Didn’t want to start a new post just yet, but wanted to top this one with some information about today’s actual GM meetings. It sounds like there wasn’t much more going on in the room than was going on in the lobby.
Major League Baseball’s vice president of baseball operations, Jimmie Lee Solomon, just briefed the media on what was discussed during the morning and afternoon meetings. Remember that most of this is only discussion and idea gathering, no changes can be made without running ideas and proposals through the front office.
• Instant replay. Surprisingly, not a huge topic. Solomon said the GMs were given a report about instant replay, but the report generated very little conversation and very few questions. Remember that this was the first full year of instant replay in baseball. “I think we need to digest what we’ve got,” Solomon said.
• Draft order. There was a discussion about changing the draft order to reflect not only the regular season standings but also the postseason. Basically, the GMs talked about the World Series winner drafting last, the runner-up drafting next-to-last, and so on. This would only affect the last few spots in the draft. There was no discussion of a worldwide draft, of trading draft picks, a forced slotting system or changing the way compensation picks are awarded.
• Umpires. Sounds like everything about umpires was discussed. “I think Commissioner Selig is going to look at the entire umpire structure and he’s going to seek ways to enhance the entire structure,” Solomon said.
• Arizona Fall League. Right now it’s primarily for players Double-A and higher. The GMs talked about changing that to allow more young players into the league.
Again, nothing changed today, this just gives you an idea of some of the things the general managers are thinking and talking about. We’re about to have access to a bunch of GMs in about 30 minutes, so I’m hoping to have some more updates later this afternoon.
Mark Teixeira and Derek Jeter were among the American League Gold Glove award winners announced this afternoon.
The complete list:
C Joe Mauer
1B Mark Teixeira
2B Placido Polanco
3B Evan Longoria
SS Derek Jeter
OF Torii Hunter
OF Ichiro Suzuki
OF Adam Jones
P Mark Buehrle