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Is Mark Attanasio too close?


I'll probably get grilled for this, but with the seemingly "dead" Brewer trading season this year, it's a thought I have had.

Reports are that DM and MA talk every day.  There is no doubt that MA is a fan.  There have also been reports that MA educated himself about being a baseball owner pretty vigorously after he first bought the team by talking to people in the game about how to run things successfully.

I just wonder if the person who he learned most from wasnt DM, and that MA now feels some sort of loyalty and debt to him for helping him out those first few years and also taking the team to the playoffs pretty quickly after the purchase of the team and a modicum of success early on.

We know that MA was a big Yankees fan as a child, and that he doesnt mind opening the wallet to try and improve the team "Yankee style".    But running a small market MLB team like the Brewers isnt like running an investment firm or other types of businesses.

I would assume that he knows that the business model that would be most successful for the Milwaukee Brewers has to involve developing young players, building up the scouting and development staff, trading prospects away if you are "close" to a playoff chance and only then, never signing big FA contracts, etc.

This whole notion of being "blown away" when it comes to a trade involving Prince Fielder, is one that might hurt the team's future for the next few years.  He puts up big numbers it is true, but he's expensive, and he wont be here past next year.  Never mind the "PR" damage you would suffer if you trade away one of your best players for prospects, its a deal that can help the team.  And the fans will reward you down the road if it results in better teams for a more sustained period of time.  Fielder for Hudson/Viciedo to the White Sox would have been a very good trade.  Fielder to the Giants for Sanchez and Neal would have been a good trade too.  The whole comparison between Fielder and Teixiera when it comes to trades is valid, but that trade resulted in 4 players who were about 2 years away and didnt involve established major leaguers.  The "rumored" deals would have been equally good for the team as the Teixiera deal to the Braves was.

Some of the most successful franchises in the game are ones that have owners who are hands off and have the knowledge to let their baseball people make the decisions and run the club the best way possible.  Back in the 80s and 90s Ted Turner had his hands in the day to day dealings of the team, it wasnt until he surrendered that control to Stan Kasten, John Schuerholz and Bobby Cox that the team started to flourish.

My reason for this whole post is that maybe if MA wasnt so involved to the point where he has a daily phone call with his "buddy" who's running his ballclub, and doesnt seem to have the right philosophy when it comes to running a small market team, he would have no problem firing the poorly performing GM and hire someone with a long term plan for the franchise built on scouting and player development (no matter how much it might hurt in the short term).

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