LBJACKAL Any gm who makes a move to please the media should be fired instantly. You are hired to do a job, run a team. You are going to allow pencil pushers to make decisions for you?
Well GMs who do things to please the media [b]should[/b] be fired immediately however we're now going into the world of what [b]should[/b] happen verses what actually does happen.
There are plenty of examples of GMs bringing in players where their value did not only come from their athletism but also from their marketability:
-Tsoyoshi Shinjo (brought along to the Giants from the Mets mostly likely for fan appeal to the large Asian pop. there)
-Yao Ming (you now see Chinese ads at Houston Rocket games along the side-rotating boards)
-LA Galaxy Soccer Team (brought one of the most recognizable Mexican league soccer players to appeal to the large Mexican population in the Los Angeles area)
Sometimes actions like the ones mentioned above results in negotiating the team's long term success for short term popularity and a quick attendance booster.
Teams are usually in the business of making money, that is primary, winning is icing on the cake.
Actually this occurs quite a lot in the real world, like in corporate America, the White House, etc...but we're here to discuss baseball, not politics
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