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Tuesday, February 03, 2004

Waiting on McCourt

I'm waiting for sense to come of the McCourt fiasco. In the meantime, I consider Dan Evans' condition, and remember a few things.
  1. He has rebuilt the farm whip-smart fast. From the 2001 draft we have some of baseball's top prospects, including two outstanding pitchers: Edwin Jackson, whose image graces my desktop; and Greg Miller, who observers inside and outside the Dodger organization say is even better.
  2. He has operated under enormous financial constraints, with bad contracts surrounding his entire tenure.
  3. He has not succumbed to the terrible pressure to acquire a big bat for one of the team's top pitching prospects, Jackson, Miller, or Hanrahan.
  4. And, he has done it without the team tanking into sub-.500-land.
Numerous Evans-haters (Ehaters as their stubbornly ignorant numbers been dubbed on the Dodgers fan board) bring up Billy Beane, Supergenius, as a template, nay, as a longed-for replacement of Evans. Well: let's compare the two men's on-the-job performance:
Tenure
year
Evans Dodgers W-L Beane Oakland W-L
1
2001
86-76
1997
65-97
2
2002
92-70
1998
74-88
3
2003
85-77
1999
87-75
Granted, Beane didn't get the advantage of Fox's high octane wallet, but neither did Evans get the benefit of the A's high draft picks that team got in compensation for, well, sucking so badly in 1996. But right now, nobody on the farm can plausibly be traded for the likes of a Magglio. My great fear is that McCourt, who recognizes that his idiotic pursuit of the team has cost them its 2004, has put the gun to Evans' head, and that our farm system is about to get unloaded for a one-year rental.

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