M2 - good points. In all fairness, I'm willing to give Bowden 2 more years for the following reasons:
1. It'll be the first time he's had new stadium revenues to work with. I think he deserves that opportunity after spending 3-4 years in small payroll hell. Plus, he won't have the Larkin contract on his hands in 2004. So far, we've seen very few moves to make us optimistic and one that is very difficult to assess (Lopez deal). I'll be disappointed if we don't make a couple moves between now and Opening Day. With the payroll currently under the $60m plan, I'm almost certain we will.
2. I think a small market GM should at least have the benefit of having his premier player (Griffey) healthy for a season or two.
3. Let's see if any of the young starters at AA develop into big league starters.
Now, if we don't see success on the field in the next 2 years and/or we don't see some development of starting pitchers, then I agree it's time to move on. Until then, I remain confident that we're not done seeing the Jimmy Bowden who had that nice run from 1997-2000.
Last edited by Team Tuck; 01-04-2003 at 03:39 PM.