Tavish wrote:The Allard Baird Legacy:
The team has tied or broken the franchise record for losses 4 times under Baird (working on #5)
Jermaine Dye for Neifi Perez
Johnny Damon for Angel Berroa
Carlos Beltran for Mike Wood
The Player Development
Players drafted by Baird over his 6 drafts who have made a significant impact on the team boils down to basically David DeJesus. This includes a couple of can't miss guys (Greinke and Colt Griffin) who miraculously missed. The last two drafts are still way to recent to judge too harshly but again he was unable to find a top notch pitching prospect.
Money to spend or not, you can't misfire this many times and hold onto a job that is as performance related as a MLB GM is. Baird has always been a class guy and seems to be extremely knowledgable about the game. Nothing but the best for him in the future, I hope he gets another chance for a team with a stronger committment to backing his ideas.
Looks like he can step in and take over for Cashman right now. All he needs to learn is how to find the crummiest relievers year to year and sign them to overpriced contracts and he has his resume filled for Yankee GM.
And as for swinging and missing often and holding onto a job...that is not true. In fact, in the land of George, you get an extension and pay raise for being inept and incompetent as the string of Embrees, Heredias, Hammonds, Witasiks, Micelis, Grooms, Pavanos, Wrights, Farnsworthless', RJs, RonDLs, Blomacks, Gabe Whites, etc attest to.