News Conference

Dave · October 24, 2008 at 9:59 am · Filed Under Mariners 

The news conference to introduce Jack Zduriencik as the new GM will start at 10 am. You can watch on FSN or on MLB.com.

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53 Responses to “News Conference”

  1. msb on October 24th, 2008 10:08 am

    I wish the press side was miked better, I like to know who is asking the questions….

  2. Dave on October 24th, 2008 10:11 am

    “Talent wins.”

    Point 1 for Jack.

  3. JerBear on October 24th, 2008 10:12 am

    Yeah, I loved that.

    “I’d love to have guys with great character…good for the community…etc. But in the end, talent wins.”

    That’s a good sign.

  4. Dave on October 24th, 2008 10:18 am

    “Winning solves a lot of problems.”

    Go Jack Go.

  5. Mike Snow on October 24th, 2008 10:18 am

    “Cybermetrics.”

  6. DMZ on October 24th, 2008 10:20 am

    Yay, stats as additional information!

  7. JerBear on October 24th, 2008 10:20 am

    “Cybermetrics.”

    Maybe it’s his accent…:)

  8. DMZ on October 24th, 2008 10:25 am

    Nooooooooooo clutch hitting noooooooooooo

  9. Mike Snow on October 24th, 2008 10:25 am

    It didn’t sound like an accent. However, just because he hasn’t mastered the term, and mentally associates it with cyberspace instead of actually visiting cyberspace to see it appear in text – I won’t assume he can’t handle the concepts.

  10. DMZ on October 24th, 2008 10:29 am

    Does our new GM like asking himself questions and then answering it? Yes. Does this remind me of Donald Rumsfeld? Absolutely.

  11. Bretticus on October 24th, 2008 10:29 am

    I’m pretty sure he said Sabermetrics. I didn’t her “cyber”…

    I assume, based on everything else he’s said, clutch hitting is just something he thinks fans will think is important. He values range on defense, the ability to get on base, sabermetrics, and doesn’t believe in chemistry. I think there are much more positives than negatives in this press conference.

  12. DMZ on October 24th, 2008 10:31 am

    Oh, yeah, absolutely.

  13. JerBear on October 24th, 2008 10:31 am

    Yeah, it sounded more like just part of a nervous laundry list. Though any inference we make is pure speculation.

  14. DMZ on October 24th, 2008 10:37 am

    How am I supposed to have any confidence in the leadership of Howard Lincoln when he can’t figure out how to speak into a microphone six inches from his head?

  15. Mike Snow on October 24th, 2008 10:38 am

    Sure, there’s some nerves, and under pressure it’s easy for the tongue to trip over a term you’re not especially conversant with. Even that fact gives some insight, though.

  16. JerBear on October 24th, 2008 10:38 am

    And how they supposed to learn how to read when they can’t even fit inside the building!?!

  17. Bretticus on October 24th, 2008 10:38 am

    Hey, Lincoln says Zduriencik will be the man making the baseball decisions. Who knows how true it is, but it’s nice to hear.

  18. Dave on October 24th, 2008 10:39 am

    I love how the beat writers asked 34 questions about the manager, which is probably the least important part of the entire process, simply because that’s the guy they have to talk to everyday. Way to be self-serving, fellas.

  19. JerBear on October 24th, 2008 10:40 am

    I love how the beat writers asked 34 questions about the manager,

    Yeah, I got a kick out of that. Overall, I think it was a pretty positive experience though.

  20. msb on October 24th, 2008 10:42 am

    and he did say the goal was the World Series :)

    a quick and dirty paraphrasing of some points:

    what works?

    talent works.

    evaluation?

    we’ll use a lot of methods — on field, our baseball people, the statistical evaluation, and put it all together– I love to have good character guys, good for the club, and for the community, but in the end, talent wins.

    scouting?

    exposed to many aspects of this game, when you talk about trades, talk about evaluating the organization and other organizations, just haven’t been the one to pull the trigger

    autonomy?

    quite a lot, they have confidence in my decisions and I in them– I don’t think anyone today operates in a vacuum, no matter what team it is … I’ll have as much autonomy as anyone in baseball. [HowChuck] love this city, they love this organization, they want to win just as much as anyone in this city.

    rebuilding?

    my thought is this– if you haven’t made the playoffs, you are rebuilding. There have been health issues, some players have under-achieved, but we will ask the players to be ready to play.

    team chemistry?

    winning solves a lot. Chemistry is great to have, but winning solves a lot of problems.

    stats?

    we’ve used it all in Milwaukee and it is all effective. Checks and balances, look at statistics to verify what you see with your own eyes. Look at all angles to develop an opinion and make a concrete decision.

    what are you going to do?

