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DODGERS HIRE HUNSICKER

LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Dodgers today hired Gerry Hunsicker as Senior Advisor, Baseball Operations. Dodger General Manager Ned Colletti made the announcement.

“Gerry brings a wealth of senior level experience and knowledge that will assist baseball operations at all levels,” said Colletti.

Hunsicker will assist Colletti and President and CEO Stan Kasten with the Dodgers’ big league club while also lending his expertise to international scouting and development, pro scouting and minor league development. The 2013 season will be the Houston resident’s 35th in Major League Baseball.

Hunsicker previously served as the Tampa Bay Ray’s Senior Vice President, Baseball Operations, a position he held since November 2005. Hunsicker was part of principal owner Stuart Sternberg’s new management group and was a key figure in reshaping their baseball operations into the successful department it is today. With the Rays, Hunsicker was instrumental in helping to create significant presence in Venezuela, the Dominican Republic, Colombia and Brazil. In 2009, he also oversaw the Rays expanded efforts in Asia and Europe.

Hunsicker began his career in baseball in 1978 and his experience spans four decades, including nine seasons as Astros General Manager from 1996-2004. Under Hunsicker, Houston posted the sixth-best winning percentage in the Majors during that period (.544, 793-665), set a franchise record with 102 wins in 1998 and reached the postseason five times in nine seasons. Hunsicker was named Sporting News Executive of the Year in 1998 and the core he assembled of Craig Biggio, Jeff Bagwell, Lance Berkman, Brad Ausmus, Roy Oswalt, Andy Pettitte and Roger Clemens won a National League title before falling to the White Sox in the 2005 Fall Classic. He also spent seven seasons in the New York Mets organization as Director of Minor League Operations (1989-90), Director of Baseball Operations (1991) and Assistant Vice President of Baseball Operations (1992-95).

The Collegeville, PA, native received his bachelor’s degree from St. Joseph’s University, where he played baseball and was named to the All-Mid-Atlantic Conference team. He holds an M.S. in management from Florida International University and also served as the school’s Assistant Athletic Director and Assistant Baseball Coach from 1975-78. Hunsicker has been honored with inductions into the St. Joseph’s Athletic Hall of Fame and the Texas Baseball Hall of Fame and also received the Torch Award of FIU, which recognizes distinguished alumni from the university.

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12 Responses to “DODGERS HIRE HUNSICKER”

  1. ross says:

    Terrific addition…..an organization cannot have enough legitimate talent in leadership positions

  2. Brooklyn Dodger says:

    If the Dodgers are interested in James Sheilds and David Price, who better to hire than a former Tampa Bay exec? Given Hunsicker’s experience in the international market, this is clearly another example of our ownership’s committment to re-build the Dodger farm system, with a heavy emphasis on the development of international talent.

    Take note B17. And read what I wrote at the end of the previous thread.

    Ross, you’re probably right. Sounds like a “terrific addition” to me also.

    • Mark_Timmons says:

      Tampa Bay may also be pissed they lost him and refuse to deal with the Dodgers too…

      Hunsicker is 61, so he probably has 10 good years left with the Dodgers.

      I\’m going to get Logan\’s take on this.

  3. Gionfriddo says:

    Ross, you are spot on, great hire by Kasten & Co.. 35 yrs in MLB
    – and success to boot to go along with all those years..

  4. Mark_Timmons says:

    Here is a statement from Rays executive VP Andrew Friedman on Hunsicker:

    \”I have worked side by side with Gerry for the past seven years, and I am extremely grateful for all he has done for me and the Rays organization. He has been instrumental in the growth and development of our department, and I am proud of the successes we have enjoyed together. We will miss his contributions and presence, and we wish him well in his new role in Los Angeles.\”

    Who knows what the translation is. May be he meant it?

    • Badger says:

      Sounds like it’s the truth, so he meant it.

      But there also may be more to it.

      Hey, the guy got a better offer. That’s bidness.

  5. ken says:

    Great news.

    A varied background in College, Minors, MLB, International, etc., should help significantly with the long range plan to build from within.

  6. Gonzo says:

    So Hunsicker is going to be White’s an Watson’s new boss? How does Logan feel about it? It looks that what was turning out to be a career destined to be a GM has slowed down. Not that it sucks for the Dodgers but don’t to many chefs spoil the broth?

    Any news on that japanese kid? When does he have to let his intentions known?

  7. Bobby says:

    Go Cards; knock SF out today!!

  8. Brooklyn Dodger says:

    “Tampa Bay may also be pissed they lost him and refuse to deal with the Dodgers too…”

    Mark, maybe you know something I don’t (probably do). But I can’t imagine that Tampa Bay would be “pissed” over someone moving on because they got a better offer. It’s done all the time in baseball. And, if Hunsicker was in mid-contract, I believe the Dodgers would have had to ask Tampa Bay’s permission to speak with him.

    Also, from a purely “bidness” (to quote Badger) point of view, I can’t imagine that Tampa Bay would even consider refusing to deal with the Dodgers if it’s in their own best interests to do so. And it would be if the Dodgers were willing to take any onerous contracts off their hands, and include talent as well.

    And finally, I’m certain that Kasten and Colletti are fully aware of the rules of the road, and understand baseball etiquette. Seems inconceivable that they would do anything to overtly piss off another team, unless they’ve just both gone mad.

  9. Badger says:

    Gonzo.. the last thing I read about Otani (Oct 12) said three teams, maybe four, will be bidding for him. The thing that bothers me is, simply, an 18 year old kid from a culture so dissimilar to ours, might have a difficult time being that far from home. And there seems to be some other issues that might cause him to just stay home.

    http://www.cbssports.com/mlb/blog/mlb-rumors/20552694/report:-multiple-teams-meet-with-japanese-prodigy-shohei-otani

    It will get interesting. The Red Sox have the money now, that’s for sure.

  10. Brooklyn Dodger says:

    The $2.9 million spending limit will also be a factor. I don’ remember all the rules, but I believe the penalties involve more than a tax. I also think going over the limit may involve penalties that limit the size of bonuses that can be handed out to other players. No team is likely to spend the entire $2.9 million on Otani, but may still offer enough that they would be limiting their ability to sign other players. I’m guessing that Otani would have to be really good for teams to pass up their ability to sign multiple other players. Teams probably have to consider Otani’s potential vs. the potential they see in the amateur talent available.

    I don’t have an opinion, since I know nothing about Otani or any of the other players available on the international market, other than what I read.

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