So, now to my comment on this poll: as disappointed I am that Walt chose to sign Tavaras I think it's way too early to grade Walt.
I'll wait to see who shows up on the field at ST.
I guess I'm not really sure what ther big deal is.
It's a message board discussing baseball.
Someone started a poll with a valid question for fans to discuss and weigh in on.
Again, what is the big deelio?
Why would I want to kick your dog? I acknowledged in my original post, which you convenietly deleated, that you, or anyone, can start a poll. They just aren't usually very well thought out or presented. (famous shrug)
BTW, I love dogs and have actually worked for/with a Nobel Peace Prize winner. How about you?
I'm not trying to be argumentative and I hope I don't come across as blasting the OP. It's just my opinion that firing the GM at this stage is inconceivable and illogical. In other words, it ain't gonna happen. So why even bring it up?
Last edited by durl; 12-28-2008 at 11:37 PM.
What I want to know is why are we just grading Jocketty?
Why not some of this "love" being directed at Mr "Win Now" who I place a majority of the blame on?
It's like going after the dog because the cat's litter box stinks.
"panic" only comes from having real expectations
Jocketty has done nothing, Krivsky showed a talent to find hidden jewels in other teams systems. Sorry but the man has done what exactly? Show me how beyond riding the coat tails of his previous realm's gm's he has made this team better" FCB this is a direct call out since you have gushed how he was so special as the Card's gm.
The man is non progressive and has the equal mind of Dusty Baker and that sir is not good.
2006 Redzone mock Draftee's- 1(st) Daniel Bard(redsox), 1(st sup)( Jordan Walden (Angels), 2(nd) rd.- Zach Britton(Orioles), 3(rd) Blair Erickson(Cardinals), 3(rd) Tim Norton( Yankees),(cuz its a Tim Hortons thing
Pain heals. Chicks dig scars. Glory... lasts forever.
Jocketty built arguably the premier National League franchise of this decade. Since 2000, the Cardinals own more regular-seasons wins than any other NL team, won more playoff games, won more league titles, and, of course, won it all in 2006.
How did Jocketty do it? First of all, he was fearless. A master wheeler-dealer, nobody did a better job turning lemons into lemonade, often flipping questionable talent for marquee players.
Jocketty landed, via trade, Mark McGwire, Jim Edmonds, Edgar Renteria, Darryl Kile, Scott Rolen, Dennis Eckersley, Todd Stottlemyre, Fernando Vina, Larry Walker, Will Clark, Adam Wainwright, and Woody Williams.
Here are the most notable players he gave up to get them: Eric Ludwick, T.J. Mathews, Kent Bottenfield, Adam Kennedy, Braden Looper, Pablo Ozuna, Manny Aybar, Jose Jimenez, Placido Polanco, Bud Smith, Steve Montgomery, Jay Witasick, Juan Acevedo, Chris Narveson, Jose Leon one year of J.D. Drew, and the waning days of Ray Lankford’s career.
It’s an astonishing haul. Generally Jocketty would use the same formula: go after some established but under appreciated star, give up a few middling prospects for him, let him soak in the cozy St. Louis fan experience, win ballgames, re-sign the guy to an extension (often with a hometown discount), win more ballgames, then repeat the whole process as one big feedback loop. Jocketty was a master at that (and he was probably the best trading-deadline dealer there ever was – that’s how he got McGwire, Clark, Williams, Rolen, Walker, Chuck Finley, and Fernando Tatis).
Jocketty’s other big strength? Cobbling together a pitching staff on the cheap. It took him a while to get the hang of it – Cards’ hurlers in the ‘90s were usually awful. But Jocketty, along with rehab specialists Tony La Russa and pitching coach Dave Duncan, were able to buy low for arms like Chris Carpenter, Jeff Suppan, and Darryl Kile, and let them succeed in front of those reliable St. Louis infielders. At its best it worked beautifully. For example, in 2005 the Cards led the majors in ERA with a starting rotation that cost, altogether, $17 million – or less than what Roger Clemens alone made that year.
He was never that great at developing talent from within. Oh sure, he had his moments – he drafted and signed both Rick Ankiel and J..D. Drew when other teams wouldn’t touch ‘em for fear of being out-negotiated by Scott Boras. And of course, Jocketty was responsible for Albert Pujols, merely the best player in the league, if not all of baseball. But by and large the Cards’ cupboard ran rather bare during the Jocketty years. Baseball America has recently ranked them near the bottom of all major-league farm systems, and the Cards have been especially weak locating talent overseas. Perhaps that’s the flipside of Jocketty’s wheeling-and-dealing prowess – it gave him a sense that the team didn’t need to develop from within in order to succeed.
Jocketty’s other big weakness was that he tended to construct rather shallow rosters. Often the ballclub would be led by big shots like Pujols, Edmonds, and Rolen, while the margins were raggedy at best. Cards fans no doubt remember some of the team’s biggest playoff games left in the hands of shlubs like Craig Paquette, Garrett Stephenson, or Jason Marquis. To be fair, however, Jocketty improved in this area over the last couple years. The Cards’ bench and bullpen were among the best in the league this past year, and role players were crucial to winning the World Series in 2006.
The problem is.... Cincinnati is not St Louis East.
Last edited by GAC; 12-29-2008 at 07:44 AM.
"panic" only comes from having real expectations
How can you possibly grade a guy whose first product has yet to take the field? I'll answer the poll in Nov 2009...at most, I'd give him a mid-season evaluation. I've abstained.
"Okay you guys, pair up in threes!" --Yogi Berra
He just comes off as the kind of guy you hire to manage a car lot but not rely on him selling any cars himself but to put people in place who can and help them do their job. But I will admit I am not 100% sure of that, but it's a hunch I have and one he hasn't dispelled yet IMO.
"You can't let praise or criticism get to you. It's a weakness to get caught up in either one."