Originally Posted by mth123
The test is to determine who had the idea and approval for Willy T. If Cast was pushing for that, he needs to stick to his produce. If that was Walt's doing, then Cast needs to get real involved.
One GM #1 brought in Patterson relative to his speed and CF abilities because there was one that wanted that. GM #2 got rid of Patterson and brought in a CF with speed, because there was one that wanted that.
Clearly to me a manager and his coaches wanted that type of player in both cases with two different general managers, and the same owner.
It is fine for the GM to support what his staff wants in players, but GM #1 and GM #2 did not do a good job in their research and obtaining of the two. Get a player with speed that can field his position well in CF and get on base, then it looks like a very good idea. (no, I am not bashing Baker) I don’t think the manager is wrong for wanting a fast CF who can get to the ball, or having a fast leadoff guy that can get on base and make things happen, but, the GM needs to find those that can get on base at a higher percentage of time. We all know that.
On the money side. If it effects the financials, if it effects the budget, then Castellini or his general will be involved in those decisions. You cannot divorce the two when it comes to business.
Castellini is responsible for his words, and is responsible for selling failure to the patrons, and should not be rewarded for failure.