Saturday, October 15, 2005

Candidate #3

(3) David Forst

David Forst, 27, graduated Cum Laude from Harvard University in 1998 with a BA in sociology. He has worked for the Athletics the past five seasons and currently holds the duel position of Assistant GM and Coordinator of Professional Scouting. His primary duties include assisting Billy Beane in all player personnel moves, contract negotiations and statistical research, advance scouting and statistical analysis at the major league level, and coordinating pro scouting assignments and scheduling.

The decision on the next GM of the Philadelphia Phillies will not come down to who is the single best, most qualified candidate for the job. It is more important to the franchise than that. The choice of whom the new GM will be, at least partially anyway, will depend on the fans. Does anybody real see this Phils ownership group thinking outside the box and hiring a 27-year old, Harvard grad from a "Moneyball" organization to lead the team?

The new GM will be a retread. Think more along the lines of Gerry Hunsicker, one of the Duquette cousins, Brian Cashman, or (the odds are small, but it scares the heck out of me) Jim Bowden. Chances are slim that a first time GM will be hired. Think about the manager search last year - same old retreads were interviewed and first time managerial candidates were never given legit opportunities.

Some team will be very happy they hired David Forst in the not too distant future. I'm certain of that. Sadly, I don't think it will be the Phillies. He is a good candidate and I personally think very highly of him. Evidence is found in what the A's have been able to do the last few years with the current management team in place. Hard to deny the success they've had on the budget they've operated under. Forst ranks second behind Dayton Moore as a guy whom I'd like to see lead the Philadelphia Phillies.

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