Billy King, Bob Clarke, Pat Gillick and Tom Heckert in the same room at the same time. Not exactly the best and the brightest.
As the Phillies crash and burn and the Eagles prepare to start camp, Comcast Sportsnet gathered the GM’s of the four major professional teams in town to talk about the 23-year old championship drought and what steps the four were taking to end it.
I would hazard a guess more than a few viewers might have suggested starting with firing at least two of the GM’s themselves, King and Clarke, both of whom have shown themselves to be utterly inept at making trades and bringing in the right personnel. As for Heckert and Gillick, it wouldn’t matter what happens to the former since he has no real authority anyway while we should finally know more about the latter when he shows his hand as the July 31 trading deadline approaches.
I can’t wait for the sequel that will presumably find Charlie Manuel, Andy Reid, Ken Hitchcock and Mo Cheeks in the same room offering their formulae for success. Wouldn’t it be refreshing if one or more of them opened the festivities by saying he could use a better GM for starters.
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Just when you thought the City of Brotherly Love had a monopoly on GM’s who love to deal with their former teams, along comes GM Jim Bowden of the Washington Nationals who made an eight-player trade with GM Wayne Krivsky of the Cincinnati Reds,. The consensus is that Bowden, who was fired by the Reds in 2003, certainly served the coldest dish in any major league clubhouse yesterday when he snookered the Reds into trading Austin Kearns, Felipe Lopez and a prospect for Gary Majewski, Bill Bray, Royce Clayton, Brendon Harris and a prospect. Frankly, I don’t buy the party line. I think the Reds may end up the winners in this trade. With the exception of Royce, who is joining his 11th club in a fifteen year career, the Reds improved themselves where it meant the most, pitching and defense (although Clayton will probably move on to his 12th club shortly). As for Kearns, clearly the principal from Washington’s standpoint, he has never shown me he is a top-tier outfielder.