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Saturday, February 14, 2004
"Stand" Pat Reverses
"Stand" Pat Gillick, the ugly nickname acquired during his tenure in Seattle, says he's interested in the Dodgers GM position. Giants' AGM Ned Colletti said of him, "His experience and his results in Toronto are tough to beat." Well, yeah, that was great and all, but that was what, eleven, twelve years ago? And his results in Seattle, far more recent, don't bode well for the Dodgers, who can be expected to have a similar -- if not even lower -- payroll. Two problems I have with Gillick:
- He left the Mariners out to dry. Gillick may have fielded winners years ago, but his resignation from the M's GM job grates. He ran out of steam, and quit; you know what they say about quitters never winning. That is to say, he does not display the same tenacity Dan Evans has in his current capacity, despite the storms.
- His ability to right the ship with nearly-right players is questionable. Fixing the Dodgers' offense isn't quite as simple as a single acquisition (e.g., Vlad), overhauling the offense means pitching trades, and he hasn't especially impressed me (or M's fans, apparently) in his ability to overhaul a team.