Marc has a tiny bit of news (or non-news) about the GM race.
I’m very anxious to see who Castellini picks to be the General Manager. This is a unique moment in history for the Reds organization, and a great opportunity to make a huge step forward. The Reds have some talent; they aren’t that far away from contention.
Making the correct choice here may well be the difference between being competitive over the next decade and continuing to be also-rans.
Please, Mr. Castellini: don’t let us down.
UPDATE: Meanwhile, in the DDN, Paul Schaffer says that he hopes the Reds hire Paul DePodesta (which seems very unlikely at this point), or someone like him:
So Krivsky would be OK, but a better choice is out there: Paul DePodesta.
If you’ve read Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game, you know DePodesta, the former Dodgers GM. He was Oakland A’s GM Billy Beane’s top lieutenant, dragging the team’s scouts, who focus on often subjective notions like “tools,” into the 21st century with his laptop and his sabermetric baseball analysis that focuses on performance data.
With his approach, Beane consistently keeps his team in playoff contention with a small payroll.
In 2004, DePodesta tried to bring these ideas to the Dodgers, but he got ripped in the L.A. media, especially when he dared to trade catcher Paul Lo Duca, a fan favorite. He ended up fired at the end of 2005, when the injury-ravaged Dodgers finished with a 71-91 record after making the playoffs in 2004….
Logically, other teams should try to emulate Beane’s blueprint. Instead, the baseball establishment is so resistant to change that Beane is called “lucky” and his brethren are vilified as “statheads.”
Well, here’s one stathead who wants a DePodesta, or at least a Krivsky, for the Reds. I don’t want the produce man to hand us a lemon.
UPDATE 2: Peter Gammons is reporting that it’s a three horse race for GM between Twins assistant GM Wayne Krivsky, former Expos and Orioles GM Jim Beattie and Braves assistant Frank Wren.
Krivsky scares me for one reason: he was John Allen’s choice for GM at the time that Dan O’Brien was hired. O’Brien was a disaster, but Allen has proven that he knows next to nothing about the baseball side of the organization. If he likes Krivsky, that’s a mark against him.