthy, play well and be loved by the fans. Too many things he has no control over, best to wait a few years and make assessmnet based on teh big picture not jump on the bandwagon and nominate he guy for and award based on 7/8ths of a season that has a ways to go yet.
If we lose the first playoff series, do they fire Ben or still give him the award?
"Advertising is the rattling of a stick inside a swill bucket."- George Orwell
Too many want to paint managers or GMs in black and white terms. I'm still leaning toward Dick O'Connell as the greatest GM in Sox history, but it's still sort of incomplete because he was abrubtly dismissed at a key time. (I still think the Sox would have won in the late 1970s had O'Connell stayed as GM instead of Haywood Sullivan.)
But Theo is close. Yes he made some bad moves, but he made a lot of good moves too. And he had some bad luck (injuries). Because of how it ended a lot of fans want to dump on him and overstate the bad news and underrate the good moves and give Duquette more credit for 2004 than he deserves.
Personally, I have a lot of problems with Duquette for a number of reasons. Having said that, I will acknowledge the good things he did. he did make some great moves and deserves some credit for 2004 because of Pedro, Manny, Damon, Lowe and Tek.
So as for Ben, right now he's done a great job. Sure some moves didn't work out -- or at least not yet -- but there's not a lot ot complain about. We'll see what happens going forward. The big thing is if he can keep the minor league strong. For all the bad feelings toward Theo because of the end, one thing that helps him is wealth of prospects that the Sox brought in during Theo's reign.
In the end, that'sone of my issues with Duquette. Yes, there were some prospects in the system when he left, but overall, the farm system wasn't very strong and that was something he said was going to be a big focus.