Dodgers Add Gerry Hunsicker to Front Office

Well holy hell, this came out of nowhere. From the press release…

The Los Angeles Dodgers today hired Gerry Hunsicker as Senior Advisor, Baseball Operations. Dodger General Manager Ned Colletti made the announcement.

“Gerry brings a wealth of senior level experience and knowledge that will assist baseball operations at all levels,” said Colletti.

Hunsicker will assist Colletti and President and CEO Stan Kasten with the Dodgers’ big league club while also lending his expertise to international scouting and development, pro scouting and minor league development. The 2013 season will be the Houston resident’s 35th in Major League Baseball.

Hunsicker previously served as the Tampa Bay Ray’s Senior Vice President, Baseball Operations, a position he held since November 2005. Hunsicker was part of principal owner Stuart Sternberg’s new management group and was a key figure in reshaping their baseball operations into the successful department it is today. With the Rays, Hunsicker was instrumental in helping to create significant presence in Venezuela, the Dominican Republic, Colombia and Brazil. In 2009, he also oversaw the Rays expanded efforts in Asia and Europe.

Hunsicker began his career in baseball in 1978 and his experience spans four decades, including nine seasons as Astros General Manager from 1996-2004. Under Hunsicker, Houston posted the sixth-best winning percentage in the Majors during that period (.544, 793-665), set a franchise record with 102 wins in 1998 and reached the postseason five times in nine seasons. Hunsicker was named Sporting News Executive of the Year in 1998 and the core he assembled of Craig Biggio, Jeff Bagwell, Lance Berkman, Brad Ausmus, Roy Oswalt, Andy Pettitte and Roger Clemens won a National League title before falling to the White Sox in the 2005 Fall Classic. He also spent seven seasons in the New York Mets organization as Director of Minor League Operations (1989-90), Director of Baseball Operations (1991) and Assistant Vice President of Baseball Operations (1992-95).

Now that’s a resume. I have to say, I really, really like this. Hunsicker is beyond well-respected in the industry, and as you can see in the release, he put together the quality Houston teams that had a nice run of success. In Tampa, he was hired to help Andrew Friedman learn the baseball ropes when the inexperienced 28-year-old was put in charge in 2005. (As you can guess, that’s worked out pretty well.)

Why Hunsicker has chosen to leave the Rays to join the Dodgers, I cannot say, and I hope that’s something we learn more about soon. It’s important to note that despite his GM experience, he should not be seen as someone coming in to threaten Ned Colletti. After all, if Colletti’s job were in danger, we wouldn’t be hearing about the extension he’s supposed to sign this offseason.

No, what really stands out to me is this line: “With the Rays, Hunsicker was instrumental in helping to create significant presence in Venezuela, the Dominican Republic, Colombia and Brazil. In 2009, he also oversaw the Rays expanded efforts in Asia and Europe.”

Kasten said from nearly the day he arrived that rebuilding the Dodger international scouting efforts was among his highest priorities, especially considering how awful that part of the business had become under Frank McCourt. With the new CBA limiting international spending, it’s going to take more than just money to win that battle. It’s going to take knowledge and experience, and Hunsicker certainly brings that.

Basically, it comes down to this: more respected, intelligent baseball minds in the front office is almost never a bad thing, and Hunsicker comes with a great record of work. Can’t wait to see the details, but upon initial review, really happy with this.

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Mike Petriello
Mike Petriello moderator

here comes your mystery review in a NEW POST

Disgruntled Goat
Disgruntled Goat moderator

"mental toughness" - If i could go the rest of my baseball watching life without hearing or reading this term, I'd be a happy goat. 

WBBsAs (In Dog We Trust. Un Planeta Sin Gatos)
WBBsAs (In Dog We Trust. Un Planeta Sin Gatos)

Just watch the condensed, and almost wished I had seen the entire thing. It was almost all highlights, but especially enjoyed the dominant Lincescum and the defense, especially Kung Fu Panza at third, the Poseur at first, and his superior defensive replacement behind the dish.

DBrim
DBrim moderator

Posey, Rodney get comeback player of the year. No problem with Posey, but I would have picked Dunn for AL.

Mike Petriello
Mike Petriello moderator

Think you'll get a kick out of today's review. Coming at 9am PT.

