Last time, we looked at some of the recent changes in National League front offices. In all honesty, that was a little bland. However, we now get to the interesting stuff – the Junior Circuit.
the recent General Managers' Meetings at Indian Wells, CA, only one of the
American League seats was still empty, that which had been occupied by
wunderkind Theo Epstein, previously of the Boston Red Sox. In addition, new
faces were in abundance, with recently-named GMs representing
General Manager and folk hero Theo
Epstein is now unemployed, at least temporarily. Epstein
was reportedly offered about $4.5 million for a three-year extension in
Rumors about chain of command issues between Epstein and Sox President and CEO Larry Lucchino were bandied about, and as a result, Lucchino was vilified by many in the Red Sox Nation when Theo walked.
was later informed by the Red Sox that he was out of the running.
Even more telling about the Beantown mess was that both Indians' assistant GM Chris Antonetti and Blue Jays director of player personnel Tony LaCava informed the Red Sox that they weren't interested in even interviewing for the position. Wow!
Bowden took a bold move to enhance his chances to get the job when he signed Marlon Anderson to a two-year, $1.85 million deal with the Nats last week. As if we couldn't forget the Vinny Castilla and Cristian Guzman signings already. Way to go for it, Jim!
When Stuart Sternberg took over as the Managing General Partner of the Devil Rays earlier in the month, general manager Chuck LaMar and most of the front office were fired. Then the weirdness began.
Matt Silverman was named team president and Andrew Friedman became Vice President of Baseball Operations. The latter is an especially interesting title, since neither Silverman nor Friedman have any experience running a baseball team. As a result, they hired a "baseball mind" in Gerry Hunsicker, knighted Senior VP of Baseball Operations.
Sternberg had decided not to have a general manager, calling the position "outdated", and while Friedman and Hunsicker will apparently share that role, Friedman is in charge, I guess.
Confused? Me, too. What's new in Tampa?
The Orioles dismissed Jim Beattie, their executive vice president of baseball operations. Beattie had been effectively serving as co-general manager with vice-president of baseball operations Mike Flanagan. After what appeared to be cursory talk about looking around for a successor, Flanagan was soon promoted to executive vice president, Beattie's old title.
The Orioles hired former Mets GM, and assistant Mets GM at the time, Jim Duquette as VP of Baseball Operations. Duquette was formerly the Mets general manager, but was demoted when Omar Minaya was brought in from the Expos. Duquette's job is a second-fiddle role to Flanagan, despite him having the same title as Flanagan had as co-GM.
Understand? Well, do you ever understand anything Peter Angelos does?
San Diego GM Kevin Towers was
given permission to become a candidate for the GM job in
Still, there were other moves in
Jon Daniels was promoted from assistant general manager to GM of the Texas Rangers on October 4. At age 28 years and 41 days, he became the youngest GM in major league history. Daniels is a 1999 graduate of Cornell with degrees in economics and management.
who was forced out as GM, remains as an advisor, despite having expressed
interest in several GM jobs, including
After hoping to be anything with
the Los Angeles Dodgers from general manager to field manager to Tommy Lasorda's
lackey, Orel Hershiser resigned as Rangers pitching coach and was named
executive director, still with
After the usual
Cashman was given assurances that he will have greater decision-making control in an organization that has regular turf wars between regional factions and seemingly more bosses around than Tony Soprano ever had to deal with. Undoubtedly, whatever Cashman was promised was probably ignored before the ink from his signature on that new contract was dry.
Such is life in the Big Apple, and
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