Saturday, January 24, 2009

Ranking The GM's

QuestionAlex Remington asks the question 'Who do you think are the best GMs in the game?' His answer:
"First tier:
Theo Epstein
Andrew Friedman
Billy Beane

I think everyone here will probably have Theo Epstein and Andrew Friedman near the top of their lists, right along with (and maybe even higher than the ringless) Billy Beane. Epstein and Friedman have won 3 of the last 5 AL pennants between them, and maintain two of the most stacked major league teams, along with two of the most stacked minor league teams. That's a pretty good recipe for long-term success."



  1. I have to disagree with Theo. Sure, he's had great success with Boston but it's not that difficult to win when you have the 2nd highest payroll in baseball and can outbid anyone else except the Yankees every year. If he's on the list, then Brian Cashman has to be above him. He's got 5 pennants and 3 World Series rings and those were before the organization's philosophy became "buy everyone you can."

  2. That's the issue to me, how do you factor in resources? If PIT (M. Huntington) gets to 82 wins, isn't that as impressive as NYY (B. Cashman) getting to 100? Do we combine something like farm system ranking from BA with MLB wins to decide? Aren't farm system rankings also dependent on financial resources (international signings, drafted guys who drop over bonus demands, etc.) Anyone have an idea of how to rank a GM?