Originally Posted by jojo
There are plenty of guys without big names in baseball that could successfully skipper a team. I really think getting a guy like Baker would have more to do with branding than a commitment to winning.
Well, "commitment to winning" is a loose term. I do think Baker would come in demanding the team spend the money it takes to give him what he thinks he needs to win. That doesn't make him right. The Cubs gave him what he wanted and it turned to mush.
So it might wind up being more fluff (marketing) than substance (wins), but I'm reasonably sure Baker, Krivsky and Castellini would formulate a plan that they thought would bring about immediate success. It's possible to have the commitment and not the results.