grats to him, I'd say he earned it.
"Another note: Gomes told me yesterday that Rolen and Cabrera congratulate teammates for 10-pitch ABs that end in outs, and for sacrificing themselves to get runners over. Gomes said he’s never been on a team that did that, not even the World Series Rays." -PD
Agreed. Hoping we hear news of another Red getting a big award soon....
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"I talked to an advance scout that told me if Joey Votto and Albert Pujols were on the same team he'd advise his team to do the unthinkable...pitch around Votto to get to Pujols." - Buster Olney, ESPN
Don't really agree with it but congrats to him. They talk about him signing Chapman and he only pitched in a few games. Rolen signing was last year. All his deadline/post deadline acquisitions failed big time.
I have nothing against Jocketty, but O'Brien and Krivsky probably deserve more recognition for putting this team together than Walt does.
Lest we forget Mike Lincoln, Willy Tavares, and Corey Patterson.
"I can't take this homerism anymore." - 10xWSChamps, August 11, 2010. A Cardinals fan having a problem with all the homerism on Redszone. Classic.
"Man do I miss the days where were didn't need a calculator and an encyclopedia of baseball metrics to enjoy a baseball game ... - MikeS21" - 8/2/12 game thread
Last year drafting Leake, trading for Rolen, and signing Rhodes was Walt's best work.
This year his highlights were getting Cabrera, Edmonds, resigning Gomes. That's all.
Congrats to Walt, he deserves it more than anyone, except whoever the man in SF is, that collected a bunch of cast-offs and mis-fits and went all the way to the top!
Well deserved. This is the 3rd time he's won the award, I wonder if any other team's GM can say the same?
He's been running the show extremely well since he got here. It was a tricky situation to take over because the best move was to make few moves, but that would not normally be a tendency of a new GM. He'd want his "own" people. But, Walt recognized that good people were already in place and has been letting it play itself out.
The entire organization is very strong right now. But, I'd like to see them promote the AAA Manager to the Big League Club as Manager. He's knows most of these players better than Baker does.
Traded Ken Griffey JR. for Nick Massett
Traded Ryan Freel for Ramon Hernandez (this was wildly unpopular at the time).
Traded for Rolen
Signed Arthur Rhodes
Signed Johnny Gomes
Signed Orlando Cabrera
Signed Aroldis Chapman
Signed Miquel Cairo
Drafted (and used) Mike Leake
Yes Votto, Phillips, Bruce, and Stubbs were already with the Reds, but as you can see he didn't just sit on his hands.
"I have noticed even people who claim everything is predestined, and that we can do nothing to change it, look before they cross the road." Stephen Hawking