When Jerry Dipoto was hired as Angels GM a few months ago, he was considered an excellent candidate because he was a former player, but also a progressive thinker who was up to speed with modern statistical analysis. In his brief tenure, his resume of transactions and decisions suggests that he may not be relying on knowledge from his playing days or highly detailed statistical studies, but rather crowdsourcing.
Just look at these moves he has made since taking over:
- Signing Albert Pujols to a ginormous contract
- Signing C.J. Wilson away from the Rangers
- Releasing Bobby Abreu
- Calling up Mike Trout
- Firing Mickey Hatcher
These are either well thought out orchestrations of a very smart baseball executive, or so it would seem.
Now, here are snippets of conversations we've all had with a friend:
- "You know what would be so awesome, I know they'll never do it, but the Angels should totally sign Albert Pujols."
- "Dude, I hate the Rangers. You know what would really burn them, signing C.J. Wilson. Plus, it would make our starting pitching unstoppable!"
- "God, Bobby Abreu is so freaking useless and he's acting like a prima donna too. We should just cut his ass."
- "This team is so horrible. Why don't they just call up Mike Trout? He's killing it in AAA. Call him up and he'll fix everything."
- "Auuughgughg! Why don't they just fire Mickey Hatcher already?!!?!! Rabble! Rabble!! Rabble!!! Rabble!!!!!"
Now, tell me how they are different?
Whether or not any of those five decisions prove to be smart remains to be seen. But what they have already proven is that they are WILDLY popular with Angels fans. That may or may not be a good thing. Call me skeptical, but there is a reason that professional sports teams aren't run according to the wants and wishes of the unwashed masses.
It almost doesn't even matter to me if these five decisions were smart at this point. What matters to me is how he came to these decisions. It is entirely plausible that he came to all of these conclusions on his own after careful consideration and research on what the best move for the team's future success should be. If that is the case, and it probably is, then great. But if it isn't and Dipoto is really just making moves to appease the angry mob, then maybe we shouldn't be so excited about his "genius" moves.
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OR is it that we finally have a GM & Owner who in tandem, want to win and aren't going to sit around and wait for things to just happen. I MUST be reading this all wrong because I can't imagine that this is a complaint. As a matter of fact seeing Wells dropped/released will not shock me because our "outfield of the future" NEEDS to have PBJ & Trout in it - PERIOD. Additionally, if Torii doesn't come back or sucks when he does, Trumbo would only need to do so much in the field considering all the gound the Wonder Kids can cover. I don't think Sosh is going anywhere, which means that Pujols will stay in the 3 and we will lose potenial runs and games over his veteran loyalty program. That being said, I think Arte & JeDi are going to do everything they can to win...and win now. IF they do all the moves they can and we still suck, there will be only one glaring reason. How the people in power in Anaheim handle that, remains to be seen.
As far as "Would I have made the same moves?" Given all the same opportunities...HECK YEAH! A few changes/differences MAY have been:
*Abreu would have been gone 3 seconds after his "trust these people" comment
*Hatcher may have been replaced over the offseason if a solid enough canditade was available.
*Does Pujols appear to be a bust currently, sure, but I still would have made the move...ok, MAYBE I would have gotten Fielder (less yrs/less$$$) but one of the two WOULD have been an Angel by Christmas
In short, The JeDi has yet to make a move I HAVEN'T liked. Is that a problem?? Nope...not one bit.
@azhalofan Yeah, this poor guy. Sometimes you just can't do anything right. I guess Abe was right, "You can't please all the people all the time."
Pujols was a notable risk given his age. Even as a superstar, it was questionable at the time whether his April 2011 was a one-off or an impending sign of collapse -- as was the HALVING of his unintentional walk rate dating back to the All-Star break that year.
I don't think you make much of a case for the moves involved being "crowdsourced", other than perhaps that they were things casual fans might suggest.
Oh come on Garrett! Most of these moves were no-brainers, wouldn't you agree?
- The offense was one of the worst in baseball last year, sign Albert Pujols, that'll fix it (in theory)
- The rotation doesn't have a LHP, the best one on the market is from So-Cal, and is leaving Texas. Win-win.
- Bobby Abreu didn't have a role, Mike Trout does. No reason to keep a pissed off vet on the bench to poison the clubhouse.
- Trout was hitting .400 in AAA. Peter Bourjos and Vernon Wells are hitting a combined .210. Team needed a leadoff hitter. It was not only a no-brainer, but it was completely the right move to make (now if only he could force Scioscia to play Bourjos over Wells).
- The offense was underperforming, it wasn't getting better, someone needed to be held accountable.
Let me ask you a question, if you were the GM, would you have made these moves? The only one I can for sure say I may not have was Pujols, but you didn't exactly see me complaining. We both know hatcher wasn't to blame for the offensive woes, but I think we can both agree that he clearly wasn't the answer to any questions.
@ScottyAllenLAAI @scareduck To me, the Hatcher firing reeked of wanting to appease the angry mob. Like I said yesterday, it is hard to defend Hatcher, but there is also little reason to believe his ouster will make any difference other than the fans shutting up for a little bit.
The other ones have seemed suspiciously fan-influenced. Abreu may not have been a happy camper, but he certainly could've been kept on board for depth. And the Trout call up cam JUST DAYS after management said they have no plans to call him up. But, lo and behold, the team had a few bad days, fans grumbled and Trout magically materialized in Anaheim!
Wilson and Pujols, yeah, probably not so much. I have always thought that was Moreno wanting to show he belonged with the big boy owners.
As of right now, I don't actually believe he is dumb enough to make moves based on fan sentiment, but there is evidence that the fans' collective opinion might be influencing him. It is at least worth keeping an eye on... especially if Vernon Wells gets released in the next week ;)
@monkeywithahalo You are correct about the Wells thing. They have no other alternative for a backup outfielder in the system. Just get him out of the starting lineup. Or at least keep advocating for it. Seems like every time you bring it up he has a "2-for" night. We'd win either way.