Originally Posted by Scrap Irony
I see no reason to ding him for the "mistake" of winning a World Series. He's drafted very well, as evidenced by the WAR of his players now playing across mlb. I also believe you're being incredibly harsh in assessing Jocketty's tenure as the Cardinal GM.
No GM hits on every draft. All GMs make mistakes. Jocketty typically makes less mistakes than just about any other GM in baseball.
Good point. No one in baseball thinks that Jocketty made many "mistakes" as a Cardinals GM. In his 12 years as GM of the Cards he won 7 Division titles, 2 Pennants and 1 WS. He leveraged his farm system very well to acquire talent. Although he may not have drafted great, that is largely the fault of the guys making the picks (not Jocketty). And Jocketty had the good sense to hold on to guys like Pujols who he didnt draft, but also didnt trade early in his career before it was clear that he was a once-in-a-generation talent. And he did all of this with a reasonable payroll.