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Jeff Moorad kinda sorta throws Jed Hoyer under the bus

Oct 8, 2010, 10:59 AM EST

Jeff Moorad was really polite about it, but don’t these comments about the Padres passing on Pat Burrell hang Padres’ GM Jed Hoyer out to dry?

“In retrospect, I wish I’d done more than relay Pat Burrell’s interest
in coming here.” Moorad said Thursday afternoon. “I’m not going to tell Jed what to do and I’m not going to push a
particular player on him. (But) in retrospect, I wish I had raised the
possibility to a different level.”

Hoyer was quoted in the article agreeing with his boss, saying that Moorad was right and, yeah, he wishes he would have pushed harder.

I guess the order in which the quotes were obtained matters here: if Hoyer first admitted that he blew it on Burrell, credited Moorad and then Moorad was quoted, fine. But if Moorad says it first, doesn’t that undercut Hoyer here?  Isn’t it better for an organization to speak with one voice in such matters? “We made a mistake, in hindsight, in not getting Burrell. These things happen.” Moorad and Hoyer know the dynamic that went into the decision. Whose interest does it serve for the public to know that the owner and the general manager disagreed?

There’s a fine line between owner meddling and owner input, I suppose. I suppose that line is even finer when the owner has Moorad’s baseball background as opposed to the top guy being some car salesman or trial lawyer or something.  I’m not sure I could restrain myself from trying to tell my GM to get this or that player if I owned a team. It’d be hard!

But I would like to think that I’d try to keep all of the sausage making in-house.  

  1. birdmancometh - Oct 8, 2010 at 11:10 AM

    Haven’t Padre fans been through enough Craig?!

  2. Steve C - Oct 8, 2010 at 11:40 AM

    Sure hindsight being 20/20 sure Burrell would have been a slightly better option the Denorfia.
    Burrell – 120 PA – 2.6 WAR
    Denorfia – 99 PA – 1.8 WAR
    At the time the decision was made the consensus was that Burrell forgot how to hit a baseball when he went down to the trop, so I don’t blame a GM for passing on him. He had had 3 above average seasons, 2002, 2005, and 2008. The projections had Burrell pegged as a league average or worse player.

  3. Jonny5 - Oct 8, 2010 at 11:59 AM

    I think given the evidence available at the time Jed made the right choice. Who would have thunk that Burrell hated the stink of the Trop enough to just stop hitting the ball. I mean he went from a good batter, who had the makings of a DH, to doing nothing with the Rays, to back to his old self. Just by leaving the Rays. I don’t buy the whole AL killing him crap either. Maybe he gets cold and stinky waiting for his turn to bat instead of playing OF like he’s used to? Who knows? But jed made the right choice imo because Burrell was stinky at the time.

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