Even the most die-hard Red Sox fan will admit that some of the decisions that GM Theo Epstein (aka Hunky McDreamboat to the pink hats) have been a little shaky.
Last season, Epstein signed Coco Crisp to a big deal. This offseason, he will try to trade Crisp.
The season before that, Epstein signed Matt Clement to a pricey contract. Clement sat out most of last season.
More than a few times, Epstein has chased after even bigger disasters, only to be outbid and bailed out by other teams ( i.e., the Yankees). See: Carl Pavano, El Duque and A-Rod.
So it’s probably good that the Red Sox are trying to find some help for their young GM. It’s probably not good news that the man they’ve hired for the job is Allard Baird, one of the worst executives in sports history.
From the Boston Red Sox public relations department:
BOSTON, MA-The Red Sox today announced the appointment of Allard Baird to the position of Assistant to the General Manager.
The appointment, which is effective November 1, was announced by Executive Vice President/General Manager Theo Epstein.
Baird joined the Boston organization in July 2006 as a special assignment scout. In his new position, his responsibilities will be expanded to overseeing the Red Sox’ professional scouting department. Baird will serve as an advisor to Epstein on all facets of the club’s baseball operations and will continue in his role as a special assignment scout for major and minor league coverage as well as the amateur draft.
Baird, 44, served as Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Kansas City Royals from June 2000-May 2006. he was the fifth General Manager in franchise history. That’s right, the man who is more or less solely responsible for making the Kansas City Royals the powerhouse that they are today is being give MORE POWER with the Red Sox.
Yankees fans, contain your laughter.