BuckMagic wrote:It is tough to grade MacPhail on the draft and player development when he has little to no influence over it!! Would Matt Hobgood look terrible if someone other than MacPhail was GM? Would Xavier Avery progress faster if we had a different GM? Would we have drafted Hobgood if there was another GM?
I think, regardless of MacPhail being GM, the results would be the same.
The GM is the guy that all of those departments report to. If the personnel there aren't doing their jobs it's the responsibility of the GM to determine there is a problem and then decide whether changes need to be made. I feel that MacPhail was too hands off in his management style and allowed the player development department to become a disorganized mess.
The Draft is ABSOLUTELY the responsibility of the GM. He hires or fires the scouting director and gets a budget from the owner. Jordan was not the problem. The budget was. MacPhail either never felt the team needed to DRAMATICALLY increase its draft budget or couldn't get Angelos to agree to a budget that would allow us to build a properly supplied farm system. If it's the latter then MacPhail should have threatened to resign if Angelos was not going to properly support a rebuilding program. After all, we're only talking about 20M from 2008 to 2011. A little less than what we spent on Mike Gonzales and Kevin Gregg.