The 17th greatest GM of all time was unemployed for a decade

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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.

Dan Duquette had a ton of success in Montreal and Boston. Then he was out of the game for a decade. Then he was hired by the Orioles and everyone made fun of his selection. And, since then, he’s had a ton of success. It’s almost like someone doesn’t forget how to build a winner overnight. And that our reactions to most hires are pretty worthless.

Duquette’s next stop may very well be Toronto. Today, however, Mark and Dan look at his previous three stops and remind us that he made some pretty incredible deals over the years and developed an awful lot of talent.