Re: Is the Presence of Jim Beattie scaring off some potential GM candidates?
I hope the field of candidates realizes that this job will be a challenge. The fact that some potential candidates are declining suggests that the nature of the challenge is being noticed. From his various comments, Castellini wants a GM to focus on both long-term and short-term improvement. That dual focus is going to be very difficult without a surge in payroll or a complete change in organizational mindset (e.g., duplication of the A's model).
I once wrote on the other board that O'Brien's first press conference made it look like he saw the Reds' GM opportunity as a culmination of a career's hard work, like a capstone to what had come before. He gave an Oscar speech thanking the world and proceeded to invite old friends into his new company. I don't see the new GM doing the same thing. For one thing, Castellini will probably be standing right there at the press conference and will probably reiterate his goal of working hard now to improve the club.
As for Beattie's role and influence, I don't know what to think. If he wasn't willing to work long hours in Baltimore, that's not good. Nevertheless, I can't say I blame him too much. He was co-GM in a franchise run by a meddling owner. Who knows how much influence he really had. I guess some candidates may fear a Rasputin role for Beattie in the club, but I don't see it. I just don't think his current, limited role is a bad one or anything other candidates need to fear. If he were more entrenched, like Lucchino in Boston, I might feel differently. Don't get me wrong, he shouldn't get the job. I just don't see him as a big red flag for candidates. If anything, Castellini may look like a meddling owner. Candidates likely noticed that he said he is going to work out of GABP for the next few weeks. I'm sure they noticed how quickly he fired O'Brien, who had only been on the job for 2 years. For those who cited comfortable second-in-command roles for those who are declining interviews, I think there may be a lot to that.
[This is my first post on ORG after years of just reading others' comments. I love the quality of this board and am proud to be a part of it.]
Last edited by Henry Clay; 02-04-2006 at 05:24 PM.