From "The Book on The Book". Bill Felber Pg. 192
and....from page 190"The real test of a great GM isn't the guy who can cash in on Kerry Wood, but the guy who knows whether to bet on Mark Clark"
Thought these were two very interesting quotes. I know I've taken these out of context for you, but they seem to say that a team usually must have veterans, but a GM absolutley must be able to identify which vets can contribute, and which have turned into pumpkins."While acquiring cheap talent is always a good idea, the record suggests it isn't enough to win a pennant. Between 1995 and 2003, two teams at the top of the list of acquiring good young players were the Cincinnati Reds and Pittsburgh Pirates, who have a combined one postseason appearance to show for it".
So how can Wayne K do a better job of (1) continue to pick up the "Kerry Woods" (ie Philips & Hamilton's of the world) and (2) avoid the Mark Clarks of the world (ie. Stantons and Cormiers of the world) ?
Don't want this to be a rag on Wayne thread, but rather, some discussion of what steps Wayne could take to improve in these areas.