Originally Posted by BCubb2003
If O'Brien or Krivsky had stayed, would the organization be where Jocketty has them?
O'Brien, I doubt. We drafted some nice players while he was here but the experience was otherwise totally forgettable.
Krivsky did better and raised the talent level in the organization. But he still seemed to do better as a bargain hunter than anything else. Of course, we really don't know what the club would look like today if he was still in charge of it.
Jocketty did a fine job for many years in St. Louis of assembling teams, and while I can pick at some of the individual moves and he doesn't deserve credit for everyone who's here, the Reds are starting to resemble a cohesive team instead of a random collection of ballplayers.
In short, I think Krivsky was probably a better choice than Jocketty for the task of raising the organizational talent level from the depths to a point where contention wasn't a pipe dream, and Jocketty is probably the better choice to take that talent and turn it into a winner. Different courses, different horses.