Back in June we learned that Nolan Ryan and the Rangers had set their sights on Gerry Hunsicker to be their next General Manager. But in a recent interview with The Wall Street Journal, Hunsicker said he is happy with the Rays and doesn’t have a strong desire to be a GM again…
[Hunsicker] told the Wall Street Journal in a phone interview that he “did not have a burning passion” to be a GM again and didn’t think he would pursue any such openings this off-season…”I guess you don’t close the door on anything,” said Mr. Hunsicker, now a senior vice-president with the Tampa Bay Rays. “But to me, it would have to be a very special situation.”
Hunsicker, “Teller” to Andrew Friedman’s “Penn” (or “Silent Bob” to Friedman’s “Jay” for the younger crowd), was formerly the GM of the Astros. He went on to tell WSJ that he is happy where he is, adding that he enjoys not having “the responsibilities and pressures that go with being in the number-one chair.”
For all the credit that is bestowed upon Friedman, we have long felt that Hunsicker doesn’t get nearly as much credit as he deserves. Friedman and Hunsicker compliment each other perfectly. And we worry that the Rays would suffer if Hunsicker ever leaves.