Originally Posted by TaylorStSox
Yesterday Hahn said that KW wanted to rebuild for the last few years. Let's not pretend that KW doesn't have a huge hand in the make up of this team.
I never understood the KW hate.
I agree with what you're saying. I think KW did a fantastic job in putting together a pennant contending team for several years in the mid-2000s. He pulled off some great trades for this team.
But, just because a team isn't in "rebuild" mode doesn't mean they have no choice but to let the farm system go to pot. IMO, a lot of the problems the Sox are now trying to dig themselves out of today is because of their failure to develop much in the way of homegrown talent. This goes back to the early 2000s to the beginning of KW's tenure as GM and it finally caught up with the team in the last few years. This is my biggest complaint of the KW era.
That being said, I don't believe this failure to develop talent is necessarily KW's fault. He works for a boss who apparently didn't believe in putting money into drafting, scouting, etc.