Originally Posted by Scrap Irony
What you seem to be missing, over and over again, is that Jocketty's drafting directly contributed to two World Series teams in those years (and later, after he was canned) you say he was a poor drafter. Not only did they win the whole thing twice, they were also in the playoffs how many times during that era?
In an argument like this, I think it's entirely appropriate to point and say, "Scoreboard."
Because what he did worked really, really well for the Cardinals.
Yes, scoreboard. The cardinals from '04 to '07 did this. 105 W, 100 W, 83 W, 78 W. Why did a team that won 100 games win only 78 two years later? Because the organization failed to bring in young talent with which to build a new. Guess how many starting position players on the '11 world series team had anything to do with Jocketty? 3.
The lack of a productive farm system is what got Jocketty fired man. Everyone knows it.
You are once again assessing everything he has done in the last 20 years or so of being a GM. I am analyzing his inability to create a productive farm system from 2000-2007.
Furhermore, I have never disputed with you that jocketty had good drafts the created a team that was fantastic. Read my posts!