Tuesday, November 01, 2005
Gillick Passes On Dodgers
Update: from Christina Kahrl comes this fantastic Baseball Prospectus column on the tumult in Boston and Los Angeles:
...[In letting complaints from the likes of Plaschke and Simers] make [Frank McCourt] wonder about what was going on with his ballclub, and then subsequently taking too seriously the counsels of men like Tommy Lasorda, team owner Frank McCourt betrayed the quality that has been feared from the start as his stewardship's symbolic signature: weakness. But where before his shallow pockets were supposed to be the source of his problems, McCourt has added a more basic weakness of character. By gutlessly catering to the local media harpies, McCourt ignored the unhappy accidents that reduced the Dodgers to also-rans, and fudged his commitment to a sharp GM with the ability to build a winner. McCourt has instead chosen to kowtow to the memory of the Pastaman, but all he will get for his troubles is a mouthful of wet noodle. That, and the canny wisdom of the man who dumped Paul Konerko, and then tried to cover his tracks by making up a career-ending injury that, last I checked, never did end up keeping Konerko off of the diamond. And did I mention Pedro Martinez, a fact which has left Pedro bitter to this day?
And so should any sane candidate who isn't a FOT. Although I thought Gillick and Lasorda got along.