    Still need to sit with the baseball people, and we don’t have a manager yet, I don’t have the information yet. [this point was repeated a number of times]

    manager?

    look for a manager who has a short term and a long term picture, baseball experience, a leader with confidence, and with our confidence

    would an AL manager have an advantage over an NL manager?

    not necessarily, he might hire a bench coach who knows the league … we want a manager who can lead this team for years to come, who the city can be proud of.

    Characteristics you admire, people you admire?

    Leyland, Davey Johnson, both very competitive, Ned [Yost] is another one– he has to get along with people at all levels.

    Is the manager the leader of the clubhouse?

    He has to set the tone, and then get leadership from the players, a general has his lieutenants

    Minors?

    organization is in pretty good shape, you’ll have the 2nd pick, still decisions to be made on last years pick, and a high pick in the 2nd round, and I know a lot of players, even if I haven’t seen them since they’ve been in the organization. Sit down with Pedro Grifol and find out what the teaching process has been– we want the physical process and the learning process, prepare them in every way shape and form to be ready when they get to the major leagues.

    moving players up?

    every player has their own time frame, some players depending on make-up, skill-set take a little longer. You like to challenge players, but need to evaluate each player, work up an individual plan, give them an opportunity to succeed, and then challenge them.

    the most important part of this game is evaluation, evaluation of players, and of the information you are given.

    FWIW, Chuck says they started with 71 names, and Jack was on the list early on, and stayed on the list as other names dropped off. and when asked, said that Gillick checked in frequently and providing input on the candidates

  21. Dave on October 24th, 2008 10:47 am

    His pun about a “ray of hope” was horrible. I don’t think he’s going to be as funny as Bill was.

  22. msb on October 24th, 2008 10:52 am

    likely not.

    it is amazing how apparently he knows everyone in baseball, though.

  23. PositivePaul on October 24th, 2008 10:59 am

    His pun about a “ray of hope” was horrible. I don’t think he’s going to be as funny as Bill was.

    Maybe he needs an “Expletive Dave Samson!” shirt…

  24. msb on October 24th, 2008 11:05 am

    so Z has a week before the GM meetings, and a month before the Winter meetings … which I think gives him about 2 weeks more to get up to speed than Bavasi had.

    btw, about 2-3 weeks ago I emailed the program director and sports director at KIRO asking them for information about their off-season coverage, what with the upcoming GM & managerial hires as well as the meetings & other hot stove things (and how it would be good to have a reporter in place for those) and have heard zip back.

  25. Mike Snow on October 24th, 2008 11:17 am

    When does KIRO’s deal actually start? Say KOMO’s contract doesn’t end until December 31, that might affect things a little bit. Though you would think they would still be interested in doing coverage of some sort.

  26. joser on October 24th, 2008 11:24 am

    Thanks for the summary msb.

    So he sounded more reasonable/flexible wrt moving players through the farm system; that’s good (of course that also implies a longer rebuilding process).

    Knowing everyone in baseball can only be a positive, right?

  27. msb on October 24th, 2008 11:34 am

    When does KIRO’s deal actually start?

    all I’ve found are vague remarks like “the six-season Mariners contract expires at the end of this season.”

  28. TumwaterMike on October 24th, 2008 11:42 am

    I felt like he hinted that Ned Yost might have the inside track as Manager. How about hiring Yost as Manager and if Riggleman wants it, keep him on as bench coach. Riggelman has insight into the players that may be on the team next year.

  29. TumwaterMike on October 24th, 2008 11:44 am

    Forget Riggleman as bench coach. I just saw the press release that he’s going to the Nationals.

  30. msb on October 24th, 2008 11:50 am

    “Rick Eckstein, older brother of 2006 World Series MVP David Eckstein, will be the [Nationals] hitting coach”

  31. TheEmrys on October 24th, 2008 11:56 am

    We dodged a bullet with Eskstein Sr….

