Gammons: Gillick may go to Arizona

DMZ · May 2, 2005 at 12:25 pm · Filed Under Mariners 

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If and when Diamondbacks GM Joe Garagiola, Jr. leaves the team to replace Sandy Alderson in the commissioner’s office to work with John McHale, there is speculation that Pat Gillick will replace Garagiola. Gillick has had a long-standing replationship with D-Backs general partner Jeff Moorad.

It’s intersting that the last two jobs Gillick’s been rumored to be up for (D.C., which he lobbied for, and this one, which I haven’t seen him quoted on) are both rebuilding efforts. This runs counter to Gillick’s reputation in his post-Jays career of doing pump-and-dumps, taking decent franchises and making them competitive but leaving them to collapse.


10 Responses to “Gammons: Gillick may go to Arizona”

  1. MacMariner on May 2nd, 2005 12:31 pm

    We can only hope he gets the job and trades for Bloomy and Speezyo. 🙂

  2. eponymous coward on May 2nd, 2005 12:33 pm

    I guess we’d find out pretty quickly if his old-schoolness is THAT outdated.

    Do the owners in AZ want to spend money to the extent that Gillick would likely want? He seems pretty intent on adding talent via the FA pool and wanting a large budget. With the amount of deferred compensation hanging over the D’Backs heads, I’d wonder if they culd keep him happy that way.

  3. tede on May 2nd, 2005 2:15 pm

    I give Gillick credit for linking up with San Antonio as AA affiliate.

    The M’s AA affiliates throughout their history had been flat out horrible (recall the ’97 pennant race exhibition game in Zebulon, NC). They were almost stuck with San Juan, PR as their affiliate before they got Zebulon. Mostly it’s geography, for their bad luck in AA affiliates. Suppposedly Gillick knew the guys in SA when the Dodgers dropped the ball and lost their affiliation.

    IIRC, Gillick (and probably others in the FO) also increased Latin signings over what Woody had. Perhaps that’s also getting two Venezualans in the Randy Johnson deal with Houston. Supposedly the Miami scout at the end of Woody days was canned for not wanting to leave his area to scout LA.

    But Gillick leaving his former teams high and dry is pretty true.

    And some of the bad first round or first picks should also fall at his feet.

  4. Jim Thomsen on May 2nd, 2005 2:50 pm

    Gillick: Geez, man. You’re 68 years old. Just settle for being a Toronto-based freelance consultant for various owners and get on with enjoying your grandchildren.

  5. tede on May 2nd, 2005 3:16 pm

    McKeon: Geez, man. You’re 73 years old. Just settle for being cigar smoking curmudgeon consultant for various owners and forget picking Dusty Baker’s pocket and winning a World Series against the Yankees.

    (Sorry Jim, couldn’t resist).

    For some owners (two in the AL East come quickly to mind), that’s all a GM is: a free lance consultant.

  6. Mike Thompson on May 2nd, 2005 3:25 pm

    Derek, the link is broke. It should be

    Can’t fault you for the typo (replationship) though…

  7. DMZ on May 2nd, 2005 4:17 pm

    Got it.

  8. Shoeless Jose on May 2nd, 2005 4:35 pm

    Dang, baseball has all this opaque lingo. Is that when you keep coming back to argue with the ump? Was Piniella the king of the unhealthy replationship?

  9. Gunga on May 2nd, 2005 5:41 pm

    Shoeless Jose – Apparently you are not familiar with this word which is unique to American English. A replationship is a “replacement relationship”. As in, “I left my wife for a replationship to be named later.”

  10. jc on May 3rd, 2005 11:15 am

    Keep riping gillick he is the only good gm in the history of the franschise