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Which "Wire" character is Omar Minaya?

Mar 1, 2010, 4:10 PM EDT

You can get straight-up baseball analysis anywhere, but only a handful of websites ask the things I really want to know. Questions like, “if Omar Minaya were a character from ‘The Wire,’ who would he be?”

You know who I think it is, it’s Pryzbylewski.
Prezbo is clearly a guy, like Omar as a GM, who is thrown into a
certain situation. Prezbo was in the police department where everything
lines up for him to be there, but maybe it’s not the best situation for
him. Like Prezbo was better off at school, maybe Minaya should be on
the sidelines as a scout–head of scouting–because he gets a deer in the
headlights look as GM. He makes some silly signings, like Prezbo shoots
a cop accidentally. I think that’s it. That’s my on the spot answer.

Of course Prezbo went on to be a competent teacher, and I’m struggling to think what Omar would do in civilian life as it were.

But it’s an interesting question, not just for Minaya, but for other baseball figures as well.  Jay at Fack Youk — who tipped me to the above — thinks that Minaya is more of a Herc figure. I think that works better.  He also thinks that Brian Cashman is Stringer Bell.  There’s merit to that too.

I’ll add a couple: I imagine we can all agree that Scott Boras is Clay Davis: totally full of crap and shady as hell, but basically bulletproof as he rakes in the dough. Tony La Russa is Bunny Colvin: the cop who legalized drugs on his beat, realized great success as a result, but had a lot of heat come down later.

I’m sure you guys can think of some other examples. 

  1. SAN - Mar 1, 2010 at 4:20 PM

    Randall Simon is Preston “Bodie” Brodus because they both enjoy hitting other people with baseball bats!

  2. Nick O - Mar 1, 2010 at 4:36 PM

    Dayton Moore would have to be Commissioner Burrell, although it looks like he’s going to last more than five seasons before getting fired.

  3. Nick O - Mar 1, 2010 at 4:37 PM

    Dayton Moore would have to be Commissioner Burrell, although it looks like he’s going to last more than five seasons before getting fired.

  4. Nick O - Mar 1, 2010 at 4:45 PM

    Dayton Moore would have to be Commissioner Burrell, although it looks like he’s going to last more than five seasons before getting fired.

  5. Jay @ Fack Youk - Mar 1, 2010 at 4:48 PM

    Someone at my blog had Hank Steinbrenner as Ziggy Sobotka, which is both perfect and hilarious.
    I think Theo Epstein is Marlo – a calculating young dude at the top of the game after knocking off the Yanks/Barksdales – making Bill James the Sox’ version of Chris Partlow – an unsentimental and tactically brilliant operative.

  6. Charles Gates - Mar 1, 2010 at 4:59 PM

    Mariano Rivera is Brother Mouzone. They’re quiet, intimidating, and get the job done.
    Zack Grienke, pre free agency, is Namond Brice on the street.
    Zack Grienke, post free agency, is Namond Brice living with Bunny.

  7. Dan - Mar 1, 2010 at 5:00 PM

    Scott Boras = Maury Levy
    Albert Pujols = Marlo Stanfield (silent and effective)

  8. gumbercules - Mar 1, 2010 at 5:46 PM

    Milton Bradley as Avon Barksdale.

  9. Loztralia - Mar 1, 2010 at 5:51 PM

    Miguel Cabrera is Bunk: one of the best there is at what he does, possibly carrying a bit too much weight, could probably benefit from laying off the sauce.
    Raffy Palmeiro is Bodie: ended his career on the (hot) corner in Baltimore making a living off the drug economy. Unpleasant end.
    Peter Angelos is Maury Levy: evil Baltimore lawyer continuing to rake in cash despite distinctly dubious personnel decisions.

  10. Lee - Mar 1, 2010 at 6:01 PM

    Given that the names are the same, Omar (Minaya) could be Omar (Little). However, Omar Little was way too skillful at what he did, and Omar Minaya…not so much.
    Sexual orientation aside, how about Prince Fielder, since pitchers run when he walks towards them with his weapon? Which would make Ryan Braun analogous to Snoop, I guess.

  11. Lee - Mar 1, 2010 at 6:14 PM

    Not a baseball player, but Michael Vick would be Cheese, since they were both into dogfighting. “He was mah dog, yo!”
    Kenny Williams, G.M. of the White Sox, would be Proposition Joe, since he’s always looking to make a deal.
    Ozzie Guillen would be Bubbles, since he never stops talking.

  12. Alex K - Mar 1, 2010 at 6:21 PM

    Mark Prior is Bodie- So good to start, but it came to an end too soon.
    Albert Pujols is Omar- The best at what he does.

  13. Lee - Mar 1, 2010 at 6:23 PM

    Check that: I mis-remembered Omar as being teamed with Snoop when it was actually Chris Partlow. So the Braun-as-Snoop reference doesn’t hold up.

  14. notthesicko - Mar 1, 2010 at 7:35 PM

    A-Rod would be Omar, a cocksucker but is one of the best at what he does. Being a Royals fan(i hate admitting that), I enjoy the Dayton Moore bashing, but I’d have say he’s more Carcetti. A young, bright up and comer who gets the job and then everybody realizes he sucks as much as all the other dudes before him. I’d have to say Selig would be a good Mayor Royce.
    Oh yeah and comparing Milton Bradley to Avon is disgraceful to the show, as Avon was the man and Milton Bradley is just fucking insane.

  15. Jick - Mar 2, 2010 at 3:38 AM

    Herc should be the kind of guy who seems all right, if not the greatest employee, just up until the point that he gets his first big contract / promotion to sergeant, at which point he proves that he’s risen to the level where his incompetence does the most damage. Carl Pavano? Mike Hampton? Vernon Wells?
    I like the Dayton Moore as Carcetti comparison.
    I don’t know who it should be, but Lester Freamon ought to be the quiet guy who becomes the ultimate clutch player, at which point everyone suddenly realizes he’s always been a superstar.

  16. RobRob - Mar 2, 2010 at 8:44 AM

    Omar Minaya is clearly Deupty Commissioner for Operations Bill Rawls. Not exactly incompetent, but focused on the public-relations-driven stats more than actually putting together an effective squad. He obviously knows the political levers that allow him to progress through the organization, and must know some friends in pretty high places that help secure his future.

  17. Alex - Mar 2, 2010 at 10:14 AM

    “Herc should be the kind of guy who seems all right, if not the greatest employee, just up until the point that he gets his first big contract / promotion to sergeant, at which point he proves that he’s risen to the level where his incompetence does the most damage”
    JP Riccardi!

  18. rockotica - Mar 2, 2010 at 12:09 PM

    who is Slim Charles? That is all that matters b/c he is coolest person in Bodymore, Murderland.

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