Which GMs are facing the most pressure entering the second half?
The job of major league baseball general manager is a pressure-filled position, although those lucky enough to rise to that lofty title are usually given more time than managers to show what they can do. While it's hard to imagine a spate of changes this winter, time may be running short in a couple cases. These 12 GMs are for a variety of reasons at least facing more pressure than most others as they enter the second half.
While occasional rumblings have been heard about Minaya's job security, word is that Minaya's Mets bosses aren't about to pin this season on him. Mets COO
Rizzo is known as a superb judge of talent. But he isn't an experienced administrator, and it's possible he may not have detested
Sabean's put together one of baseball's best pitching staffs (it's good enough to overcome their lack of offense), and the Giants' farm system suddenly looks solid or better for position players as well as pitchers for the first time in a long while, with slugger
Hey, timing's everything. Sabean was downright abysmal for three or four years after a string of excellent seasons to start his tenure. But now the Giants look like a contender again, and even big-salaried players that looked like complete mistakes (especially
Frankly, this team should be better than this, and with
The American League's dominance is undeniable. The 12-0-1 record in the last 13 All-Star Games is no fluke. Here are some possible reasons:
1. The biggest-spending powers, the Yankees and Red Sox, are in the AL.
2. They have an advantage in closers, with
3. The presence of the DH on their teams, and the DH in games played at AL cities, gives the Junior Circuit a little more chance at firepower.
4. They've had a couple players known for rising to the occasion in big moments (
5. Two fewer teams means two fewer obligatory picks. (For instance, the AL doesn't have the Nats, who have to be represented.)
• Jays star pitcher
• The Phillies made a good deal getting Pedro (the
• The Red Sox reportedly have begun contract talks with All-Star
• The Reds need to begin a hunt for outfielders after
• While arguing that Major League players are doing quite well at the writers' luncheon, Selig called on right-hand man and general counsel
• Golden Spikes winner
• If Selig has strong negative feelings about the Nats' troubles, he wasn't saying. "I have faith in (the club-owning
• My tweeting highlight of the week (year?) was this comment from noted baseball aficionado