Hickey’s list

DMZ · June 17, 2008 at 11:21 pm · Filed Under Mariners 

Who might replace Bavasi?

Hickey talks to a “former GM” who came up with eight people… I’m not sure why, exactly, the former GM would do that, and you can take your guesses at who this mystery author is. Anyway:

Towers (also mentioned by Stone, covered in our previous post)
Cashman (also mentioned by Stone, covered in our previous post)
Kim Ng (check, check)
Jerry DiPoto (mentioned in passing in my post as part of the Diamondbacks-Red Sox contingent)
Tony Bernazard, Mets VP of PD (neither us nor Stone had him)
Chris Antonetti (on Stone’s list, ummm…. we may have written something about him)
Mike Rizzo, Nationals AGM (neither of us had him)
David Forst, A’s AGM (check and check)

The continuing rumor-mongering that Towers might get out is going to get me to write a many-thousand word essay on the topic.

Comments

22 Responses to “Hickey’s list”

  1. edgar for mayor on June 17th, 2008 11:24 pm

    Chris Antonetti (on Stone’s list, ummm…. we may have written something about him)

    I don’t think you have, no.

    Towers is probably the best blend of what we want and what the front office wants.

    Atonetti and Forst still top my list.

  2. Benne on June 17th, 2008 11:26 pm

    I didn’t think that Towers was going to leave San Diego any time soon, but there’s been enough smoke lately that it’s making me think–perhaps the Padres have already tabbed DePo as his successor?

    At any rate, I’d be happy with Towers if we can’t get Anto or DePo.

  3. Mike Snow on June 17th, 2008 11:33 pm

    On Bernazard, considering that his personality conflict with Willie Randolph is supposed to have played a big part in undermining the latter’s position, is that something the Mariners want to be associated with?

  4. ConorGlassey on June 17th, 2008 11:52 pm

    Derek – If you had to guess, do you think if Towers came here that DePo would take his place? In other words, which would be more likely: DePo taking his place or DePo coming with him to Seattle? What about Grady Fuson and Sandy Alderson?

  5. Ninja Jordan on June 18th, 2008 12:26 am

    Was Towers the genius behind drafting Matt Bush #1 overall in ’04? *shudder* I hope it was just the scouting dept, and not Towers himself who made that call. FWIW, our next GM probably WILL be drafting #1 overall next year.

  6. DMZ on June 18th, 2008 12:35 am

    w/r/t Towers & DePodesta — I have no idea at all. The whole Towers angle is a total surprise to me. I’m shocked to see this much early speculation involve a current GM (much less two in him and Cashman).

    I’d flip a coin to get an answer at this point. If Towers is hired and he brings DePo, my head will explode.

  7. DMZ on June 18th, 2008 12:37 am

    w/r/t Bush — no, that was ownership’s call. The baseball people wanted Verlander, if I remember.

  8. edgar for mayor on June 18th, 2008 12:40 am

    our next GM probably WILL be drafting #1 overall next year.

    Good thing its not a hard pick. Strasburg is number 1 talent. My hope is if we do get Strasburg, our new GM knows to start him and not use him in the pen *cough Morrow cough*

  9. joser on June 18th, 2008 1:10 am

    Yeah, I’d love to read a Towers post, because I haven’t been following the Padres closely (despite them being our Hated Designated Rivals), and I know it’s hard to build a team when you’re consistently bad and/or unlucky with your draft picks, but based on their record I have to wonder why the M’s should be interested in anything coming out of there (and doubly so if the Padres want to let him go). You sure don’t want to have anything to do with their domestic scouting organization.

    Towers has run the Padres since the start of the 1995 season
    Padres since 1995: 1071-1089 (.496), four division titles, 1 NL pennant.
    Mariners since 1995: 1124-1033 (.521), three division titles + 1 wild card.

    Isn’t the point of this exercise to get better?

    What about Hoyer?

    w/r/t Bush — no, that was ownership’s call. The baseball people wanted Verlander, if I remember.
    And/or somebody didn’t want to deal with Boras (who represented several of the top picks, including Drew and Weaver)

  10. PaulMolitorCocktail on June 18th, 2008 1:18 am

    Good thing its not a hard pick. Strasburg is number 1 talent. My hope is if we do get Strasburg, our new GM knows to start him and not use him in the pen *cough Morrow cough*

    I suspect our new GM wouldn’t need to take the “must win right now” approach that Bavasi took to keep his job.

