Pelekoudas quits

DMZ · September 1, 2009 at 1:30 pm · Filed Under Mariners 

Baker’s story on same


9 Responses to “Pelekoudas quits”

  1. Adam B. on September 1st, 2009 1:42 pm

    Was he just sticking it out this long as a sign of good faith or was he hoping Zduriencik would tank and he’d catch the job on the rebound?

    It makes me wonder.

  2. BillyJive on September 1st, 2009 2:09 pm

    Well the M’s FO just got a little easier to spell….

  3. rsrobinson on September 1st, 2009 2:43 pm

    On one hand I’d like to thank Pelekoudas for thirty years of service to the Mariners. On the other hand, though, the club has had so little postseason success during those three decades that I don’t mind at all seeing remnants of the old regime replaced by new blood.

  4. Dave on September 1st, 2009 2:55 pm

    The Vegas line on him ending up as a special assistant in Philadelphia is 2:1.

  5. wabbles on September 1st, 2009 2:57 pm

    Well, to be fair, the guy who threw Dave’s old M’s hat in the trash at one of the blog’s events (Wasn’t it Pelekoudas that did that?) isn’t part of “the old regime” per se. He goes back practically to the beginning of the franchise. It’s the end of an era for sure.

  6. Grizz on September 1st, 2009 3:49 pm

    Was he just sticking it out this long as a sign of good faith or was he hoping Zduriencik would tank and he’d catch the job on the rebound?

    Pelekoudas was up for the M’s GM job at the start of last offseason when most front office openings get filled, so he had little time to find a new job once the M’s finally made their delayed GM decision. Given his history with the organization, the front office was apparently fine with letting him stick around for another year.

  7. Pete Livengood on September 1st, 2009 4:56 pm

    The Baker post(s) (one actually written by Stone) also makes clear that “his role seemed to be less defined than it had been in the past” (Baker) and that Pelekoudas was perhaps disatisfied with his current duties, which were “heavy on administrative duties and navigating the complicated rules that govern baseball’s transactions” (quoting Pelekoudas: “‘I think I’m capable of other things than just rules and administration and things like that,’ he said. ‘I’ve never been a scout, never had that title officially, but after watching 30 years of baseball, and I don’t know how many thousands of games, I feel I have a knack for recognizing ability. I have some talents in that area and could be a benefit in that area. I’m really open to various roles in an organization, and I’m willing to do things other than administration.'”).

    It sounds like a company man who wanted to stay in his dream job, didn’t get it but had good enough relations with the club that both were loyal to the other when the late decision to go with Zduriencik was made. He was given work that he seems to think was not entirely commensurate with his talents, and is going elsewhere now because he thinks this timing gives both he and the club the best chance to find a better fit.

    I wish him well.

  8. fiftyone on September 1st, 2009 5:40 pm

    Good to see Pelekoudas was kept around out of organizational loyalty. It’s nice to root for a team whose leaders treat their people well.
    Good to remember he wasn’t given the GM job permanently. Armstrong/Lincoln could’ve chosen him, and while it’s hard to see him doing as poorly as Bavasi, it’s hard to imagine he’d be anywhere near as competent as Zduriencik, since the two seem to have different skillsets.
    It’ll be good to see him land somewhere soon, especially if it’s a winning environment like Philly.

  9. msb on September 2nd, 2009 8:29 am

    Here is the Stone blog piece that Pete referenced

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