In the upcoming issue of ESPN the Magazine, Buster Olney polled 12 GMs and asked them to vote for other GMs in several categories. Interestingly, Andrew Friedman doesn’t receive a lot of love from his peers.
- Easiest GMs to make a deal with: Friedman received no votes (Jim Hendry of the Cubs had the most votes – 5)
- Toughest GMs to make a deal with: Friedman received no votes (Brian Sabean – 7)
- GMs who are the biggest card players: Friedman received 1 vote – “[Friedman is] very strategic in his dealings. I don’t think he ever opens up.” (Neal Huntington and Ned Colletti – 3 votes each)
- If you needed a GM, who would you hire?: Friedman received 1 vote – “I know he’s young, but look at what they’ve accomplished organizationally. He’s the best GM in the game.” (Theo Epstein – 8 )
Hardly scientific and who knows how many of these GMs would have Friedman as their second choice if they needed a GM. But one might wonder if Friedman is frowned upon by other GMs because he was not a baseball insider prior to being hired and didn’t “put in the time” at the lower ranks.