Originally Posted by Superdude
There's something to be said for sitting back and letting a good thing happen. I'm not giving him credit for inheriting a great core, but can you really argue that Jocketty hasn't played that hand extremely well? Whether he's actively improving the team or not, Jocketty seems to get the big picture better than any GM we've had in a long time.
I can roll with the argument that Jocketty has done a good job because he didn't screw up a good thing. He inherited a very good situation and he didn't mess it up.
Jocketty gets the credit because he was in charge when a long rebuilding project that was well underway when he took over finally came to fruition during his tenure.
To me it is overly simple to claim that Jocketty is a great GM because the Reds won 97 games in 2012. You have to look a lot deeper to determine the true reasons why the team has developed so well. Jocketty is only one cog in that machine, and some other cogs were more instrumental than he.