The October 20th, 2011 edition of daily news for the LA Angels including Kim Ng to interview for Angels general manager opening, Rich Hahn and Tory Hernandez also to get interviews, a post-mortem on the 2011 Angels season and much more...
The Monkey Says: Kim Ng would be the first female GM in major professional sports, which is kind of the reason that I think she might soon emerge as the front-runner. This is totally just a hunch, but I think being the guy to break the glass ceiling really appeals to Moreno. On the flip side, I don't know if Arte is going to want a new GM that will instantly be polarizing and highly scrutinized in the way Reagins was by the end of his run, though likely without as much vitriol from Tony.
The Monkey Says: I am all for Hahn getting an interview as he might be the hottest name when it comes to prospective GMs. The interview for Hernandez worries me though just because he is an internal candidate and it had seemed like the Angels were going out of their way to avoid that. Call me cynical, but his entry into the pool, coupled with the exclusion of Gary DiSarcina thus far, has me wondering if maybe Hernandez has been the guy all along and all of these other interviews are just part of a well-orchestrated charade, although I don't know if Moreno is clever and under-handed enough to pull of such a scheme. All of these interviews are set to go down in the next week apparently, so we should hopefully have an idea of who the Angels will hire by the end of the month.
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So far, it looks like the candidates have backgrounds in either administration (Ng, Hahn, Levine) or scouting / player development (Dipoto, Oppenheimer, Eppler). Given Arte and Stoneman's focus on wanting someone with the ability to evaluate talent, I see someone from the second group being hired unless Ng. Hahn, or Levine totally blows Arte away at the interview. I still think Dipoto is the most well-rounded candidate, possesses the attributes Arte is looking for, and is the most likely hire. That being said, I wouldn't mind at all if Ng gets the job. In fact, part of me really wants to see her get the job.
What I can see happening is Dipoto being hired as GM and Ng being hired as the AGM. Ng obviously joined MLB as a temporary resting spot in order to flee the stigma of being associated with the wreckage of the Dodgers. I'm sure her ultimate goal is to re-join a FO somewhere, ideally as GM, but if given enough power/pay, I'm thinking she would accept an AGM job. Maybe Arte could let her have more hands-on experience with scouts so that she could shore up the only remaining perceived weakness on her resume. And I think it is far more likely that Ng accept an AGM position than Dipoto. Being an AGM for the Angels would probably be the most attractive non-GM FO job for her, esp. if she still lives in LA.
As for Hernandez, I think Arte is very conscious of showing loyalty to his employees. I think this is just a way for him to re-assure the employees who are left that if you do good work, you will not only keep your job, you will be recognized. But as far as I know, Tory doesn't have much experience in administration or scouting, so it doesn't look like it's his time yet.
Yes, my number one guy is also still DiPoto. In his short term in AZ he showed an eye for the future (which we benefitted in the short term from with Dan Haren) yet kept the team in the running for the division title. Yes, there was luck involved but it's still a tough balancing act. Time in player development is a huge plus.
Ng, Hahn and Levine all have had the AGM acronym next to their names. I wonder what aspect of AGM'ing they were most involved with. If they had a big hand in player evaluation/development, then groovy. If they were mostly admin types, well, we just fired one of those. Not that there's anything necessarily wrong with being in admin but I'd want their interviews to look more like a waterboarding session than lunch with the boys.
I'd think sciosialite is onto something with his thoughts about Hernandez. Got to keep morale up with the troops. Myself, I'm kind of behind anyone named Rich, or any variation thereof.