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DiPoto expected to be named new Nats GM

Posted on: August 19, 2009 10:55 am
Edited on: August 19, 2009 2:04 pm
 
The Nationals appear to have chosen Diamondbacks executive Jerry DiPoto as their new general manager.

DiPoto has told friends in Arizona that he plans to accept the job, which opened when Jim Bowden resigned under pressure this spring. Mike Rizzo has been serving as acting general manager, and Rizzo was one of three final candidates for the job, along with DiPoto and Red Sox assistant Jed Hoyer, according to sources.

It's not certain how soon the Nationals intend to finalize their deal with DiPoto, or how soon he would be announced as the new GM.

"[DiPoto] will be a heck of a pick, but what hasn't [Rizzo] done to earn the opportunity to stay?" said one National League executive who knows both men.

The 41-year-old Dipoto, who pitched in the major leagues for eight seasons, has spent the last four years in the Diamondbacks front office, most recently as vice president, player personnel. He came close to getting the Mariners GM job last winter, apparently losing out after telling the M's he wanted to bring Pat Gillick in as a consultant.

"He has great people skills," said one person who knows DiPoto. "He has everything you look for in a manager of people. And he has a great feel for the game. He's a solid evaluator. He also has a charismatic personality that you just can't walk away from -- and it's real, unlike some in this game."

The Nationals decision was reported earlier by Yahoo Sports.




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Since: Jun 12, 2009
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DiPoto expected to be named new Nats GM

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Since: Nov 11, 2007
Posted on: August 20, 2009 12:01 pm
 

DiPoto expected to be named new Nats GM

Guess I should have expected this from a hump like Knobler.  Great in-depth reporting on this one.  Who were DiPoto's "friends"?  The guy working the drive-thru at Taco Bell? 

I am glad that Kasten came to his senses and gave Rizzo the job.  He has been stellar since taking over for the Bowden mistake.  The Nats are getting better, dare I say .500 for next year?  Maybe not just yet.


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