Who's the Boss?
(BDD Photo Illustration / Peter Stasiowski)
A Look Back at Papi, and Slappy
It's Fair to Share
Edes: Ortiz Hopes He's Still in Position for MVP
Mazz: No Doubt Who's MVPapi
The Best of Both Worlds
A-Rod pros and cons; Papi pros and cons
Wilbur: True Value
Oil Can Charged with Making Phone Threats
Cubs Saying Buh-Bye to Nomie?
Shaughnessy Taking His Big Bat to BC
NY Times: Pecota Says Buyer Beware on Damon
Edes: Ramirez Decision Tough One for Sox
Arizona Republic: Whatever You Want, Manny
"He's not that kind of guy. We have a certain kind of chemistry." -- 11.10, Kenny Williams, White Sox GM on Manny Ramirez being a fit for the White Sox
Take on Moore
"This from Dayton Moore, the only candidate for the Sox GM job known to be asked back for a second interview: 'You need three things in this game: You have to have passion, you have to have intelligence, and you have to have integrity. You canít be a success with two of those three.'
"Moore mentioned that in the halcyon days of the Braves, they had dirt-dog role players such as Jeff Blauser and Mark Lemke.
"'The Red Sox have (second baseman prospect) Dustin Pedroia, I donít know his makeup but he seems to be a grinder,' Moore said."
-- 11.13, Michael Silverman, Boston Herald
"Atlanta assistant general manager Dayton Moore's candidacy for the Red Sox' position could be picking up speed after a very impressive interview last week, according to sources familiar with the interview.
"Moore, 38, said he's declined opportunities to interview for GM jobs the past two years, but felt the Boston job was ''very special."
"He seems to have the right mix of what the Sox are seeking -- someone who has coached and managed the game as well as scouted. One thing that came up at the interview was the use of statistical data.
'''We use statistics to support our evaluations of a player or we use statistics as a reason to go out and look at a player,' Moore said. 'We certainly use stats; I'm not sure what the Red Sox use or whether they have any double-secret stuff. But we certainly want to build our teams on a lineup that gets on base and scores runs and hits for power. For us, chemistry in the front office and chemistry in our clubhouse is very important.'"
"Moore, a Wichita, Kan., native, has no ties to Boston. He has hesitated to leave Atlanta because of the superb farm system he helped build there.
'''We had a lot of kids come up this year and we have more coming,' he said. 'We're not done. My philosophy is you should have three or four kids a year competing with your 25-man roster every season. If you don't have that, I think you're going to run into trouble as an organization.'" -- 11.13, Nick Cafardo, Boston Globe
LA Daily News Sources: Epstein Offered Dodgers GM Job
"There were strong indications on Sunday night the Dodgers have offered their vacant general manager's position to former Boston GM Theo Epstein and that they had sweetened the deal by offering Epstein a small ownership stake similar to what Billy Beane has in Oakland." -- 11.14, Tom Jackson, LA Daily News
Black Cloud Over Boston
"There was a cloud of sadness banked over the Red Sox contingent attending the meetings, as there had been such a passionate, defined mission statement building a long-term organization with Theo Epstein that did not fit upper management's interest. So Epstein, Josh Byrnes and the remarkable Peter Woodfork (the assistant GM in Arizona) are gone, as Larry Lucchino seeks a GM and yet another restructuring of the organization after only three years.
"Fair or not, it speaks volumes about the industry-wide perception of the Boston structure that the two people they most wanted to interview -- Cleveland's Chris Antonetti and Toronto's Tony LaCava, both surefire general manager stars of the future -- declined the opportunity to even interview. Antonetti did, however, interview in Philadelphia. Most likely the rest of Boston's baseball operations staff will leave as soon as Epstein lands another job. The most uneasy remaining employee on the baseball side is manager Terry Francona."
-- 11.12, Peter Gammons, ESPN.com Insider (subscription required)