Executives in command of personnel in any sport primarily have one mandate: that each transfer ought to edge it nearer to contending for a championship. That could possibly be speedy steps backward to take future strikes ahead faster as, for instance, the Astros did to tank to get excessive draft picks and get monetary savings for a greater day.
This brings me to Eli Manning and the way a lot it jogs my memory of the Yankees’ finish recreation with Derek Jeter.
The 2 gamers share similarities as guys who honored their main acquisitions by New York groups, not solely profitable titles, however being the faces of these titles and representing the franchises in a principally upright, pristine means.
Due to that, it’s exhausting to maneuver on from each — by followers and, typically, by possession. The ties are rightfully robust.
It was the Steinbrenner household, not baseball operations, that ordered Jeter’s remaining three-yr (2012-14) contract with the Yankees. And there was no appropriate backup added for that final yr, which led to Jeter persevering with to start out and — regardless of properly-under league common stats — persevering with to hit second each recreation, just about to not embarrass him on the best way out of the door. The Yanks recovered the subsequent yr by buying Didi Gregorius, however that was good timing/scouting quite than having prepped properly for all times after Jeter.
As for Manning, it’s arduous to make a case that he would be the quarterback the subsequent time the Giants have a championship contender and — if that’s the case — they need to be doing no matter greatest prepares them for that — maybe beginning rookie Davis Webb. In truth, you can also make a case that the Giants much more so must be on this place as a result of they’re 1-7 whereas the 2014 Yankees have been no less than peripheral playoff contenders, and it may be argued that Jeter’s expertise offered worth within the race.
Once more, it’s arduous for many who like all that Manning has achieved for a franchise, together with staying sturdy sufficient to by no means miss a begin. However these in control of personnel all the time have to rise above the sentimentality and see the large image — no matter how particular the bond turns into between stars comparable to Jeter and Manning and fan bases. It’s not private. It’s enterprise.
Braves in limbo
The MLB investigation into rule breaking by members of the Braves entrance workplace, particularly within the worldwide area, just isn’t anticipated to supply any punishments from the Commissioners Workplace earlier than subsequent week’s GM Conferences.
Thus, for the brief time period, president of baseball…