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Well, I still would've liked to see Hunsicker in there, but if Gillick is it, that's ok also. I just hope that he doesn't live up to his old nickname 'Stand Pat'.

We need some aggressive moves NOW!

I assume this might mean that Hunsicker will end up in Boston?

I am cautiously optimistic. I live in Seattle, and he is not well liked here, but the man has a lot of experience, and I think that's exactly what we need for the short-term. He should succeed or fail rather quickly- I am ready for some action on the old transaction wire. Let's get this hot stove burning already!

In terms of Gillick's 'contempt' for modern thinking, here's what David Pinto at Baseball Musings (www.baseballmusings.com) had to say: "While Gillick paints himself as the anti-Moneyball GM, he's not. Gillick does with his head what DePodesta does with a computer. Look at the teams he created in Toronto and Seattle. His offenses were built around players with great OBAs. He knew when to replace high priced stars with cheaper ones who also had talent. His trade of Fernandez and McGriff for Alomar and Carter made the team younger and better, especially as he was able to move Olerud into the first base slot. It was a great Moneyball deal."

Now this comment was in reference to Gillick possibly joining the Dodgers, but it is also relevant to the Phillies. If you agree with Pinto's comment, moving high-priced 'stars' (Abreu, Thome) for cheaper ones is exactly what the Philllies need. And using moneyball principles is not exclusive to sabermetric savvy GMs only.

My only 'minor' concern would be that Gillick has no NL experience, and that might impact how he goes about building a pitching staff. Hopefully someone like Amaro will be able to help in that area.

If Gillick can 'clean up' some of the Phillies dead-weight contracts, add some pieces in the short term and get the Phillies over the hump, there's no reason to get too worked up over the prospect of Amaro taking over. I think he might make a pretty good GM in a couple of years, especially if Gillick can manage to unburden the next GM with some of the bad contracts the Phillies now have.


George, good to have you back:

The part I'm looking forward to most is having a GM who knows when it's time to let go, someone who understands when things aren't working and need to be fixed. Of the five candidates, I thought Hunsicker was the best equipped for this task.

Gillick is better connected than the previous GM and should be similar to Hunsicker in that regard. Ed Wade was too afraid of trading down, too afraid fans might take it as a sign of giving up.

You know what? Don't listen to us. That's the problem.

This isn't necessarily a "Moneyball" concept, which sometimes gets confused with trading down or trading to get younger.

Likewise, not every GM over the age of 50 is out of touch with on base percentage and other fundimental stats from the new school. Because Gillick is so open about his visual talent evaluation, he gets tagged as anti-Moneyball, when he's actually following the same principles, as David Pinto correctly noted.

Moneyball (verb, adj., noun these days) is fast becoming my least favorite word related to baseball. The term has gone through so many alterations since the book, I'm not even sure what it means anymore. It's especially popular online because the Internet, including spaces like this one, really bask in stats, stats, stats.

One other thing I wanted to touch on (because I've been doing my editorializing in the comments thread lately): "Stand Pat." There's no evidence to justify that because he didn't make deadline moves in 2002 or 2003 or whenever that he won't make moves here. I just don't see that common thread connection.

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