Friday, December 15, 2006

Bavasi agrees (!!!)

"And you feel so alive/You could stand up and take this all night...."

Ahh, Ritchie Blackmore. Good times. Well, it appears that El Crapitan, Bill Bavasi, actually agreed today with our collective assessment of his capabilities as a major league general manager. I quote from today's Seattle Times piece:

Bavasi acknowledged that the exploding free-agent salaries this winter changed the Mariners' initial expectations that they could obtain two starting pitchers and two position players via free agency. He said the entire industry badly misjudged the market place.

"We're always wrong," he said. "But we've never been this wrong. That was frustrating. There were a lot of clubs flush with money, and they've used it."

Umm, Mr. Bavasi? Would you say that someone in charge of an important part of the operation of a multi-million dollar corporation should be expected to improve his expertise over time? Like, say, learning from his own mistakes? Planning better for the future based on past experiences?

"We're always wrong,"

I see. By the way, how is it that the ENTIRE INDUSTRY could misjudge the free agent marketplace? The entire industry IS the free agent marketplace! Wait for it...

Asked if he was concerned about negative fan reaction, general manager Bill Bavasi replied: "I'm the one dealing in the market. I know what the market is. I know what's available. The reaction is probably a whole lot different if I drag you with me for a month, and you see what it's like.

Lame! Lame! Lame! Lame! If your "privy to secret information that no one criticizing me knows about" point of view is to be an effective shield, then you MUST be held accountable for all those previous offseasons, trades, and other roster moves that UTTERLY FAILED TO PRODUCE RESULTS ON THE FIELD. After all, if we the stupid, benighted fans may not pose authentic critiques of current moves because "we just don't know the market," then all we have to judge you by is your past results. Let's recap...

2006: 78-84, last place.
2005: 69-93, last place.
2004: 63-99, last place.

The only conclusion I can draw is...well, let's hear it from the horse's mouth:

"We're always wrong,"

Truer words were never spoken.


At 12:00 AM, Blogger Pedro said...

Bavasi's apologists for the past 4 season's have blamed the free agent market inflation and have swept Bill's failed trade history under the rug by ignoring the facts.

They have blamed Pat Gillick in a conspiracy theory of grand delusions. And worst of all they have conjured a myth that Bavasi has improved the farm system despite the low farm grades by Baseball America.
Bob Fontaine can only watch as Billy flushes prospects down the toilet for old veterans every year.

Apologists blame low farm grades on graduating prospects into the majors, when they couldn't be further from the truth. Only Lopez, Betancourt, and Felix have graduated and they were signed thanks to Bob Engle.

Bavasi has traded away young talent in Cabrera, Choo, Snelling, Fruto, Nottingham, and released Cruceta, Livingston, removing talent from the pool by his own stupidity.

No smoking cigarette man exists, Bavasi is responsible for burning down the farm for veteran players. Bavasi is the worst GM in M's history, as no GM has ever recorded three consecutive last place finishes.

At 11:49 AM, Blogger Jason said...

I'm inclined to agree with you Pedro...not that that wasn't evident already. Welcome to Tatonka.

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