Music2004Man wrote:I live in Philly and I was actually hoping they would get Hunsicker. Don't get me wrong, I think Gillick is much better than I expected them to do (given their track record) but there was a better option out there.
1. First, Gillick is 68 and there is speculation that he is keeping the seat warm for Ruben Amaro Jr. (which I don't like). Hunsicker is slightly younger.
This is a legit concern. Gillick retired ten years ago but is just a workaholic. Gillick works best when he surrounds himself with and trains his own people. In Toronto he hired and trained Paul Beeston and Gord Ashe, who ended up being the next two Jays GMs, Beeston is now with MLB.
I would expect that he will want to clean out the front office, hire all of his own people and delegate a lot. Not really a bad thing but the question is whether the organization will give him that much control.
Music2004Man wrote:2. Gillick lives in Toronto and his wife has a successful art gallery so he's going to be commuting. Hunsicker was born in Collegeville, PA and is a local guy.
This wasn't a problem when he was with Baltimore and Seattle, it won't be a problem here.
Music2004Man wrote:4. Gillick had the nickname Stand Pat in Seattle because he didn't make any moves at the trade deadline. We already had a guy who didn't make moves at the deadline and his name was Ed Wade (thank God he's gone). Hunsicker picked up Randy Johnson and Carlos Beltran during seperate seasons to help his team at the deadline.
Not a concern. He doesn't make moves for the sake of making moves but when he can pull off a good deal he does it. This is from an discussion that we had a while ago about Gillick:
http://www.fantasybaseballcafe.com/foru ... ck#1209633
Sorry Pedantic - you are wrong. Gillick mastered the deadline deal. In Toronto in 1992 he brought in Jack Morris and Winfield and then Cone at the deadline to shore up the rotation and then win a big game against Oakland.
In 1993 he brought in Molitor and Dave Stewart and then Rickey Henderson at the deadline who went on to score 6 runs in 6 WS games.
I do know that the Ms were the best team in baseball when he was their GM. They were lousy when he got there and in the three years under him they won 116, 93 and 93 games. How were they a "disaster waiting to happen"? Because everyone knew that Boone, Edgar, Moyer and Piniero were going to fall apart?