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Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Just wundrin'...

Richard: Click here for a table of park-adjusted Padre batting stats.

With the resignation of Theo Epstein and the inexplicable (this one makes me grin ear-to-ear) firing of Paul DePodesta, two bright young baseball minds are on the market.

The stepping down of Epstein, however, makes me wonder about the future employment of the greatest baseball mind of our time, Bill James.

Will the Red Sox retain his services?

And if a set-up man is worth $3-million in today's market, what might the Epstein-James tandem be worth?

Personally, I'd just hire James as my GM. I suspect his ego wouldn't allow him to refuse the challenge.

Mr. Alderson, are you listening?


Blogger dprat said...

Okay, I've just wrenched my shoulder patting myself on the back for ABSOLUTELY NAILING the Padres offer to Hoffy in my comment 2-3 weeks ago. Have to take advantage of this opportunity as it is the first time I ever posted any prediction that came remotely close to fruition. As for the 3yr/25M counteroffer, more wishcasting... tho' I do now think that whoever gets Hoffy will have to offer a 3rd year, probably guaranteed, maybe with a buyout.

11:20 AM, November 01, 2005  
Blogger Lance Richardson said...

I think Hoffman stays @ 3 yrs and $21-million, and his brother becomes the new third base coach.

There are certainly better ways to spend that money than on Hoffman (or ANY closer), but I think you almost have to make an exception with a player of iconic status (locally, at least).

12:08 PM, November 01, 2005  
Blogger Dex said...

Bill James as GM would be tough to work. That guy doesn't strike me as being the guy you want on the phones when a deal needs to get done. The whole dry wit and sarcasm thing combined might bog down negotiations.

11:31 AM, November 03, 2005  
Blogger Lance Richardson said...

Yeah, Dex, good point. I was really drunk when I wrote that.
I'd probably hire him for something else, though, like maybe making fun of other teams' front offices in the media.

2:10 PM, November 03, 2005  

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