Oppenheimer among the game’s best GM candidates


When we think of prospects, we usually think about players and minor leaguers. Of course, field personnel and front office executives can be considered prospects as well, for coaching and managerial positions. Will Carroll ran down a list of the ten best GM candidates in the game (sub. req’d), one of whom is Yankees’ scouting director Damon Oppenheimer.

“There’s really nothing left for Oppenheimer to prove with the Yankees,” said Carroll. “His staff has developed players who have come through and have been traded out. There’s the advantage of the big pockets, but with those big pockets comes big scrutiny … Since it doesn’t appear Brian Cashman is going anywhere soon—Cashman is younger than Oppenheimer—it appears that Oppenheimer will have to move on to get his shot, unless the Yankees pay GM-like money to keep him in place.”

I don’t know when Oppenheimer’s contract runs out, but teams will almost never block someone from making an upward move. I also don’t know who would replace him, but I imagine it would be someone from within. It’s never a bad thing when your top level executives are mentioned among the best GM candidates in the game, I do know that much.

Categories : Asides, Front Office
  • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK’s Mystique and Aura

    Would Billy Eppler take over amateur scouting in the event Oppenheimer left? That would open the door for Michael Fishman to take over Eppler’s position. Or they could call up one of their directors of regional scouting, too.

    No way to really tell.

    • http://www.richardiurilli.com Richard Iurilli

      Who is Michael Fishman?

      • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK’s Mystique and Aura

        He’s their director of quantitative analysis.

        • Tom Swift

          You know you are a geek when you know the name of the director of quantitative analysis.

  • Rose

    I also don’t know who would replace him, but I imagine it would be someone from within.

    How mad would everyone be here if it were me lol

    I did interview for the Director of Marketing for the Los Angeles Dodgers before!! haha

    • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK’s Mystique and Aura

      Considering how well you do with PR on this site, I’m kind of shocked you didn’t get the job.

      McCourt could have saved quite a bit of coin hiring you.

  • A.D.

    Figure with the Yankees willing to use their financial muscle almost everywhere else in the game, they might offer Opp GM-ish money to stay if that would work.

  • Ross in Jersey

    And the Yankees signed Kevin Towers in the offseason too? What the hell Yankees, does it feel good to buy a Front Office every year? Try getting some home grown talent once in awhile, geez. Bad for baseball.

    • jsbrendog (returns)


  • Carlosologoist in Humid Ass Colombia

    I wouldn´t be opposed to seeing Opp move across the river to Queens once Omar gets the boot. Maybe he could inject some intelligence into that FO.

    • jsbrendog (returns)

      it would only be good for new york to have the mets be good.

    • http://yanksgoyard.com Andy_C_23

      Why would you wish that upon someone?

      • Carlosologoist in Humid Ass Colombia

        It would make the NL East more of a crapshoot?

        • http://yanksgoyard.com Andy_C_23

          Hoping someone goes to the Mets is cruel. Plus, fuck the Mets. I wish nothing but misfortune for that team.

          To each his own, I guess.

          • Carlosologoist in Humid Ass Colombia

            I have a father who is a Yankees fan and a mother who is a Mets fan. I´ve grown up neutral.

            • http://yanksgoyard.com Andy_C_23

              Fair enough.

  • Sweet Lou

    Not sure if it’s the same situation but Steinbrenner blocked Gene Michael from going to the Red Sox before they hired Theo.

    • jsbrendog (returns)

      ok, no one but big stein would block someone’s upward movement

      • Sweet Lou

        I think Michael got paid GM money working as a special advisor to Steinbrenner.

    • nsalem

      Maybe has an opp-out clause.

    • A.D.

      Sox is a bit of a different situation, I imagine the Yanks would block any exec they thought highly about from going to the Sox.

  • Stryker

    as much as i want oppenheimer to succeed it would suck to see him go.