DBrim
DBrim moderator

I had a baseball-related dream last night (first since the end of Dodgers season).  I was sitting in a plane (apparently a charter plane, because it was nice), and I was arguing with people that Melky shouldn't be "excluded" from the batting title (which I still believe).  My dad was the most vocal opposition.

 

At one point, I looked out the window and saw that the plane was just about level with an overpass, and it looked like we were going to crash into it.  The pilot managedto avoid the overpass by stalling the engines, which made us promptly crash into the ground below.

 

Then I woke up.

 

What does it mean?

Frank J Lapidus
Frank J Lapidus

Yeah, so anyway, Zito is going in game 5 and guess who hits lefties pretty well? Yep, and they got Beltran back, too. The Cards SHOULD win this game, because if they don't, it could be tough to finish the gnats off at the Phonebooth.

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The comments at MCC amused me briefly, but I must move on with my evening. FARE THEE WELL, and have a wonderful evening!

EephusBlue
EephusBlue moderator

U know whats satisfying? Seeing Cain and Lincecum lose

LA_Woman
LA_Woman

Dee Gordon ‏@skinnyswag9

Somewhere I kindof forgot where I came from...time to get back to being me! #AP4life #GFB #FBN

Disgruntled Goat
Disgruntled Goat moderator

related: i need to stop clicking on random articles from twitter that turn out to be from one of the NY papers 

Mike Petriello
Mike Petriello moderator

 @MFYG all of the likes

 

(have to try to be not a homer over there)

Mike Petriello
Mike Petriello moderator

 @WBBsAs I have watched almost none of this series. I'm still rooting for "asteroid".

Mike Petriello
Mike Petriello moderator

 @DBrim ha. Swear I tweeted this before coming here:

 

"Would have Dunn>Rodney, but close enough. RT @BillShaikin: MLB: Comeback players of the year: Buster Posey in NL, Fernando Rodney in AL.

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@DBrim Shallow statement from a shallow rag. Then again, Jeter is just as shallow as Arod, so whatevs.

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Let me translate , MCC iz funny to laff at, but I HAZ to go NAO, don't fap too much. Nite!

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@LA Woman the Kid has determination. Being the Hanley/Cruz heir/depth with the Isotopes for a while might force him to really focus on his Defense and his Walks.

MSTI OG
MSTI OG

hes ok and all but i cant stand guys that havent even made it to the Bigs yet (or any other profession) and have "swag" in their email address, FB page, twitter etc.

DBrim
DBrim moderator

@el serracho Closer mentality.

DBrim
DBrim moderator

@Mike Petriello @WBBsAs I prefer the baseball kraken. Although SF narrowly avoided an asteroid, too.

Mike Petriello
Mike Petriello moderator

 @DBrim you know what's crazy to think about re: Posey... this is his first full season.

DBrim
DBrim moderator

@Mike Petriello Yep. In a hilarious way, though.

Disgruntled Goat
Disgruntled Goat moderator

 @Mike Petriello  I like Mike's attitude about this - basically, it can be stupid if it has a point (or is funny), and it can be pointless if it's not stupid (or is funny). 

 

But both? No thanks. 

Frank J Lapidus
Frank J Lapidus

@DodgersKingsoftheGalaxy May have been, i'll admit mass carnage and bloodshed may have been too much

MSTI OG
MSTI OG

instead of swag he should be shortywalks or skinnywalks

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@GoGiantsGo truth. He still has to prove that he is a big league starter.

DBrim
DBrim moderator

Basically, we know you're not a fan of Posey. Stop beating the dead horse.

DBrim
DBrim moderator

@WBBsAs Except WAR.

Disgruntled Goat
Disgruntled Goat moderator

 @DBrim  @Mike the primary reason this troubles me is that Matt Kemp did not win when he so richly deserved it. 

DBrim
DBrim moderator

@Mike Petriello He's going to win MVP, too. Pretty good for your first full season.

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Oh screw it, fap fap fap fap fap fap fap fap

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@LakerDodger24 ahajajajaha, I meant his cannon is loose from fapping.

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@LakerDodger24 so that's what they call it when it's sore.

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It would be nice if they actually busted up the rings like they did with Lance Armstrong. Be even better if they had to vacate their ONE World Series win in S.F too. @EephusBlue @GoGiantsGo

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@EephusBlue @GoGiantsGo swag don't pay bills. Skill, patience, good character...

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Heh, taking long walks to get to First Base. Giggity

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@GoGiantsGo taking Walks would be nice. He can steal more if he can get to First Base.