köpa Zyvox på kreta köpa Lexapro patong kan man köpa Cardizem på apoteket dosering Rumalaya k köpa Bonnispaz på nätet säkert köpa blå Triamcinolone köpa Valtrex i grekland Altace duo leverans Coreg dosering första gången Evecare dosering vuxen Dilantin pris gatan köpa Trental på internet generisk Risperdal snabb leverans köpa Slim Tea i butik bra ställe o köpa Zyloprim olagligt att beställa Lisinopril generisk Alavert i sverige Fucidin snabbast leverans Voveran gel pris apoteket Nizoral dos nervositet beställa Torsemide 2012 generisk Keftab snabb leverans köpa Coumadin danmark billig Nizagara sverige köpa Lioresal barcelona sänkt pris Topamax köpa Skelaxin i bulgarien köpa Prazosin kroatien generisk Cardizem biverkningar vart kan man köpa Etodolac online fungerar generisk Speman köpa Luvox i kina kan man köpa Atorlip-5 på nätet köpa Omnicef estland Ophthacare pris i sverige NPXL oral lösning pris lagligt köpa Minomycin köpa Zoloft köpenhamn köpa Aristocort alanya var kan man köpa Ampicillin beställa Atrovent 2012 Famvir gel pris apoteket hur stor dos Femcare ska man ta var köper man Valtrex utan recept lagligt att beställa Furosemide köpa Vasodilan gel köpa Mycelex-g turkiet var köpa Mestinon billigt kan man köpa Benemid i usa Vermox oral jelly billig Micronase dödlig dos olagligt att beställa Estrace köpa Xeloda i filippinerna generisk Zovirax sverige köpa Prednisolone thailand var kan man köpa äkta Keppra generisk Prazosin i sverige kan man köpa Remeron på nätet lägsta pris Depakote köpa Lincocin i stockholm Entocort tabletter pris sverige Methotrexate och träning dosering Lisinopril bästa pris Terramycin dosering halsfluss köpa Bupropion online köpa Finax original dosering Clozaril k beställa Diarex inrikes hur köpa Cozaar köpa generisk Mobic köpa Moduretic online beställa Nizagara på nätet flashback köpa Minocin flashback Proventil pris apotek sverige kan man köpa Mentat i spanien sänkt pris Tamoxifen köpa Carafate i sverige forum Erexor dödlig dos köpa Tetracycline apotek köpa Antabuse postförskott dosering Cozaar k köpa Prograf i sverige Motrin bästa pris Avapro strömställare pris lägre pris på Toprol beställa Xeloda från thailand köpa Cleocin apoteket Elimite på nätet utan recept var kan man beställa Effexor pris på Imdur i sverige var kan man köpa Claritin duo köpa Nizoral i sverige vad kan man köpa Proventil tips köpa Toradol kan man köpa Apcalis i england Lasuna billig köpa Meclizine för män Calcium Carbonate pfizer köpa var köper man billig Luvox köpa Tamoxifen i filippinerna är det lagligt att köpa Torsemide på nätet beställa Cephalexin är det lagligt att köpa Benzac på nätet kan man köpa Famvir på mallorca köpa billigt Pilex Kemadrin hur stor dos Bactrim nervositet dosering köpa Singulair tabletter eljo Purim uttag pris köpa Maxalt amsterdam billig Dutas snabb leverans kan man köpa Trental på apoteket köpa Synthroid mot postförskott dosering Trileptal k köpa Malegra amsterdam Lasix pris på apoteket köpa jord Olanzapine köpa Dutas amsterdam Diabecon kräm köpa Fincar dos nervositet köpa Liponexol 400 mg köpa Rogaine 5 på rhodos köpa Fertomid i amsterdam köpa Atorlip-20 i tyskland köpa Avalide köpenhamn Saw Palmetto dosering ångest Detrol utan recept i sverige köpa Finax på internet köpa Neurontin olagligt Bonnispaz gel pris apoteket beställa Sildalis utomlands beställa Avalide från sverige för hög dos Prinivil köpa Aldara online 2012 köp Grifulvin V snabb leverans behöver man recept för Hoodia är det recept på Alesse snabb leverans av Suprax beställa Indocin från sverige bästa pris på Augmentin köpa Bentyl orifarm Reminyl turkiet pris köpa Myambutol i grekland köpa Nitrofurantoin för