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Ranking the General Managers

Mar 4, 2010, 2:15 PM EDT

SI’s Tim Marchman — after acknowledging just how hard it is to objectively rate general managers due to differing payrolls, owners, and expectations — tries to rate the general managers.

Top 5: Andrew Friedman, Theo, Cashman, Larry Beinfest  and Jack Zduriencik.

Bottom 5 (worst first): Dayton Moore, Ed Wade, Brian Sabean, Ned Colletti and Omar Minaya.

I like Friedman and Theo, but I think Cashman should probably lead the list. Yes, the Yankees have tons of money, but ever since the owners have gotten off his back, Cashman has made great moves, not just great-for-a-rich-guy moves. I think Jack Z may be a little high. Great offseason, sure, but until the guys he went out and got actually play a few games it may be worth being a bit conservative.

The bottom end is pretty much right.  Dayton Moore has stunk on ice and Ed Wade’s job security is one of the greater mysteries of the universe. I slam Omar a lot, but I still get this feeling that when he’s finally fired we’ll learn that Jeff Wilpon has authored some of the team’s worst moves.

Sabean is my least favorite GM in baseball, less for his actual moves than the fact that he is a spineless man and a loathesome boss. For this reason alone Sabean would be on the bottom of my list even if he traded Aaron Rowand for Stephen Strasburg straight up.

  1. Scotty - Mar 6, 2010 at 12:26 PM

    MikeS Wrote….
    Over the last three years the teams with the most regular season wins in MLB are the Angels with 291, Yankees with 286, Red Sox 286, Phillies 274, Cubs 265, Dodgers 261, Rockies 256, Cardinals 255, Twins 254, Brewers 253, Rays 247, and the Mets 247
    Good stats MikeS. Clearly goes to show you the most consistant MLB teams. This allows the numbers to speak for themselves when ranking Managerial Positions. Mike Scoscia, the Angels manager has shown that great teamwork, rather than bucket loads of cash, can still win and will continue to win, as long as any “Prima-Donna” players play with their hearts and not their desire for publicity and fame. With the experience that Scoscia has, as both a player and a manager, the Angels are going to be one of the teams ranked amongst the World Series contenders for years to come. Now, if only they can win in the play-offs :(

  2. MichaelD - Mar 6, 2010 at 12:29 PM

    Omar Minaya’s moves just haven’t worked out. The injuries the Mets had to endure last season exposed their weak minor league system. They need to bring back Joe McElvanne to run their minor leagues. When he ran the Mets farm system in the 80’s look what happened!

  3. Gayle - Mar 6, 2010 at 1:07 PM

    Hey, what about Ron Gardenhire of the Twins? Look at what he has done in his tenure with a small market team.

  4. Nico Toscani - Mar 6, 2010 at 1:50 PM

    Amen brother, amen! Hendry should have been at the top of the worst list.

  5. Why - Mar 6, 2010 at 3:43 PM

    Not that I care, but does anyone know why this guy hates Sabean so much. Those were torching remarks to say about anybody except maybe our three moron leaders.

  6. TERRY GINDLESPERGER - Mar 6, 2010 at 3:48 PM

    you cannot rank them without talking about the money available to each one of them. its stupid otherwise……….

  7. Why - Mar 6, 2010 at 3:50 PM

    Not that I care, but does anyone know why this guy hates Sabean so much. Those were torching remarks to say about anybody except maybe our three moron leaders.

  8. Jim - Mar 6, 2010 at 4:02 PM

    Ruben Amaro should be in the top 3. The Phillies will be back in the WS again this year and he is making all of the right moves.

  9. MC - Mar 6, 2010 at 4:30 PM

    Is it Omar Maniya’s fault when every great player that comes to the Mets get hurt, badly coached and then suck until they go to another team?

  10. joe d - Mar 6, 2010 at 5:47 PM

    the question should be who is the best in the last decade not the last year. any team can have one good year or lucky one

  11. Marlins Fan - Mar 6, 2010 at 6:04 PM

    You forgot that Beinfest has also been working for the biggest tightwad owner in baseball thereby eliminating his ability to go after free agents. Beinfest is brilliant at finding other team’s castoffs that still have gas in their tank. Most amazingly, he always manages to come up with closers out of a group of no-names every year.

