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Postby Madison » Fri Nov 07, 2003 2:03 pm

Bavasi hired as Seattle GM

By JIM COUR, AP Sports Writer
November 7, 2003
SEATTLE (AP) -- Bill Bavasi was hired Friday as general manager the Seattle Mariners.

Bavasi, who takes over from Pat Gillick, is the former general manager of the California and Anaheim Angels. His father, Buzzie Bavasi, was the longtime general manager of the Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers, and later became GM of the Angels and president of the San Diego Padres.

Bill Bavasi worked for the Padres' operations department and grounds crew from 1974-78, and was with the Angels from 1980-99, serving as GM during his final six seasons. He spent the past two years as the Dodgers' director of player development.

Seattle has won 93 games in each of the past two seasons but missed the playoffs both times, and Gillick quit Sept. 30. The Mariners made it to the AL championship series in 2000 and 2001, twice losing to the New York Yankees.

``While we considered many very qualified individuals, Bill was our top pick and we believe he is the best person to lead the club,'' Mariners chairman Howard Lincoln said.

Although the Mariners re-signed designated hitter Edgar Martinez this week, eight Seattle players became free agents, including center fielder Mike Cameron and reliever Shigetoshi Hasegawa.

Cameron won his second Gold Glove this season and Hasegawa, an All-Star for the first time, finished the year as the Mariners' closer.

After the 2002 season, the Mariners let manager Lou Piniella go to Tampa Bay and Lincoln hired Bob Melvin to replace him.


Updated on Friday, Nov 7, 2003 12:43 pm EST

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Postby Grenade Teeth » Fri Nov 07, 2003 2:28 pm

Big shoes to fill.
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Postby Lofunzo » Fri Nov 07, 2003 4:12 pm

So this is the next guy who won't make any deadline pickups?
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Postby Grenade Teeth » Fri Nov 07, 2003 4:15 pm

Lofunzo wrote:So this is the next guy who won't make any deadline pickups?


Not every team has a trade deadline slush fund.


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Postby Lofunzo » Fri Nov 07, 2003 4:26 pm

Grenade Teeth wrote:
Lofunzo wrote:So this is the next guy who won't make any deadline pickups?


Not every team has a trade deadline slush fund.


* Note * - I am not pointing any fingers


That has nothing to do with it. It has to do with the disappointment of Mariners' fans and players each year when they don't make any moves.
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Postby Grenade Teeth » Fri Nov 07, 2003 4:38 pm

Lofunzo wrote:
Grenade Teeth wrote:
Lofunzo wrote:So this is the next guy who won't make any deadline pickups?


Not every team has a trade deadline slush fund.


* Note * - I am not pointing any fingers


That has nothing to do with it. It has to do with the disappointment of Mariners' fans and players each year when they don't make any moves.


I understand the fans are disappointed, but it costs $ or prospects to make these moves. Sometimes you have to Stand Pat and take your PR beating for the good of the team.

Gillick did a pretty decent job in Seattle.
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Postby Transmogrifier » Fri Nov 07, 2003 4:43 pm

Grenade Teeth wrote:
Lofunzo wrote:
Grenade Teeth wrote:
Lofunzo wrote:So this is the next guy who won't make any deadline pickups?


Not every team has a trade deadline slush fund.


* Note * - I am not pointing any fingers


That has nothing to do with it. It has to do with the disappointment of Mariners' fans and players each year when they don't make any moves.


I understand the fans are disappointed, but it costs $ or prospects to make these moves. Sometimes you have to Stand Pat and take your PR beating for the good of the team.

Gillick did a pretty decent job in Seattle.


Agreed, but he could have DONE SOMETHING, even trading for Robin Ventura after the Yanks didn't want him. While not everyone can trade away their best pitching prospect (and a lefty to boot) for a minor upgrade at third, the M's could have made some creative deal. Look at what Beane has done with little available money.
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Postby Madison » Fri Nov 07, 2003 5:14 pm

Transmogrifier wrote:
Grenade Teeth wrote:
Lofunzo wrote:
Grenade Teeth wrote:
Lofunzo wrote:So this is the next guy who won't make any deadline pickups?


Not every team has a trade deadline slush fund.


* Note * - I am not pointing any fingers


That has nothing to do with it. It has to do with the disappointment of Mariners' fans and players each year when they don't make any moves.


I understand the fans are disappointed, but it costs $ or prospects to make these moves. Sometimes you have to Stand Pat and take your PR beating for the good of the team.

Gillick did a pretty decent job in Seattle.


Agreed, but he could have DONE SOMETHING, even trading for Robin Ventura after the Yanks didn't want him. While not everyone can trade away their best pitching prospect (and a lefty to boot) for a minor upgrade at third, the M's could have made some creative deal. Look at what Beane has done with little available money.


Ok, 2 things.

Yes Gillick did a good job. I do believe that he should have made a move to give the Mariners a push last year though.

Second, what moves did Beane make? :-?
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Postby Transmogrifier » Fri Nov 07, 2003 6:29 pm

Madison wrote:
Transmogrifier wrote:
Grenade Teeth wrote:
Lofunzo wrote:
Grenade Teeth wrote:
Lofunzo wrote:So this is the next guy who won't make any deadline pickups?


Not every team has a trade deadline slush fund.


* Note * - I am not pointing any fingers


That has nothing to do with it. It has to do with the disappointment of Mariners' fans and players each year when they don't make any moves.


I understand the fans are disappointed, but it costs $ or prospects to make these moves. Sometimes you have to Stand Pat and take your PR beating for the good of the team.

Gillick did a pretty decent job in Seattle.


Agreed, but he could have DONE SOMETHING, even trading for Robin Ventura after the Yanks didn't want him. While not everyone can trade away their best pitching prospect (and a lefty to boot) for a minor upgrade at third, the M's could have made some creative deal. Look at what Beane has done with little available money.


Ok, 2 things.

Yes Gillick did a good job. I do believe that he should have made a move to give the Mariners a push last year though.

Second, what moves did Beane make? :-?


The Guillen move wasn't too bad.
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Postby DK » Fri Nov 07, 2003 6:32 pm

Transmogrifier wrote:
Madison wrote:
Transmogrifier wrote:
Grenade Teeth wrote:
Lofunzo wrote:
Grenade Teeth wrote:
Lofunzo wrote:So this is the next guy who won't make any deadline pickups?


Not every team has a trade deadline slush fund.


* Note * - I am not pointing any fingers


That has nothing to do with it. It has to do with the disappointment of Mariners' fans and players each year when they don't make any moves.


I understand the fans are disappointed, but it costs $ or prospects to make these moves. Sometimes you have to Stand Pat and take your PR beating for the good of the team.

Gillick did a pretty decent job in Seattle.


Agreed, but he could have DONE SOMETHING, even trading for Robin Ventura after the Yanks didn't want him. While not everyone can trade away their best pitching prospect (and a lefty to boot) for a minor upgrade at third, the M's could have made some creative deal. Look at what Beane has done with little available money.


Ok, 2 things.

Yes Gillick did a good job. I do believe that he should have made a move to give the Mariners a push last year though.

Second, what moves did Beane make? :-?


The Guillen move wasn't too bad.


Are we starting another mountain again? :D I agree, the Guillen move was pretty good.
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