    I would hope that the Z has more to offer than another scrappy guy.

  32. msb on October 24th, 2008 12:04 pm

    We dodged a bullet with Eskstein Sr….

    shouldn’t that be Eckstein the Elder?
    or Eckstein Major?

  33. Jeff Nye on October 24th, 2008 12:08 pm

    MegaEckstein?

  34. msb on October 24th, 2008 12:16 pm

    oh, that presents a fabulous mental picture.

  35. msb on October 24th, 2008 12:23 pm

    Z is on with Dori Monson at the moment, which is the closest KIRO has come to covering the story. Dori seems to have missed that Riggleman has a new job.

  36. WardP on October 24th, 2008 12:37 pm

    Dori seems to have missed that Riggleman has a new job.

    Dori? Miss something? I’m shocked, shocked I tell you..

  37. sass on October 24th, 2008 12:40 pm

    I like his statement about the minors, and “finding out what the teaching process has been” (though that implies there has been one). Sounds like he’s seen our difficulties on getting our prospects ready for the majors.

  38. msb on October 24th, 2008 12:40 pm

    Dori? Miss something? I’m shocked, shocked I tell you..

    I hadn’t really ever listened to him before … my, but everything is Dori-centric.

  39. msb on October 24th, 2008 1:13 pm

    huh. did you know that Bill Bavasi “had an arrogant, condescending manner about him”? and that GM Jack looks like the kind of guy who “roll his sleeves up, and get to work and fix this thing”? Can you tell I’d switched back to KJR?

  40. gwangung on October 24th, 2008 1:13 pm

    I like his statement about the minors, and “finding out what the teaching process has been”

    Ah, that’s just common sense, no need to–

    Wait a minute. Forgot who we were talking about for a moment…

  41. gwangung on October 24th, 2008 1:14 pm

    huh. did you know that Bill Bavasi “had an arrogant, condescending manner about him”? and that GM Jack looks like the kind of guy who “roll his sleeves up, and get to work and fix this thing”? Can you tell I’d switched back to KJR?

    I dunno. Given the many comments about “firey managers” around here, I’m not sure where that could’ve come from….

  42. michaelfox99 on October 24th, 2008 1:59 pm

    I used to post here but I couldn’t bring myself to watch the Mariners much this year, I know it was gonna be very, very painful after they made that Bedard deal.

    Looks like things have been pretty crappy here. About commensurate with what is happening to the Hawks, although a lot better than sonictown.

    I know the defensive metrics are iffy but I am loving that THT has Adam Jones as the best defensive player in baseball. period.

    OUCH.

    I am also seeing that Bedard pitched like 80 total innings… OUCH again.

    You guys should NOT have expected the M’s to overhaul the organization into an analytical mold. If they had that in them then last offseason would not have happened. If you are down on nerds then you will stay that way because you need to heed the very thing you distrust, stats, to learn of its efficacy. This is all but impossible. Someone whose life is baseball and doesn’t know the difference between a correlation and masturbation isn’t going to all the sudden acknowledge he is a moron.

    Anyhow, keep plugging away guys, the M’s will eventually win a world series regardless of how crappy they run the team, how long will that take.. OUCH.

  43. qwerty on October 24th, 2008 2:23 pm

    Riggleman can pick the winners, can’t he?

  44. jayzlvr on October 24th, 2008 3:37 pm

    I like the hiring and am very interested to see how he and his new staff approach the amateur draft. Consensus opinion on JZ is that he is an astute judge of talent and has good organizational skills-both which we have suffered from a short supply of recently.

  45. mkd on October 24th, 2008 4:42 pm

    Very appreciative of “winning solves a lot of chemistry issues” and “in the end, talent wins.”

    It sounds like he is going to try and win by acquiring talented players. Nothing more, nothing less. I’m cool with that.

  46. G-Man on October 24th, 2008 8:21 pm

    I’m watching the replay. I’d call it mostly blah, blah, blah, but I don’t expect the guy to have much specific to say right now. I have a favorable first impression, but time will certainly tell.

  47. The Hamms Bear on October 24th, 2008 8:49 pm

    Riggleman can pick the winners, can’t he?

    Going to a crappy team is a great way to get another shot at head coach.

