No Time, No Crime
Theo Epstein spoiled baseball.
Not every sabremetric-oriented general manager who assumes control over a legendary franchise can propel his team to the World Series within two years, but I’m sure Dodgers owner Frank McCourt knew that.
McCourt fired GM Paul DePodesta after two years of service littered with solid moves, bad luck and often undeserved criticism.
In his first year McCourt delivered a division title, more than most Dodger fans were hoping for. This inflated expectations for his second year in charge, but suspicious moves brought unease to True Blue stomachs everywhere. Adrian Beltre fled to the Mariners, and in his place DePodesta brought in Jeff Kent and J.D. Drew. Kent was, by all measures, a success, while Drew’s injury bug struck again (although, to his credit, his broken wrist was from a hit by pitch - nothing chronic).