Geoff Baker covers the Mariners for The Seattle Times. He provides daily coverage of the team throughout spring training, and during the season.
August 8, 2008 3:56 PM
Posted by Geoff Baker
No, not as a general manager. But Bill Bavasi is going to be a special assistant to GM Walt Jockety with the Reds. This does not surprise me. Many former GMs get hired around the game. The Mariners had one in Dan Evans before he left to become a head honcho with a scouting firm. The first GM I ever covered, Gord Ash, was run out of Toronto in similar fashion to Bavasi this year. But Ash has thrived as an assistant GM with the Miwaukee Brewers for several years now.
Not every baseball executvie is cut out to succeed as a GM. But that does not make them any less of an executive. Bavasi is respected around the game for his time put in when it comes to scouting and development. And don't forget. Hire him and eventually, you might get to bring over some of the people who used to work for him in Seattle. Been known to happen. There are a number of top people in this organization, Bob Fontaine being one of them. I'm not speculating about anything. Just saying stuff happens.
Bavasi had been in this game too long to be jobless for any length of time. Here's to wishing him best of luck.