ORIGINAL: Jim Frenette
Besides .... As I've been whining about for years .... The manager here is allowed to set his roster, with very little GM input.
It damn-well better stay that way.
I disagree. I think Gardy is forced to keep players that have big salaries.
No....Gardy is the one who didn't care for Bartlett and let a solid shortstop be packaged in a trade for Delmon.
Gardy screamed bloody murder when Nathan went down and Rausch had a hiccup and demanded a closer. He didn't care for Ramos and let him be traded.
Gardy didn't like the way Hardy played back on grounders, didn't see him as a protypical shortstop who could keek a touchdown and run the bases like a madman and he was traded.
I could give you a list a mile long on how Gardy had way too much input in player personnel decisions.
Gardy doesn't care about the salaries....the higher salaries suggest the player is a veteran with veteran leadership and all those intangibles......
It wasn't a gun in the TR's hand to Gardy's head that Bartlett, Kubel and Guerrier made the team out of ST.
Gardy has had way too much input in player personnel, an area he absolutely sucks in terms of player evaluation.
Since Gardy has had such carte blanche in roster selection and player personnel decisions, it would seem to make sense if we finally have a manager with the wherewithal to make player evaluations such as Molitor, to have at least as much input as Gardy had.
My preference......player personnel decisions should be up to the FO, the GM. They get the manager the team and players....the manager should get them in the best position to play. That means, don't try to change a player into someone they are not.
I feel the same way. There are too many personnel moves that were done which can be traced directly to Gardy because of assessments he stated explicitly. You highlighted a bunch in the first paragraph and those were some of the moves that helped to erode the talent within this franchise..
For the short term, we will now have Terry Ryan basically being the personnel czar pretty much overseeing all player evaluation. Frightening.
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