Valaika is struggling in AAA.
Heisey looks awesome.
Turner, big deal.
Roenicke is also going to be 27 in a month and just made it up. And the sample size couldn't get any smaller.
"This isnít stats vs scouts - this is stats and scouts working together, building an organization that blends the best of both worlds. This is the blueprint for how a baseball organization should be run. And, whether the baseball men of the 20th century like it or not, this is where baseball is going."---Dave Cameron, U.S.S. Mariner
I am fine with the Cordero deal. He stabalized the back of the pen, and he has lived up to the contract. 2007's bullpen meltdown was a nightmare that we all too easily forget.
I was personally hoping Jocketty would be smart enough to avoid providing an odds on favorite to win such a lame competition....
Rather than debating who's mistakes were worse, who can find something particularly positive to say about either? Because that's what really matters.
I simply don't see anything constructive that Jocketty has really done since taking the job.
On #1, I meant to say that he's had 3 GMs since he took over. And even as I was thinking that (and intending to type it), I did realize it was pretty unfair.
On #2, my only standard was better than Dusty Baker. I include both the gentlemen you mention in that category, as I would include many, many people who would take the job for less than $300K.
My only real point was that spending big on the fricking manager - of all things - is just a sign of an organization that has no idea what it was doing. It would be sort of like having your closer be your second highest paid player ... oh, wait.
On #3, I don't consider under .500 and in 5th place contending, but that's just me.
On #4, I just disagree, but I guess we've both psycoanalyzed both owners enough for one day.
Here is my list of positives for Krivsky:
Phillips (Brandon, not Andy)
A Gonzalez (yes, even with the injuries, the contract was a good one)
Made no trades that haunt.
Here is my list of positives for Jocketty:
better handling of Bailey
stability/long term plan
better draft plan; picking pitchers that fit the park best, safer picks at top when the money is big, more risk at the back of the draft when the value is greater.
not panicking and not trading for quick fixes during the season.
Krivsky brought in great talent at very little cost, Jocketty brought in a long term plan to build a strong organization. Without Krivsky's talent injection, Jocketty's plan would have taken much longer to get the Reds where they are right now.
Last edited by TheNext44; 07-13-2009 at 02:18 AM.
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