There is a change in the way Major League Baseball organizations are structuring their front offices. They are expanding and roles are being redefined and even defined in the case of newly found positions.
There are three teams who come to mind when I think about the new structures. The first is the Cubs and how Theo Epstein is now the President of Baseball Operations. He has the final say on every matter but it is still Jed Hoyer’s job as general manager to assemble the 25-man roster and 40-man roster along with other various aspects.
The second team I thought about was the Arizona Diamondbacks. Never in baseball has a person had the position “CBO” or Chief Baseball Officer. What is that? I don’t think anybody can clearly define it so why not give the position to Tony LaRussa who is a very respected baseball guy with an intelligent baseball mind. From the sounds of it, he is in a similar position to Epstein and has final say on all baseball matters. So after months of observation he fired Kevin “ The Gunslinger” Towers and restructured the organization. Dave Stewart (player turned pitching coach turned assistant GM turned agent) is now the GM and he is in charge of constructing the major league roster.
Arizona also hired De Jon Watson as senior vice president of baseball operations. In an interview during a D-backs game this season he’s basically there to fill in the gaps of where the organization might be lacking. Remember the game has changed a lot since Stewart was last in a front office so Watson’s experience will come in handy helping him right a very wrong ship in the desert.
The third front office with a new structure is something that doesn’t have to be described much as it has been well documented in the past and that is the Houston Astros. They created a position called Director of Decision Sciences for Sig Mejdal. GM Jeff Luhnow is an extremely intelligent baseball man so I’m not going to question him and I don’t think I could do the position any justice by trying to explain it.
So the five paragraph introduction is basically is to say that I think something interesting could be done in a front office to help a GM with difficult decisions. Two men would be responsible for filling the positions of “Assistant GM and VP of Pitching Consultation” and “Assistant GM and VP of Position Player Consultation.”
Don’t those just roll of the tongue?