Friday, March 27, 2009

What keeps bad organizations bad?

Doing things like this:

The gift that keeps on giving: Jimbo's inexplicable handshake agreement with Dmitri Young forces Stan's hand; Da MeatShake to be added to Nats' 40-man roster before Opening Day. Via Nationals Journal:

The Nationals intend to add Dmitri Young to the 40-man roster before Opening Day because of a handshake agreement that was made this winter between Young and then-General Manager Jim Bowden.

Good for the Nats for honoring the "agreement", as bizarre and inexplicable as it may be.

See, I don't think it's "good for the Nats" to be honoring something that will be detrimental to the team. Maybe that makes me a bad person, but if I were brought in to replace Bowden and I heard of this "agreement" and Young clearly isn't ready/worth adding to the 40 man roster, I'd call him into the office and explain my view of reality to him. That would be that while we all love him as a person, he did not earn a spot on this team right now and the goal of this team is to win games, not make friends. My role as GM would be to put the best team on the field and if Young wasn't among those, so be it. It's a brutal side to the game but the game is a meritocracy and if Young hasn't earned a spot, he can bring it up with Bowden.

4 comments:

Zach Sanders said...

Why honor an agreement from someone who no longer works for you? Just cut "Tubbs" already.

tHeMARksMiTh said...

"Tubbs" should be a new line of cards (like Topps). David Wells, Dmitri Young, and Prince Fielder can highlight the first series.

Carl the Big Fool said...

As much as I loved Da Meat Hook in his Comeback POTY season, he strikes me as one of those dudes who needs sufficient motivation. When it looked like he was out of baseball and the Nats gave him a non-guaranteed second chance, he worked hard and played really well. As soon as he had a guaranteed contract and a handshake deal that he'd be on the roster, he put on weight and generally played like ass. As such, Bowden's agreement shouldn't be worth the paper it's printed on.

Let it be noted, however, that the Nats are potentially sending promising young pitcher Jordan Zimmermann (two n's, that distinguishes him from Ryan Zimmerman) to the minors to start the season so as to push his arbitration start date back, and there's speculation that Dmitri is just keeping this roster spot warm until they're ready for Zimmermann.

Jason @ IIATMS said...

Been expecting you, Carl, our resident Nats fan.

I'm watching ZimmermanN closely.