Originally Posted by Brian26
Pretty much right on.
For the teams that he had assembled in the early to mid 2000s, he had the talent ready to win a World Series, so he shot from the hip and made some big moves to win. I appreciated that as a fan after living through the Scott Ruffcorn era.
He was close to doing the rebuild before the 2011 season but decided to give it one more try to Dunn, PK and AJ. Didn't work, so God Bless the front office. Hopefully things get back on track in a couple of years to the point where they can talk about making a big splash at the trade deadline to get that final missing piece.
The whole thing is cyclical, as it should be. I don't think anyone hates Kenny, but the Robbie Alomar or Carl Everett jokes are lame. Everett actually was a great pickup both times. Alomar somewhat fell off a cliff, but it beat the hell out of D'Angelo Jiminez getting caught sleeping on the basepaths.
I agree. He's still the president of the team, though what the dynamics are of that position as it relates upstairs to Reinsdorf and, uhh, downstairs (?) to Hahn I do not know. It seems to me he didn't want to leave the team or organization completely (as it could be a job for life, in whatever capacity, or at least as long as Jerry Reinsdorf is owner), but didn't want to deal with the day-to-day stresses of being a GM, that it was affecting both his physical and mental health. I hold no ill will towards KW, even if I don't like how the team was handled in the last 5 or 6 years. And I'm cautiously optimistic of Hahn thus far.