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Astros GM Candidates – Dream Candidate

This is pure fantasy. He recently signed a multi-year deal to stay as GM of the Oakland A’s, but I’m halfway through reading this interview with Billy Beane and appreciating the straightforward answers he’s giving to a blogger (!!) at Athletics Nation. Beane isn’t a miracle worker. His teams have never even won a pennant and this year they’ve been plagued with so many injuries that baseball people are questioning whether all of it can be attributed to luck, but

Since we’re not getting Billy Beane, we should try to identify the qualities that have made him such a good GM. The first thing that pops into my mind is a willingness to let players go after benefiting from their most efficient years (in terms of productivity/cost). Giambi, Mulder, Zito, Tejada, Damon are all players who played with Oakland when they were young and then left either thru free agency or trade. The second thing is part of the first and that is his skill in talent evaluation. However he does it, whether by the so-called “Moneyball” approach, or via scouting, Beane has a high percentage of success in drafting and trading at getting pieces that make his club competitive.

With regard to my earlier point about the media evaluation of the candidates, couldn’t one of our intrepid reporters with the local daily sit down with a candidate and ask him some similar questions, as if he had been the GM of the Astros in the past year, or hypothetically how he might handle those situations. I’d be interested in reading that.


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