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RIP Syd Thrift

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by MJHRVA, Sep 19, 2006.


    MJHRVA Member

  2. Freelance Hack

    Freelance Hack Active Member

    RIP to the brains behind the Pirates last good seasons.
  3. shotglass

    shotglass Guest

    History will treat him better than he was treated in the here-and-now. Great baseball mind.

  4. Trey Beamon

    Trey Beamon Active Member

    I whine quite a bit about the 1992 NLCS, but if not for Syd Thrift, that early 90s run never would have occurred. Considering where the team was around 1985-86, the man is forever a genius in my book...RIP.

    Nice read from Ron Cook...

  5. Oz

    Oz Active Member

    No doubt about that. And thanks for the Ron Cook link. Very well done.
  6. Cape_Fear

    Cape_Fear Active Member

    "The Game According to Syd" should be required reading for any baseball GM trying to build a team by using the minor league system.
  7. lantaur

    lantaur Active Member

    Helped build the Pirates and topple the Orioles.
  8. Trey Beamon

    Trey Beamon Active Member

    "The Game According to Syd is probably a great book, but more importantly, it's the perfect size to prop up a short kitchen table leg." -- David Littlefield, Pittsburgh
  9. Gold

    Gold Active Member

    It was a very good book. I don't agree with everything in it and some of it is showing off how smart Thrift is, but it had a lot of good ideas and was very thought provoking.
  10. Guy_Incognito

    Guy_Incognito Well-Known Member

    I loved that Pirates team, for a while they were the NL team I rooted for - Bonds, Bonilla & personal favorites like Van Slyke, Lavalierre, Brian Fisher, Drabek, Rhoden etc.

  11. Smasher_Sloan

    Smasher_Sloan Active Member

    Thrift did a great job in Pittsburgh, but he also did it in a different era. In 1988, payrolls ranged from the Yankees' high of $18.9 million to the White Sox low of $5.9 million.
  12. wickedwritah

    wickedwritah Guest

    What? You mean Ted Simmons wasn't the genius behind that bunch?

    Carry on.

    (P.S. Syd was doomed by a moronic owner in Baltimore. Anyone who wants to toss more than 20 percent of the blame toward the GM in that case doesn't know how much of a tool Angelos is.)
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