Basically, the guy is saying it was what was in place and not anything Walt Jocketty really did.Itís easier to evaluate proven major-league talent and trade for stars than it is to analyze and project 18-year-olds and build a sustainable system. When Joey Votto and Jay Bruce start making major-league salaries and Jocketty has to make some hard choices to stay competitive, weíll see how well his system works. For now, his team is a good example of how balancing evaluation and analysis ó and mixing vets with in-house talent ó is a winning formula. Itís kind of like what the Cardinals have been trying to do since he left (though John Mozeliak has been a lot like Jocketty). To paraphrase Jerry Seinfeld, "See, you know how to make a championship team, you just donít know how to hold the championship team, and thatís really the most important part, the holding. Anybody can just make them." The 2010 title is no doubt rewarding in and of itself (and certainly made all the sweeter by the opponent over which it was won), but the important part for Jocketty will be keeping the Reds consistently competitive for the next few years. That ó and not a one-year title built on the work of his predeccessor ó will prove that Jockettyís system works.
I suppose that I kind of see the point here. What was Jock's best move in building this team? I'm having a hard time thinking of a whole lot. I'd love to know how much of sticking with Bruce/Stubbs and committing to the youth not only this season but since mid-2008 was Jock's decision and how much was others in the organization, because in my mind that was a lot bigger than any move that could have been made.
The take home message or moral of the story is of course Jock's tenure is yet to be written here. It's how he keeps the wheels on the machine over the next five seasons that will define his whole grade, but Jocketty gets an A for sticking with the young guys and not mortgaging the future this season to acquire a Cliff Lee. That's knowing your personnel and knowing we had what it took to take the next step with what we had on our roster already.
Hope he finds a way to keep our nucleus all together.