Jun 1, 2014; Boston, MA, USA; A general view of Fenway Park during the eighth inning of the game between the Boston Red Sox and the Tampa Bays Rays. The Boston Red Sox won 4-0. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports
Former Rockies’ OF Quinton McCracken for GM?
(via BoSox Injection)
This is a very nice piece from our sister site, BoSox Injection, about the Sox interviewing Astros’ director of player development Quinton McCracken for Boston’s open GM role.
McCracken, of course, played for the Rockies in 1995, 1996, and 1997, hitting .291 in Colorado over that time frame after the club drafted him out of Duke University. He went on to have a long career with several other big league ball clubs, and has been working in Major League front offices ever since.
The Sox are going to be interviewing several other candidates, and they have a lot of options, you’d imagine, considering the well-respected and well-connected Dave Dombrowski is running the show now in Boston.
Some interesting analysis here regarding the ins and outs of Boston’s front office, from the guys at BoSox Injection:
"My concern here is with his lack of experience. Six seasons doesn’t seem like a huge amount to me for such a job as general manager. McCracken is going to be a prime candidate for advancement for his involvement with the Astros who are likely to make the playoffs this season after several down seasons. Another member of the Astros front office ex-assistant GM, 30 year old David Stearns was just named the Milwaukee Brewers general manager. So, perhaps if you look at a whiz kid like Stearns, six years might be considered plenty of experience for the GM job. While McCracken was a rung or two below Stearns, the Astros success reflects well on him in terms of the success of all its young players. Perhaps he could continue to assist in that process with the Red Sox. The position of General Manager for the Red Sox will hold less power than most other organizations who don’t have a President of Baseball Operations making the final decisions. This could be one reason that McCracken could get this job, however, as he would likely be accepting of such a role since he has never advanced so far in an organization. This is an involved process, of course, and many other candidates will be brought in."
Nevertheless, with McCracken joining Gabe Kapler (director of player development for the Dodgers) and Jerry Dipoto (former GM of the Angels), it’s always nice to see former Rockies in impactful front office positions.
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