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.



  1. Sarah says:

    I'm also not sure that most of these questions measure his abilities -- is being the easiest (or hardest) to make a deal with actually a good thing?

    • Cork Gaines says:

      I guess I was pointing mostly at the last question. I thought Friedman would have received more than 1 vote. I included the other questions more to be thorough. But yes, I can see how the way the questions are worded, it could have different meanings. Kind of a poor job by Buster.

  2. Don says:

    AF and SS are both "outsiders" to the baseball industry...
    Don't expect any accolades, praise, or cooperation from the old cronies that have been around since the beginning of time (and Money).....

    • Amanda says:

      I completely agree with you and Cork. Being an outsider is the kiss of death in baseball.


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