  48. Benne on October 24th, 2008 10:55 pm

    Well, I like what I’ve heard so far. My favorite part was when he talked about chemistry, and how winning creates good chemistry instead of vice-versa. About time we got on board with other rational organizations regarding this. Also sounds like he plans on improving the minor league/player development system, which can only be a good thing.

    Here’s to the M’s being a slightly less ass-backwards organization than they were last week. This strange feeling I have….is it perhaps….hope?

  49. sympathetic oriolesfan on October 24th, 2008 11:16 pm

    hello everyone, first time poster here.. I read this blog on a regular
    basis and am a big fan of your approach on how to run a baseball franchise.. And for the people on here who say you Dave and DMZ aren’t “true” mariner fans let me say this, you are all spoiled because the oriole’s blogs that I;m stuck are embarrassing… If you guys were only oriole’s fans, i wouldn’t have to see guys on camden chat talk about trading Matt Wieters and Nick Markakis at “peak value”..ugh

  50. ThundaPC on October 25th, 2008 12:12 am

    Came across some juicy Seattle PI stuff.

    Zduriencik could overhaul entire M’s organization (David Andriesen)

    Basically contains most stuff covered in the News Conference. The interesting bit is that Armstrong and Lincoln are going to let Zduriencik assess the situation of the current organization (below the two owners of course).

    On the positive side, you can see this as an opportunity that Zduriencik gets to make whatever sweeping changes he wants (including possibly punting Lee Pelekoudas). Here’s a new quotable from Armstrong:

    “I told Jack that there are no sacred cows here,” Armstrong said. “I want him to come in and evaluate it, and come to me with his thoughts and recommendations.”

    In that quote, though, you can also see the negative side of this. Just to further elaborate:

    Zduriencik asked Armstrong and Mariners chairman Howard Lincoln for their opinions on people in key positions, but Armstrong and Lincoln declined to give them. Zduriencik’s bosses want him to look at everyone and everything in the organization with fresh eyes and no preconceived notions.

    Couple things here. Zduriencik could look around and see that the organization on a whole is not going to work and a completely fresh batch of personel is needed. Armstrong could throw in that we need to keep guys like Lee Pelekoudas and Benny Looper because “they’ve been around for a long time.”

    Also, since Zduriencik went to Armstrong and Lincoln to see what who they thought should be kept in the organization we have to hope that these guys stay relatively hands-free of the baseball operations. Otherwise, their methods could be applied with little resistance from Jack.

    But I’ve been leaning more towards the positive side throughout this whole process. So far, I don’t see anything that suggest that things are going to go downhill.

    Also,

    Lincoln, Armstrong laud new M’s GM for his preparation (John Hickey)

    More interesting stuff:

    “He was very prepared and knows a great deal about guys in our minor league system,” Lincoln said. “It wasn’t superficial, either, but in-depth knowledge about the strengths and weaknesses of our organization. He was the most statistically oriented of the four” (the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Kim Ng, Arizona Diamondbacks’ Jerry Dipoto and Toronto Blue Jays’ Tony LaCava are the others).

    Whatever happened during the interview process, Armstrong and Lincoln are lead to believe that he was the most statistically oriented of the candidates (showing charts, graphs, and spreadsheets). What exactly was shown is left to the imagination.

    At this point, I’m all on board the Z-train. If Zduriencik believes he can field a competitive team by 2009 then this offseason will answer the critical question, “Can Jack build a Major League Baseball team?”

  51. jayzlvr on October 25th, 2008 7:00 am

    A couple of notes-First, JZ needs to hit Nordy’s after house shopping and mothball that double breaster he’s sporting around. Secondly, Chuck’s comments that it’s gratifying since they spent two months looking for the right “guy” tells me NG had very little if any chance at getting the gig here.

  52. msb on October 25th, 2008 8:53 am

    A couple of notes-First, JZ needs to hit Nordy’s after house shopping and mothball that double breaster he’s sporting around.

    judging from the various photos that have popped up, I think even with a trip to Nordys, the taste would remain the same …

  53. JMHawkins on October 25th, 2008 10:00 am

    When does KIRO’s deal actually start?

    Why would that matter? The contract is to broadcast the actual games, which doesn’t matter until Spring Training. Anyone can report news about the team.

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