by Dan Peschong
There is no doubt that many baseball fans dreamed of being a major league player growing up. Most of us could picture ourselves knocking one deep like Jimmy Wynn or racing in to make a miraculous catch like Cesar Cedeno. I’m not sure what our lady friends thought growing up — that is perhaps a post for a different day. But anyway, at some point we would realize that God gave us many skills, but few in the baseball talent department, and our minds would turn to other sports-related jobs.
Many kids turned to fantasies about being the next Vin Sculley or
Gene Elston. But I think a lot of kids once they reached their teen years liked the thought of being a baseball manager. Traveling, seeing all the games close-up, ordering around all the players – superstars down to scrubs and making decisions on a minute by minute basis that had a direct effect on the game.
But with fantasy leagues and instantaneous access to statistics, another job may have eclipsed the manager’s spot in our (personal) fantasy wish list – that of general manager. When we were younger we may not have even known that such a job existed much less know the name of that particular person for our favorite team . However, I feel a sea change has occurred and the GMs spot is now a very high profile position.
So, fellow bloggers – most of your comments here are either second guessing the manager or the general manager’s decisions. If you were given the choice of either job, which one would you take and why? And would it make a difference if these hypothetical jobs were with the Astros rather than some other team in the majors?