What They Were Saying: AL West GMs

Billy Beane may be the best-known general manager in baseball, but that wasn’t the case when he replaced Sandy Alderson in 1997. Here’s how Beane was presented to fans back when he was promoted to his current position, plus notes on his three AL West counterparts (click here to see what they were saying about AL East GMs and here to see what they were saying about AL Central GMs):

Jack Zduriencik

“Jack Zduriencik, who has made his baseball reputation as a scouting guru, was asked Friday to give a scouting report on his own administrative style.

‘I'm a 24/7 guy,’ he replied. ‘I'm a little no-nonsense. I like to get right down to it; there's a job to be done here, let's not waste each other's time. I like decisions.’" – Larry Stone, The Seattle Times, October 25th, 2008

Tony Reagins

“While the promotion of Reagins keeps the Angels' hierarchy largely intact, it does elevate an inexperienced hand to the critical position of general manager. Though he has spent 16 years in the Angels' organization, Reagins' only experience in negotiating contracts has been in dealing with minor-league free agents.” – Bill Plunkett, The Orange County Register, October 17th, 2007

Jon Daniels

“Daniels' Queens upbringing comes off as rather normal, with no hints of his blazing career path. Following his mother's example, he grew up a Mets fan, first in Fresh Meadows, then in Bayside; it was the mid-'80s, and everyone around him cheered on Davey Johnson and his wild players as the pitching-poor Yankees couldn't make the playoffs. He attended P.S. 26, and before seventh grade, he was accepted into an academically gifted program run by Hunter College on Manhattan's Upper East Side. 

‘It was kind of a quick learning process,’ recalled Jon Daniels, ‘to go from a mama's boy from Queens to having a little more court awareness.’- Ken Davidoff, Newsday, November 25th, 2005 

Billy Beane

“One of three first-round picks by the Mets in 1980, Beane, an infielder/outfielder, had a six-year major- league career with the Mets, Tigers, Twins and A's.

‘This is something that since I was 18, I've looked forward to doing,’ said Beane. ‘I've wanted to run a ball club.’

And Beane knows he has some work ahead of him. The A's finished 65-97, the worst record in baseball.” – David Bush, The San Francisco Chronicle, October 18th, 1997


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8 Comments on "What They Were Saying: AL West GMs"

4 years 10 months ago

Glad the love-affair with Jacky Z is over…

4 years 10 months ago

I usually don’t like to root against people, but it was a bit ridiculous.

4 years 10 months ago

But pitching and defense! Low risk, high reward! Other buzzwords!

David X
4 years 10 months ago

“I’m a little no-nonsense. I like to get right down to it.” — Jack Z

“Me too.” — Josh Lueke

4 years 10 months ago

you know why there was so much love affair? because he wasn’t a stupid gm like Bavasi. He could actually make senseable moves, not destroy the farm system and not spend alot of money on average players. I expect there to be a love affair with the Mets new GM because, well , no Omar.

4 years 10 months ago

I think Billy Beane has lost a lot of respect when it comes to us Oakland A’s fans tired of hearing a new stadium. Yeah, it makes sense players will come if we had a better one but what happens when you do get the approval of one? You still got a few damn seasons to play until its finished before everything is moved to a new stadium. Screw Billy Beane. Sign some hitters and we’ll start talking about you being the best GM in baseball again.

4 years 10 months ago

“Sign some hitters and we’ll start talking about you being the best GM in baseball again.”

So what happens if he signs these Hitters but then they um don’t hit? The only hitter he brought over that was pretty awesome was Frank Thomas.

4 years 10 months ago

So what are Hitters suppose to do? Pitch? They’re called a “hitter” for a reason….