Around the Majors
Two hirings on the major league front today with very different overtones. A quick look:
1. The Arizona Diamondbacks hired Wally Backman to be their next manager. Think Larry Bowa; than take away logic, sanity, and strategical knowledge. Wally Backman is instantly the worst manager in MLB. Well done boys.
2. Gerry Hunsicker resigned as GM of the Houston Astros, announcing assistant GM Tim Purpura will immediately become his successor. We talked about Purpura a bit last year during the Mariners GM search, and he’s a pretty bright guy. Hunsicker never got the recognition he deserved for building quality teams in Houston, and I wouldn’t be surprised if he ended up taking a more high profile job in a few years.
Also, there’s some rumblings coming out of Atlanta that the Braves and Yankees are working on a deal that would send Kevin Brown, Kenny Lofton, and a truckload of cash to Atlanta for Andruw Jones. This would likely signal the end of any interest the Yankees have in Carlos Beltran.