With the list reportedly narrowed to Pat Gillick, Gerry Hunsicker and the two in-house candidates, a report in today’s Daily News indicates a new GM could be installed by midweek.
Marcus Hayes reported about the possibility of Phillies president David Montgomery making his decision sooner rather than later since Gillick and Hunsicker have been courted by other teams.
The Dodgers received permission from the Mariners to interview Gillick for their vacant GM position, and Hunsicker has put the Tampa Bay Devil Rays on standby while talking with the Phils.
Beer Leaguer take
This wasn’t the wide, all-encompassing list I had originally hoped for. By my count, the manager’s “search” had twice the candidates, and a broader spectrum of choices.
However, with the list all but whittled down to the final four, I’m pulling for a quick finish. The GM meetings are scheduled for next week, and with free agency upon them, it’s time for the team to move forward.
Baring a bigger offer from the Rays, Husicker could be the choice. He would be my choice.
Hunsicker, whose stamp can be seen all over the NL champion Astros, is more than qualified to take the reigns of a comparable team with comparable resources. The 55-year-old Collegeville native resigned from the Astros two seasons ago citing differences with owner Drayton McLean.
Hunsicker, Monty discuss saber-whatnow?
Good news for well-reasoned purists and stat heads alike if Hunsicker is installed as the next GM. Monty sat down with the Inquirer’s Todd Zolecki and discussed the old vs. new school:
"If you're young, you're more into statistics," Montgomery said. "If you're older, you're more into the head and feel. I actually think that it's a hybrid of those two situations. Gerry and I talked at length about this. I don't think the needle should point all one way or the other. I think, shame on you in this day and age if you don't use statistics to evaluate. But shame on you if you don't take a look at a person and try to know everything you can about them before you sign them as an amateur or before you trade for them or whatever. I think there's great value in each. There are a lot of theories there."