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The most interesting thing I have read about Jocketty's strategy is from VivaElBirdos
Between 1997 and 2002 he traded for an entire infield full of all-stars (McGwire, Vina, Renteria, and Rolen), plus Jim Edmonds, Darryl Kile, and Woody Williams. The best players he gave up for that package were a couple of so-so closers (Braden Looper and Jose Jimenez), an ok 2bman (Adam Kennedy), and a good 2bman (Placido Polanco). But a few things changed after 2002. First, the Moneyball era began: Advanced metrics and production-per-dollar analysis became more prevalent throughout baseball, and Jocketty’s trade opportunities dried up --- there were fewer teams he could outsmart. Second, the St. Louis ownership maxed out the payroll. Most of the players on the list above were acquire-and-sign additions --- with the lone exception of Renteria, they were all acquired in the last year of their contracts (which is why they were available for so little talent) and then signed to multimillion-dollar extensions. By 2005...He could no longer get star players on the cheap and then sign them to extensions; he had to pay full price for them talentwise.
Anyway, even if he's terrible at drafting players, if he makes up for it by making smart trades, who cares. The facts are that Jocketty had a brilliant 14 year run as GM of the Cardinals. Whatever his plan was, it worked like a charm.
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The answer depends upon what time period you use in choosing the top professional team in American sports. Over the last century the pick has to be the Yankees.
Since 2000 I would pick the L.A. Lakers, with five NBA championships. With five Super Bowl appearances and three championships I would take New England in that time period.
As for baseball since 2000 at this point I would take the Cardinals, but if the Red Sox go on to win the World Series that would give Boston three world championships since 2004 plus at least a couple of more ALCS appearances since 2003, so Boston would deserve consideration.
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Last edited by MattyHo4Life; 10-11-2013 at 12:43 PM.
They certainly in the last five years have drafted excellently. As others have said this was not always the case. The Pujols decision is overrated as an management issue since they had an open offer of 7 years to him at the winter meetings. I assume if Pujols had taken the offer and said I can't leave they would have the same issues as the Angels have had with Albert.
I would say that they do draft really well similar to the Ravens, Packers and Steelers in NFL or OKC and Chicago in the NBA. However, Steelers do show that this can run in cycles if you are always drafting from the back of the draft.