  11. edgar for mayor on June 18th, 2008 1:32 am

    Bush

    1 Win 0 Losses 1.23 ERA

    He looks pretty good. ;)

  12. Breadbaker on June 18th, 2008 1:46 am

    One reason Towers would be same-old, same-old: he’s the guy we trade with when we have nothing better to do. Witness Baek. Witness Ben Davis. So he’s more of the comfort zone this team needs to get out of.

  13. Steve Nelson on June 18th, 2008 5:32 am

    #12:

    One reason Towers would be same-old, same-old: he’s the guy we trade with when we have nothing better to do. Witness Baek. Witness Ben Davis. So he’s more of the comfort zone this team needs to get out of.

    Boy – that’s quite a leap. Following the same logic, the Mariners shouldn’t be interested in anyone from Cleveland, either, since the Mariners do deals with the Indians as well.

  14. bigred on June 18th, 2008 6:36 am

    Quick Question.

    What do you think the timeline is for hiring a replacement?

  15. msb on June 18th, 2008 8:06 am

    national papers weigh in with articles on Avila, Gillick,

    and of course, there are the requisite ‘it’s time for Pelekoudas’ stories from Portland and Tacoma

  16. irish on June 18th, 2008 8:27 am

    and of course, there are the requisite ‘it’s time for Pelekoudas’ stories from Portland and Tacoma

    That’s what scares me. For some reason, watching that press conference, I got the feeling that Lincoln and Armstrong are already planning to end up with Pelekoudas as their favorite candidate after all the “interviews” are done. They sure went out of their way to lay the groundwork for his possible hire.

  17. Jeff Nye on June 18th, 2008 8:56 am

    I don’t think any of us really know enough about Pelekoudas to determine that he’d be a bad choice, nor do we know enough about what the current thinking in the FO is to determine that they’re going to just rubber-stamp an organizational guy.

    Really. Relax, take a deep breath.

  18. joser on June 18th, 2008 10:05 am

    I would assume the dropdead date for hiring a GM is going to be driven by having him, and his hires (assistants, etc) in place in time for the winter meetings. That still gives them a good 3 months, though. Strictly from a PR standpoint, you probably want to just keep a slow drip of news going (“M’s interview Yet Another Candidate”) all summer and then have the big announcement in September. Unless you think it’s going to be controversial; then you do it in August when attention is at the minimum.

  19. G-Man on June 18th, 2008 10:20 am

    Tony Bernazard has a leg up on all of these guys. He played for the M’s.

  20. Evan on June 18th, 2008 10:28 am

    Hickey talks to a “former GM” who came up with eight people… I’m not sure why, exactly, the former GM would do that, and you can take your guesses at who this mystery author is

    Probably Gillick. He’s always been willing to talk, he has a relationship with the Seattle press, and he’s not on the list (everyone else lists him).

  21. DMZ on June 18th, 2008 10:39 am

    Gillick’s not a former GM, though, he’s a current GM. I don’t think Hickey would describe him that way — he’d say “senior baseball executive” or something.

  22. joser on June 18th, 2008 10:55 am

    “Pat, when I credit you, do you want me to call you a ‘senior baseball executive’?”
    “You always call me that. ‘Senior’ always make me sound like somebody in a white belt and shoes standing in line for the Early Bird Special at Denny’s.”
    “But I’ve seen you wear a white belt. And you love Denny’s.”
    “Yeah….but I don’t want people to think that. Besides, whenever you use that term everybody knows it’s me. How about you call me a ‘former GM’?”
    “But you’re a current GM–”
    “Sure, but I’m also a former GM. Heck, I’m a former Mariners GM. But the point is: everybody else thinks of me as current GM, so if you say ‘former’ nobody will think it’s me. Which means I can dish the real dirt.”
    “Ok… well in that case, about that whole Brett Myers thing–”
    “Ooops, somebody on the other line, gotta take this, see ya!”

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