Mark Armour and Dan Levitt have written a book: In Pursuit of Pennants, which examines how front offices have historically found innovative ways to build winning teams. In support of that, they are counting down the top-25 GMs of all time over at their blog. Since it’s slow season, I’m going to continue linking to the countdown as it’s great stuff we rarely read about in the normal course.
Pat Gillick ran the Blue Jays, Orioles, Mariners and Phillies and was successful everywhere. He built an expansion team up from nothing, ran and won with another team with free agents and a demanding, pain-in-the-ass owner, won with another team despite having to trade off a boatload of talent first and then got a promising but somewhat underachieving team over the hump and led them to a World Series title. He was then succeeded by Ruben Amaro who made us all realize that, yeah, Pat Gillick was pretty damn good.
Go read Mark and Dan’s take on why he is a Hall of Famer and the second best GM of all time here.
They have had a LOT of snow in New England:
Less than two months until Opening Day. If it doesn’t melt by then, they’re gonna have to attach an orange flag to Dustin Pedroia so he doesn’t get lost.
Early last season Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said that then-Brewers second baseman Rickie Weeks was asked if he’d consider learning how to play left field. The reason: a couple of years of bad performance and injury and Scooter Gennett‘s comparatively better production. Weeks, however, declined to take the outfield reps. In fact, in his career, he has played nothing but second base and DH.
Last night he signed with the Mariners. They happen to have a second baseman. Goes by the name of Cano. So, no, Weeks is not gonna see a lot of time in his preferred position. To that end, Jon Heyman reports today that the Mariners plan to use him in the outfield “a lot.”
One presumes that Weeks was aware of Mr. Cano’s presence before signing this deal, so one presumes that he’s on board with the move to the outfield now. It’ll be curious to see if his hamstring — which has given him issues in the past — holds up to that, but if he can pull it off, he could reinvent himself as useful super utility guy.