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.
Dave Dombrowski has had success with three teams: the Expos, Marlins and Tigers. The Expos success was a bit delayed — he was gone by the time his moves bore competitive fruit — but he put together the Marlins’ first World Series winner and built the Tigers up from nothing to a perennial contender.
As of now he’s trying to keep an aging Tigers team with no farm system to speak of afloat. Does he have a couple more years of magic in him?