Friday, March 5, 2010

Ranking the GMs

Tim Marchman at Sports Illustrated ranks the general managers, and Mike Rizzo comes in way down at #23:
23. Mike Rizzo, Washington Nationals
It's far too early to rate Rizzo fairly, as he took over last season amidst an epic meltdown, but he hasn't done anything to hurt the team and made a few nice minor moves this winter, such as snaring pitcher Jason Marquis. He rates above the next two men by a hair on the principle of seniority.
I don't really gripe too much about the low ranking. If you're going to embark on an exercise like this, then you're going to look a little silly wherever you rank a brand-newbie like Rizzo. Marchman basically decided to slot the new hires--Rizzo, Jed Hoyer, and Alex Anthopolous--just above bottom tier of GMs he thinks should be fired (Omar Minaya, Ed Wade, Dayton Moore, Brian Sabean, and Ned Colletti).

That said, Jim Hendry has made a real mess in Chicago. Rizzo deserves to be above him. And Walt Jocketty is overrated at 14. He would deserve a top ten ranking for the job he did in St. Louis, but in Cincinnati his moves have just gotten curiouser and curiouser.

Otherwise it's a decent read and not a terrible cut at it.

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