TheYanks04 wrote:Cashman is Clueless...so what?
The Ted Lilly deal worked real well...all 3 sides lost out.
Arthur Rhodes did too...right up their with the Alan Embree/who needs a closer move out of the Jamesian clowns.
Blanton and Haren...TBD.
A lot of GMs make due with limited budgets. So what...does not make them geniuses or to be admired.
See the Marlins or the Padres for an organization that has managed to actually win something with limited means. Or the Cards on a mid-scale budget. I though the object was to win something...silly me.
Beane had a book written about his so-called philospophy which if you want to call it the "How to finish in 2nd to 4th place in your league" Philosphy is pretty successful. Did not realize there is some sort of prize awarded for being in the top 4 year after year but never winning a thing.
To begin with, the Cards haven't "won anything" since 1982 against, sadly, my Brewers. The Marlins won one of the 2 championships whilerunning on a big payroll. Bottom line, being in the top 4 year after year does matter. He's taken a bottom tier payroll and made the team consistently competitive. Once you're in the playoffs, anything can happen, so getting there puts you in a position to win it all. Look at the 2003 Marlins, a wild card team, the unquestionable underdog against the big bad Yankees. A different team has won the series each of the last five years, so no team is consistently dominating the postseason with any single philosophy, whether it be Beane's analysis of market inefficiences or the Yanks' buy the championship method.
Anyway, that being said, my top 5 GM's currently would go like this...
1. John Schuerholz
2. Billy Beane
3. Theo Epstein
4. Terry Ryan
5. Doug Melvin
...with a very honorable mention to JP Riccardi and Walt Jocketty.