Wednesday, September 24, 2008

MAJOR ANNOUCEMENT ABOUT JT SNOW

As reported by Andy Baggarly, the Giants are poised to make a major announcement concerning JT Snow at 6 PM today. As noted, only Brian Sabean will be at the press conference. Tim Kawakami also opines on what this means in his blog as well. There is nothing currently on sfgiants.com regarding this.

I think both their speculations make some logical sense. If Snow was taking an on-field job, then Bruce Bochy would be there. But with Sabean making the announcement, it must have something to do with what Sabean controls as GM, and nothing much with Snow's current trio of roles as broadcaster, coach, or special assistant to Brian Sabean (well, maybe tangentially that but there is no MAJOR growth that can come out of this position). With the PR department using an ALL CAPS headline, presumably this position is very significant, and not some community-rep or other non-decision-making job.

Baggarly throws out there the thought that perhaps it would be naming Snow as the new manager of the Giants, but notes that this is something that would be more likely to happen after Bill Neukom takes over, not slightly before. Yeah, I agree, not a move that should happen without Neukom and it would happen after he takes over, not before, unless, that is, he wants it done as part of the Magowan era, kind of like how Epstein quit the Red Sox for a while when they got rid of some popular player or something, then miraculously became GM again right afterward.

Kawakami goes a bit more speculative, saying that since Larry Baer isn't there, perhaps Sabean is taking on some of Baer's duties while Snow takes over Sabean's duties, leaving Neukom at top, Sabean/Baer next level, then Snow/Barr the next level. I don't see that happening without Neukom there to oversee the proceedings, too big a change without him and Magowan there.

A logical growth from his current position would be becoming a senior advisor like McCovey, but he's too young I think to take on that type of role plus that would lessen Willie Mac's role publicly being "paired" with Snow. Same goes for being Special Assistant to the GM like Felipe Alou, which is on the GM side of the house.

Looking over the various titles and people in those roles, my wild guess on this is that Snow is being named Director of Player Development. Stanley just got that job last year from Jack Hiatt, when Jack retired, but it says that he has 41 years of professional baseball experience, this being his 42nd, making him at least 60 years old and perhaps as much as 63 years old. He could have a multitude of reasons to leave - family (son and daughter), health perhaps (not saying he has something, just that it could be that at his age) - and obviously Snow has some interest in player personnel issues since he was assistant to Brian Sabean and not to Peter Magowan or anyone else.

Nothing else would warrant an ALL CAP headline, though I do recall some announcement this year getting the big PR push and it was not really much of anything. But still, if Brian Sabean is going to be in the press conference, that has to be a pretty significant move somewhere in his department as GM, else he could sent up Tidrow, Barr, or Evans to make the announcement with Snow instead. This role must be something where Snow is reporting in to Sabean, and the role should be significant enough to warrant a press conference, else it would have been quietly announced like all the additions to the Player Personnel area the last couple of years when Barr, Siegle, Schueler, Creech joined the Giants.

Then again, when Stanley took over for Hiatt, that didn't warrant a press conference either.

The only other position worthy of a press conference would be if JT Snow took over as Director of Player Personnel from Bobby Evans, who, if he's not in the press conference, is moving on to another position somewhere else. Another thought is that perhaps the additional duties Evans took on that were more baseball related than operations related (when Colletti bolted) either didn't appeal to him or he didn't do well there, and they are having Snow join in an equivalent position to Evans where he would be the book-end to Evans, taking on the baseball talent evaluation related duties (assuming he has any). Even then, Evans didn't get a press conference when he was named to this position.

6 comments:

  1. He's signing a 1-day contract, taking the field at first in uniform and then coming off after an ovation.

    Kinda cheesy if you ask me.

    http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/blogs/sfgate/detail?blogid=22&entry_id=30722

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  2. Thanks! Much appreciated!

    I don't believe it!!! I guess this will rank up there with that other announcement I was referring to where they made a big deal and it was nothing (wish I could remember that).

    Kinda cheesy? Yes, very cheesy but I'm OK with cheesy, heart-warming, romanticized things like this. This is baseball, this I don't mind.

    How about a couple of years too late?

    I could understand doing this say in 2006, the last time he played in the majors, or even 2007, though with the good bye for Bonds, I guess it was smart to skip 2007.

    I guess he was still hoping to come back in 2007, but then there was no interest, so he joined the Giants, but then there was the Bonds good bye in 2007 and how do you compete with that.

    Still, a couple of years too late, should have done that in 2006 or perhaps the first day of the 2008season, now it just seems kind of out of place.

    But it is a good marketing ploy, gets a lot of old Giants fans wanting to come out and give Snow a great good-bye and mutual hug of appreciation.

    I've always felt that Snow was underappreciated by a lot of Giants fans (though by none of the females in the fan base :^) during his AT&T years. He was greatly affected by the AT&T lefty curse for batters not named Barry Bonds, but was still an effective hitter on the road during those years until his last season with us. Plus he played superlative defense for us too and got on base like gangbusters at the end, much like how Willie Mays did it at the end of his career.

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  3. I was thinking about this when an old saying popped in my mind: fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me.

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  4. Yeah, totally agree about it feeling out of place.

    I've been trying to think of another team that's done something similar like this, have any memories? I couldn't come up with anyone.

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  5. Also, $2,100 for a days work isn't too shabby.

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  6. Cannot recall another team doing this, other than football teams, specifically the Niners and their greats who moved on. But it would have happened at the start of the season, not at the end, and soon after retirement, not essentially two years later.

    Yes, I wouldn't mind making $2,100 per work day either, but that's pocket change for a long-time major leaguer like Snow.

    However, on second thought, probably a tidy sum compared to what he is making with all his odd jobs he is doing for the Giants right now, broadcaster, coach, special assistant to Sabean.

    I would suspect that his wife is in line for a nice piece of jewelry or an expensive purse, or something...

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