  12. Gary Sikora - Mar 6, 2010 at 6:30 PM

    I know this is about baseball,but,all these guys are a genius compared to the LIONS history of GM’s!Matt Millen is obviously the worst GM ever,but we also had Russ Thomas and he takes 2nd to no one as a pathetic GM! The sad fact is:Russ was never fired after all those miserable years,he actually retired!!!!

  13. DavidinBoca - Mar 6, 2010 at 6:38 PM

    I wonder where JP ReTARDie would fit into this list. But he is no longer a GM and now a talking head. He did like to talk, when his foot was not in his mouth.

  14. Bob K. - Mar 6, 2010 at 6:58 PM

    Let’s see. He could not foretell the future injuries of Schmidt or the gluttony of Jones. But he has taken his team to the playoffs every year, a place they had not been for a while before he arrived. He obtains bargains in talent without breaking the bank (he is, after all, the general manager of a BUSINESS). And he refused to mortgage the future to benefit the brevity of the present and, as a result, has the best young closer (Broxton) and the best young starter (Kershaw) in the game, together with two Silver bat outfielders (Kemp and Ethier), one of whom (Kemp) is also a gold glove. Yep, for that Colletti deserves to be ranked among the five worst GMs in the game. Good job, Calcaterra.

  15. Marianela Poucher - Mar 6, 2010 at 8:08 PM

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  16. Robert Alpert - Mar 6, 2010 at 8:36 PM

    Epstein, GM of the Red Sox.

  17. Mike B. - Mar 6, 2010 at 9:41 PM

    This is for Gayle, I too agree that Ron Gardenhire should be considered as one of the best as a manager. I am an Indians fan but know where credit is due. As for the GM it is easy to build a team when they have the cash to get the best. So to me the best is the guy in Florida. Anyone who has to work and build a team without the cash deserve recognition!!

  18. Fred - Mar 6, 2010 at 11:48 PM

    I have been a Giants 15-20 game per season fan for 16 years. I couldn’t agree more about Sabean. I have no idea how he has stayed so long. He talks good, but is so full of biases that he has no real judgement. He survived because Peter Magowan had weird loyalties to three people who have really hurt the Giants; Barry Bonds, Brian Sabean and the little-known chief financial officer, Larry Behr who knows less than zip about baseball and never had a real job before Peter fell for him. Neukom seems to have retained this strange affection for Sabean and Behr.

  19. Fred - Mar 6, 2010 at 11:49 PM

    I have been a Giants 15-20 game per season fan for 16 years. I couldn’t agree more about Sabean. I have no idea how he has stayed so long. He talks good, but is so full of biases that he has no real judgement. He survived because Peter Magowan had weird loyalties to three people who have really hurt the Giants; Barry Bonds, Brian Sabean and the little-know chief financial officer Larry Behr who knows less than zip about baseball and never had a real job before Peter fell for him. Neukom seems to have retained this strange affection for Sabean and Behr.

  20. Bill W - Mar 6, 2010 at 11:55 PM

    Apparantly Ralph from New York doesn’t know the difference between a 5 Dollar bill and a 20 dollar bill. 40 dollars for parking at a Marlins game?. Another graduate from the NYC Public school system. You New Yorkers are too cheap to buy any food at the stadium so how would you know about the price of food. Better check last years standings to determine what a winning season and percentage is all about. Oh, I forgot, NYC Graduate. Better check your figures on how much the Marlins threw in towards the Stadium deal. OH I Forgot. A one way ticket from Miami to New York is on it’s way to you. Marlins Rock!!!! P.S. World Series Record– Marlins 1 Yanks 0

  21. BTDT - Mar 7, 2010 at 5:08 AM

    Anyone who works for the Steinbrenners deserves recognition.
    Steinbrenner is like Marge Schott without the charm.

  22. Kenneth - Mar 17, 2010 at 7:06 PM

    Ned Colletti may not be in the top 5 but by far should he be in the bottom five. He has been a GM 3 of the four years the Dodgers have been to the post season, he pulled off a Manny Ramirez, Greg Maddux, and casey Blake trade in the same year. Sure he has had two Big mistakes in Jason Schmid and Andreu Jones but he has maintain a solid team that is fueled by its young stars. If this ranking is a reflection of the Dodgers off season lack of growth then the fault goes to Dodger ownership and the divorse they are currently going through that has affected the team.

  23. Jim De - Mar 18, 2010 at 8:13 PM

    Ed Wade does NOT deserve to be in the bottom five.
    The 2008 Phillies World Series Champions was basically his team and the players that he drafted and put together. You’re being unfair!

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