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Best and worst GM performances in 2017

With little more than a month remaining Braydon Coburn Youth Jersey in the 2017 season, there isn't much left for most front offices to do but root for the players they've acquired to play well. Although we might still see a last-minute trade or waiver claim, teams in October will be mostly comprised of what they have on hand right now. Although contenders are not built in a single year, some general managers/team presidents -- the latter term is effectively still what the GM used to be in many organizations -- have done more than their fair share in helping guide their teams to the playoffs this season. We'll look at those executives http://www.officiallightningproshop.com/Braydon_Coburn_Jersey who deserve the most recognition (or blame) for putting their organizations on their current paths. This isn't the same thing as evaluating the total career of everyone currently employed at the top of a baseball operations department. There are many successful organizations not represented here who did most of their heavy lifting in prior years and did not need to make big moves to win in 2017. But for this list, what was done in previous years is not under our purview. We want to acknowledge those who moved the needle the most for their teams over the past 12 months -- although, as Authentic Julius KJ McDaniels Youth Jersey the guys on the negative side of things might attest, sometimes the needle ends up pointing the wrong way. The Brewers weren't supposed to be good this year, but thanks to a series of shrewd moves by Stearns and the rest of his front office, Milwaukee's rebuild skipped a few steps in 2017. The organization's decision to not bottom out and play for high draft picks paid big dividends, as they plucked a number of valuable contributors from other teams' rosters. Most notably, they acquired third baseman Travis Shaw from the Red Sox and have watched him blossom into a quality cleanup hitter. Getting him for Tyler Thornburg, a reliever with a history of arm problems -- who has missed the entire season with more arm problems -- looked like a great move at the time and only looks better with the benefit of hindsight. It's the morning of Thursday, Aug. 24. The Chicago Cubs are more http://www.authenticnetstore.com/Kj_Mcdaniels_Jersey than nine hours from taking the field for the finale of their three-game series against the Reds. In a hotel suite high above downtown Cincinnati, Joe Maddon -- dressed in an orange pullover, with a pencil and his morning coffee sitting next to him and light music playing in the background -- sits down at a conference table and pulls open the program Good Notes on his iPad to produce his lineup for the night ahead. For a man who has concocted 112 different batting orders this season (excluding pitchers), the game-day ritual is not a quick exercise -- though Charles Oakley Womens Jersey the information available to Maddon streamlines a process that used to take "four-five hours" for managers when he was a bench coach. Maddon invited ESPN.com to his room to watch the lineup-building process unfold. "Today's lineup actually starts the day before," Maddon begins. "On the right side here [pointing to his iPad, where Wednesday's lineup is written on the left side], I'll write down who's going to play the next day." The day before, Maddon fills out a grid of his starting nine, without a batting order, on the right-hand side of the iPad. In this case, he left question marks at third base, as Kris Bryant was injured in the first game of the series and Maddon wasn't sure if he would play in the finale. He color coded different sections on the page; these names are in white. For Thursday's game, Maddon wrote in the names Schwarber, Happ and Heyward across the outfield. Then he put a question mark at third base, followed by Baez, Zo (Zobrist) and Rizzo in the infield and Rivera behind the plate. This information is given to first-base coach Brandon Hyde and bench coach Dave Martinez after Wednesday's game, so players know if they're starting the next day. Where they bat isn't decided by Maddon until now, Thursday http://www.knicksstoreonline.com/Charles_Oakley_Jersey morning. The Cubs are facing rookie righty Sal Romano, who has never pitched against them. Maddon begins writing down the above names, using different colors. He starts at the top of the lineup. "Zobrist is a switch-hitter, so he goes in red," Maddon says. "Among all these guys, because Jon Jay is not in there, he has the best ability to see a pitch, work an at-bat, etc. Plus, it starts this back and forth [lefty/righty] that I like. So Schwarber is next in blue because he's a lefty. Black is right-handed, so then comes Bryant." Maddon writes Rizzo's name in the cleanup spot but then jumps down to Heyward batting seventh. "I like Heyward in the 7-hole. He's been really productive," Maddon says.

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