In my opinion it's Larry Beinfest, but this isn't about me, and besides, my opinion might be just a little skewed, considering I LOVE THE FLORIDA MARLINS.
Anyway, there are 32 GMs, and only 10 slots in the poll, so I'm going to eliminate a few fringe candidates right here.
Walt Jocketty's Cardinals may have just won the World Series, but the man still traded Dan Haren (and Kiko Calero and Daric Barton) for Mark Mulder. Atrocious. He also paid good money for ex-Marlins Juan Encarnacion and Braden Looper, when any bleacher bum in our stadium could tell you that they $%&#ing suck.
Omar Minaya only knows how to do one thing: spend the Mets money. Granted, he's done it fairly well (Delgado, Pedro, Beltran) but I don't think he knows how to do anything else. The man set the Expos/Nats back five years by trading Grady Sizemore, Cliff Lee, and Brandon Philips for half a year of Bartolo Colon. What a jerk.
Terry Ryan made one ENORMOUS trade, I'll give him that. A.J. Pierzynski for Francisco Liriano, Joe Nathan, AND Boof Bonser might be the most one-sided deal of all-time. But other than that, what has he done? The Twins are a product of an amazing farm system. Meanwhile, Ryan has done little to augment his team's stellar young talent, adding scorching bats such as Luis Castillo, Rondell White, Nick Punto, Shannon Stewart...you get the picture. I refuse to include him in the poll.
Ned Colletti just gave Juan Pierre $45 million. I'll repeat that. Ned Colletti just gave Juan Pierre FORTY FIVE MILLION DOLLARS. Enough said.
Brian Sabean: on the other end of that Liriano deal.
Jim Hendry. HAHAHAHAHAHAHA. Thanks for Dontrelle Willis!
Josh Byrnes almost made the cut, and then I remembered he let the Marlins have Dan Uggla for $50,000.
Bill Stoneman is just all over the place, Tim Purpura is just a punk, and I just don't like Doug Melvin. Maybe it's the moustache.
And that leaves us with our field of ten! I think the top contenders are Beinfest (obvious), Billy Beane (even more obvious), and Schuerholz (won 79 straight division titles...but only one WS. nyah, nyah braves fans), with Epstein and Cashman sure to draw a lot of votes thanks to know-nothing Red Sox and Yankees fans. Let the voting begin! UPDATE: Actually, Doug Melvin is probably more valuable than Kevin Towers. I'm still not putting Melvin on the list, so I'm just going to change the spot to "OTHER", but should you vote that way, I DEMAND an explanation.
Who is the best GM in baseball?
John Schuerholz (58 votes)
J.P. Ricciardi (10 votes)
Theo Epstein (10 votes)
Brian Cashman (9 votes)
Kevin Towers (6 votes)
Dave Dombrowski (26 votes)
Mark Shapiro (25 votes)
Ken Williams (8 votes)
Larry Beinfest (7 votes)
Billy Beane (82 votes)
241 total votes