How do you know if your team has the right General Manager* or not? At its heart, that sounds like an easy question. Wins and losses seem like a relatively easy barometer. At the same time, those don't take into account the massive disparity in payrolls between clubs, where they are in the success cycle, or the various attempts by ownership to mandate changes the GM doesn't agree with.
*For these purposes, we're using "General Manager" as shorthand for the front office built and maintained by each club. We also are using it to denote the kind of two-headed GM structure that many teams have adopted in the last year or two. No one man can run a franchise.
Last August, we asked you how confident you were in the leadership team running your favorite clubs. You responded, and it was great. You were especially high on the Cubs, Astros, Dodgers, Royals, Giants, Cardinals, and Blue Jays (though that didn't save Alex Anthopoulos. And were sad for the loss of Dave Dombrowski just as the poll went in the field. On the other end of the spectrum, the Marlins, Mariners, Phillies, Red Sox, and Angles all brought up the rear, and all replaced their leadership teams over the offseason.
With the season now a couple weeks old, it's about time we check in again. How do you feel about how the offseason went? Has the start of the season made you more or less hopeful? Is anybody on the hot seat already? The confidence ratings are on a scale of one to five, with five being the highest. I'll be back next week to present you with the results, along with comments about each GM. Take into account not only how your team has done here at the start of the season, but how well they were prepared for the season by the brain trust in question.
Click this link to take the survey. And thank you!