Well, I’m going to start the GM rumors today with a story that just sort of exemplifies just how crazy everything is getting as well as some information on some of the most talked about candidates, and how other teams’ GM searches are going…
- Paul Sullivan of the Tribune writes about a Lakeview man who is 99.9% sure he saw Theo Epstein at a Starbucks today wearing a Diablos baseball cap. The man, Noah Pinzur, was so sure that he approached the man and asked him point blank if he was Theo Epstein. “No. I get that a lot”, the man replied. “Who’s Theo Epstein?” Pinzur’s rationalization was this: “Once he had to ask who Theo Epstein was, I knew it was him” Just so everyone knows, my wife has no idea who Theo Epstein is…and she has to live with someone who writes about the Cubs everyday.
- MLB Radio reports that Epstein contacted Jim Hendry a week ago about what it’s like to work for Ricketts and the organization in general. Hendry reportedly had great things to say. (Hat tip to reader Michael on this one)
- Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe talks about a Ben Cherington-led Boston front office in his article today where Red Sox President Larry Lucchino would regain some control over what would be a first-time GM. Some, including SI’s Will Carroll, believe that Ben Cherington is comfortable in Boston and is content to wait for the GM position to become available.
- In searching around for stories on the major candidates, I came across an article I missed a few weeks back by Jonathan Mayo of MLB.com. In it, the Braves GM Frank Wren had great things to say about John Coppolella as a GM candidate. The part that’s intriguing to me is his knowledge of other organizations and how he’s utilized in that capacity. That would seem to give him a head start as far as knowing about our own organization heading into the important months of November and December.
Coppolella is the Braves’ director of baseball administration and has his hands in a number of areas for Atlanta in scouting and player development. He knows the Braves system inside and out, but also has a keen sense of what there is in every organization. As current Braves GM Frank Wren said, Coppolella’s understanding of the industry is impressive.
“The two key characteristics are that he’s very intelligent and he has a very good feel for the industry talent,” Wren said. “Evaluation, that’s a skill he’s acquiring. He really studies and stays on top of all of our reports from our scouts and has a good feel and understanding of the talent within each organization. That’s where we utilize him the most.
“He’s a really sharp, bright guy who’s really valuable to us.”
- Matt Palmer of the Orioles Report lists the Blue Jays’ Tony LaCava, Florida’s Dan Jennings, Philadelphia’s Scott Proefrock, Diamondbacks senior vice president Jerry Dipoto, Wayne Krivsky (a former Orioles exec), and Rays senior vice president Jerry Hunsicker as candidates for the Orioles. Like I wrote about yesterday, he sees Buck Showalter’s presence as a factor in the GM search.
- According to Mark Gonzalez of the Tribune, Cubs GM hopeful Rick Hahn is also a candidate for the Los Angeles Angels job, while Chuck Richter of angelswin.com also lists Hahn as a candidate along with Coppolella, LaCava, and the Yankees Damon Oppenheimer.
- Scott Miller of CBS Sports tweets that he has spoken with two MLB execs who know Theo well. One predicts he will stay in Boston and the other predicts he will come to Chicago. That sort of leaves us right back where we started, doesn’t it?
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