Wednesday, November 16th, 2005
10:56 am - Ned Colletti?!?  
It's unseasonably warm outside, and my side still hurts. Not as bad as last night, but I'm still limping around. Feh.

Speaking of feh, the Frank McCourt has finally chosen a GM, Ned Colletti, a choice totally from left field. Colletti has been assistant GM for the Jints for the last nine years. Huh?

It's a very odd choice. Of course, everyone else McCourt wanted turned him down. Pat Gillick, John Hart, and even Jim Bowden said no. It's reported that McCourt offered Pitiless Theo an ownership share, but Theo had no pity for Frank. That left it between Kim Ng and Colletti, two people who had exactly the same job with two different teams. The key difference between them is that Ng already knew the organization inside and out. Okay, that, and that she is a woman. Still, how much better than Ng could Colletti have been for McCourt to go with an outsider. Probably not much at all. Is McCourt really that afraid of how the old boy sportswriters club down at the LA Times would've reacted? Probably. After all, these same guys were the ones roasting DePo every day whether he deserved it or not.

The news has not gone down well at Dodger Thoughts. Jon has stated that Colletti needs to be given a chance to show what he can do. Few of the posters seem willing to go along with that. Many are signing on to the Oakland A's bandwagon. Some are furious that a Giant was even considered. More are aggravated not so much that he comes from the Giants, but rather that the Giants are viewed as the antithesis of a sabermetrically correct team. Their front office has gotten a lot of grief for trading young prospects for old, mid-talent players. Colletti wasn't pulling the trigger on these deals, but it's assumed he was a willing accomplice. McCourt has no doubt told him he needs to win immediately, and most of what he has to deal are blue chip prospects that are still a year or two away.

Many are also worried that Ng will now go elsewhere after being snubbed. My own opinion was that if we couldn't get Theo, all other things being equal, I'd rather promote from within. McCourt, however, has his head up his ass.

Next up is the manager's job. My first choice for this, Bobby Valentine, has already taken himself out of the running by signing an enormous contract (four times what the Dodgers were paying Jim Tracy) with the Lotte-Orions in Japan. Now I'm really praying it'll be Orel.
 
 
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Hecubothecubot on November 16th, 2005 - 06:35 pm
I wouldn't say the Giants are anti-sabremetric at all. They might be anti-Moneyball though, as Sabean has clearly exhibited a strong veteran bias. But they've been a good judge of talent there. Matheny was a much better pickup for the Giants than Kendall was for the A's. And Vizquel - even in the twilight of his career - is the best SS I've seen in a Giants uniform. Plus Moises was very productive. If Barry had played last year, the Giants would've taken the West easily.

Colletti is a pretty sharp cookie, and has been instrumental in putting together some decent bullpens for the Giants year after year. (Last year isn't a fair example, though, with Benitiz blowing out his leg.)

I can't believe you'd want Valentine running the team. Fatuous, self-regarding, completely unaccomplished. Feh. Go Orel!
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DXMachinadxmachina on November 16th, 2005 - 07:03 pm
My main problem with Colletti is that from my vantage point he seems to have exactly the same general experience and skill set as Ng, without the advantage of knowing the organization. What I'd really like is an owner with a frelling clue.

Valentine has been good with young players, and he got a mediocre Mets team to a World Series. He also just won the Japan Cup. I'd take him in a heartbeat, but he's not coming.

Orel would be fine.
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Veejaneveejane on November 16th, 2005 - 09:27 pm
But they've been a good judge of talent there.

There was a great analysis -- the Hardball Times, IIRC -- to the effect that Sabean intentionally throws away his high draft picks, so that he won't have to commit to the crapshoot of star prospects. I think it was Studes who was talking about this, and what he said at the time was, Well, at least he knows what he's bad at, and knows to stop doing it till he gets better.

So, they can judge talent, but not till it's 35 years old.
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Veejaneveejane on November 16th, 2005 - 09:25 pm
reported that McCourt offered Pitiless Theo an ownership share, but Theo had no pity for Frank.

Wouldn't it be funny if Theo ended up a latter-day Larry? Because that's sort of what Lucchino has going for him now; CEO, but also a small ownership stake.

Not surprised at all that Theo wasn't biting. He knows from bad corporate cultures, and from bad press ones.
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DXMachinadxmachina on November 16th, 2005 - 09:46 pm
From rumors I've read at DT, Theo's involved with one of the groups negotiating to buy the Nats. It's kind of an all or nothing position, because there's no guarantee the group will get the team. It does have the advantage of his knowing who he's dealing with going in. I have no idea if he gets a stake.
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