Update on Jan. 4th, 2012
Joe Strauss reports the hiring is official. Dan Kantrovitz (get used to spelling that) is the new Director of Amateur Scouting. If there was a candidate who, on paper, should make you feel like they will be able to replace Luhnow, this is him. As so often is the case, it will be years before we get a good feel for how effective he’ll really be.
Now to see how blog friendly he is . . .
Originally Published on Dec. 22, 2011
I had intended to do a write up about Luhnow and possible successors but for various reasons decided it wasn’t in my (or Future Redbirds) best interest to just crown anyone or leave anyone off a list.The short version is that I was always extremely impressed with Jeff Luhnow. I found him to be very intelligent, generous with his time and sincere in his open-mindedness when it came to “new media”. To characterize the Cardinals success as just Jeff would be inaccurate, and I think he’d be the first to tell you.
Jeff helped to build a better process and install the right people in the right places to succeed. He was fundamental (along with support from his boss) in re-orienting the structure and way the scouting department did things. Additionally, he was very much a believer in incorporating statistics something that the Cardinals organization embraced a little more strongly after his arrival.
Luhnow embodied what the organization became but he was not the organization itself. That involved a lot of smart people and a lot of those smart people are still in the organization that Luhnow helped to build. In short, Jeff was important but neither infallible nor irreplaceable. And I hope none of that is construed as a slight toward Luhnow who, again, I have the utmost respect for.
Today, Keith Law name dropped Dan Kantrovitz as a possible successor. He’s in the family, so to speak, but is with the Athletics right now. Here’s a pair of articles that you might find interesting: The Crimson, LaptopMag. Also, for those of you who follow The Book Blog with former Cardinal consultant and UZR creator Mitchel Lichtman (mgl), he seems to approve of Dan (in a very general way).
Have a happy holidays. Jeff and I will be putting together the 2012 FR top 20 shortly. I think I’ll have a few more posts in me before the new year as well.