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Goodbye Bill
Posted by Jason Thornbury at 6/18/2008 2:35:00 PM
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Sunshine came to Seattle this week with the (long overdue) firing of Bill Bavasi. It was funny to hear Bavasi blame the team's demise on "white line fever." Yes, the team is on pace for 100-plus losses because Jose Vidro, so freaked by the bright lights, gets the shakes in the batter's box. Bavasi also admitted, some players "just don't know how to play." Bingo! Especially the ones you signed to lucrative long-term contracts.

In any event, there are plenty of candidates out there, but I'd like to see current Dodgers assistant GM Logan White get at least a long look. White is responsible for nearly everything that is right with the Dodgers. His draft acumen is becoming legendary. Joe Sheehan wrote a great article about the White/DePodesta/Colletti Dodgers in Baseball Prospectus earlier this year. It's a real good look at White's impact (and, just for the record, while Joe credits Colletti with the Ethier trade, it was White who sold Colletti on Ethier.) White comes from the scouting side of baseball, which probably doesn't endear him to those who want a sabermetrically-inclined hire. But White isn't your stereotypical "old-school" scout, he doesn't take a skeptical eye toward different ways of doing things, and he certainly knows how to evaluate talent. Whether his eye for amateur talent translates to finding gems already in the majors is a question, I guess. Just do me this favor, don't hire a re-tread type like Jim Duquette, Kevin Towers or Wayne Krivsky. Get someone who will pump some new blood into the organization.


Good stuff Thorn...was waiting for this from you. I wonder if Bavasi is a fan of old school rap. I suddenly feel the urge to queue up Grandmaster Flash...

One thing I disagree with you on. Logan White would make a terrible choice for the Mariners GM. I'll tell you what though, as a Dodger fan, I'll offer to facilitate a Ned Colletti for 10 maple bats deal. I'll even include your choice of his recent free agent signings - Andruw Jones, Juan Pierre, Hiroki Kuroda, Rafael Furcal, or Jason Schmidt. Seems fair.
Posted by vtadave at 6/18/2008 10:02:00 PM
Now I have to stay up and watch "Grosse Pointe Blank" again.
Posted by spianow at 6/18/2008 10:13:00 PM
Love that flick Scott...I have a "milestone" HS reunion coming up and it might be a good time to revisit that one.
Posted by vtadave at 6/19/2008 8:40:00 AM
And....goodbye Mac. Not exactly a shocker there. I hear Davey Johnson is available.
Posted by vtadave at 6/19/2008 11:26:00 AM

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