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December 18, 2003 12:00 am

Breaking Balls: Shine the Light

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Derek Zumsteg

We can be pretty hard on front offices sometimes, whether they're deserving of it or not. For instance, during a Roundtable recently, I stated the following: "I don't think the Mariners have enough brain power to light a bulb, much less think through the intricacies of market dynamics." I doubt this comes as much of a surprise to anyone. It was a comment born out of frustration at an off-season that started with bringing back Edgar Martinez, but has gone downhill from there. Sometimes it seems like the people running major-league clubs are as clueless as that one owner in your fantasy league who just traded Rafael Soriano for Terrence Long. Take Pat Gillick, a man who was frequently mentioned as one of the best general managers in the game. Gillick's a smart guy; he and the Blue Jays set up a tremendous player development system in the Dominican Republic back when people thought they were a little loopy for doing it, and it paid tremendous dividends. His teams have won championships. So, to call him dumb... well, that was stupid of me, and it sparked some arguments.

I doubt this comes as much of a surprise to anyone. It was a comment born out of frustration at an off-season that started with bringing back Edgar Martinez, but has gone downhill from there. Sometimes it seems like the people running major-league clubs are as clueless as that one owner in your fantasy league who just traded Rafael Soriano for Terrence Long.

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