I hate to be generic here but this was my post on Walt initially. If I had to grade Bob right now I would go with a C -. He talks a good game but I have seen him replace a Mgr. (Mackanin) and GM (Krivsky) with guys who are arguably worse and he hasn't stopped the losing. I think his heart is in the right place so I give him the benefit of the doubt but is he duping me? I don't think he is duping me but I have to wonder. I also have to wonder if he will ever figure it all out.
Originally Posted by Mario-Rijo
I'd have to say C at best if I look at it from an unbiased perspective. If I do the opposite then there is no "C" there is only A or bust and in that regard he's a bust.
I'm not so sure I feel all that comfortable judging him though because there is no way to judge him completely fairly. He has someone to answer and so far the lip service from ownership has not matched up to the actions made by either of his GM's. So what's the problem? I hardly doubt 2 different GM's have purposely ignored his pleas for the losing to stop now. Or that they were both too incompetent to get the job done. What I am starting to see is an owner who is one clever salesman who has now hired a competent gm in terms of managing expectations. Walt gives us enough info to let us believe we are on the right track but tempers expectations with convenient and even somewhat logical excuses. So that when he carries out their actual plan he can blame it on something other than intent without completely losing his credibility.
Wayne's biggest mistake seems more apparent than ever, he didn't allow for us to believe in immediate contention because he didn't believe it. Walt doesn't believe it either but understands how important it is to create the illusion that they are trying. Krivskys style be it difficult to follow was in retrospect a lot less cruel and unusual at least.