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.



  1. That's one of the biggest reasons I am looking forward to Jonah Keri's book - to see if it explores the relationship between Hunsicker and World B. Friedman.

  2. Gus says:

    Hunsicker doesn't fit the "whiz-kid" narrative, but it has been my feeling that he has been crucial all along the way. He gave the Rays some legitimacy in MLB circles, and I think that he keeps the whiz kids from thinking too hard.

    Has Gabe Kapler gone on the Troy Percival exile plan? Did anybody see him in TIA going to California? I haven't seen him in any of the locker room situations. Did I miss his retirement or something?

  3. Rich says:

    Not that I'm too upset about it but what did happen to Gabe Kapler?? Not present for any celebrations and no where to be found... Anybody know?


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