RynMan wrote:ramble2 wrote:As a rough first approximation, I'd define GM success as the following:
1. Putting his team in a position to make the playoffs.
2. Effectively evaluating and acquiring his team's needs.
3. Maintaing competitiveness year to year.
4. Giving fans a reason to have hope.
Obviously Moneyball isn't the only way to accomplish this. Neither is simply throwing a lot of money around. I give Beane a ton of credit for what he's done. How many teams in the majors have GMs who can say they've consistently accomplished all four of those criteria?
Some people want to add a 5th criterion:
5. Winning in the playoffs.
Fair enough, although I think a GM has a minimal role here. Any team that makes the playoffs has a shot at winning the whole thing. We've seen this ever since the wild card was added. For evaluating a GM, I'd say a better 5th criterion would be:
5a. Giving his team the tools to win a playoff series.
Has Beane done this? I'd argue yes, even though they haven't won a series -- yet. They've come awful close. Did they lose because they were missing parts that Beane should have provided? Obviously that's not a very easy question to answer ...
Exactly. Isn't it enough to have made the playoff's soo many times recently? Alot of teams haven't even done that.
So now we are supposed to bow down when you make the playoffs a few times in a row?? If we keep lowering our standards, what's next?? A parade if a team is over .500??
He has done a very good job with his resources but I can't see the love fest with someone that has never won a playoff series.