tjejer var beställa Chloramphenicol köpa generisk Protonix kan man köpa Liv 52 på mallorca köpa Prilosec mot faktura köpa Premarin utan recept Venlor dosering lunginflammation köpa Betnovate på gran canaria Eurax jelly köpa köpa Actos oslo köpa Duphalac oral jelly apoteket hjärtat Finax pris kan man köpa Atorlip-5 receptfritt är det olagligt att köpa Hytrin köpa Lasix receptfritt köpa Anafranil i prag hur köpa Benzac Arimidex oral lösning dosering vad kostar Flexisyn med recept lagligt beställa Wellbutrin beställa Tenormin lagligt var köpa Coumadin billigt Ranitidine 100 billig kan man köpa Lipothin i sverige att köpa Plavix i sverige Claritin vägguttag pris köpa Clarina på kanarieöarna vart ska man köpa Finpecia vart kan man köpa Bactrim kan man köpa Betnovate på mallorca beställa Hytrin utomlands var kan man köpa Bentyl kan man köpa Danazol i kroatien köpa Fertomid rhodos köpa Propranolol i filippinerna Azulfidine på apoteket pris är det olagligt att beställa Hydrea beställa Carbozyne på nätet pris Biaxin på apoteket Serpina pris apotek sverige pris på Shatavari med recept för hög dos Cabgolin skillnad mellan generisk Valtrex köpa Gyne-lotrimin flashback 2014 var kan man köpa Himcolin säkert var kan man köpa NPXL säkert jag vill köpa Noroxin köpa Keflex sverige 2012 var ska man köpa Tricor Ralista receptfritt pris beställa Lanoxin på nätet Robaxin generisk Robaxin skillnad Flomax eljo pris för hög dos Doxycycline generisk Evista snabb leverans dosering Imitrex till hund Deltasone låg dos snabb leverans av Clonidine köpa Plendil i bulgarien köpa Bonnispaz spanien köpa Isoptin i amsterdam Apcalis köpa online köpa Unisom på teneriffa köpa Clozaril spanien köpa Cozaar online billigt beställa Isoniazid Tretinoin gel pris apoteket köpa Tretinoin 400 mg beställa Zantac från thailand beställa Epivir-HBV inrikes köpa Lasix i filippinerna köpa Dramamine seriöst Chloromycetin sverige snabb leverans köpa Septilin i kroatien eljo Benzac bästa pris snabb leverans Erexor Decadron pris apotek sverige bästa sidan att köpa Yougara köpa Grifulvin V på nätet flashback kan man köpa Motrin på apotek köpa Calcium Carbonate stockholm Micardis dödlig dos vart kan jag köpa Arava kan man köpa Shuddha på mallorca är det recept på Paxil Dapoxetine snabb leverans köpa Renagel gran canaria köpa Beconase AQ sverige flashback apotekets pris på Dostinex kan man köpa Urispas på teneriffa köpa Ophthacare online 2013 hur köpa Singulair Amantadine strömställare pris Lioresal utan recept bra ställe att köpa Sominex lagligt att beställa Prazosin på nätet köpa Serevent utomlands beställa Clarinex från thailand eljo Zaditor uttag pris kan man köpa Shuddha i sverige var köper man Ashwagandha utan recept Unisom beställa pris Endep apotek hjärtat vad kostar Propecia på recept köpa Prednisone på gran canaria Vantin uttag pris är det olagligt att köpa Zyprexa köpa Sominex i danmark köpa Ampicillin på teneriffa hur får man Carafate på recept köpa Lotrisone på teneriffa köpa Valtrex i tallin pris på Aciclovir sverige beställa Isoptin på nätet flashback kan man köpa Endep i frankrike Omnicef att köpa Trental tabletter pris sverige recept för Aldara beställa Lozol för kvinnor köpa Aspirin i norge köpa Charboleps forum kan man köpa Ditropan på teneriffa köpa Trazodone på apoteket beställa Actoplus lagligt köpa Allopurinol i riga eljo Terramycin bästa pris Midamor pris på gatan köpa Cytoxan på gran canaria Unisom jelly snabb leverans köpa Furosemide på nätet lagligt Motrin pris på gatan bästa stället att köpa Levitra på säkra sidor att köpa Abilify dödlig dos Tadacip beställa Compazine 2012 Bystolic utan recept spanien Nitrofurantoin dosering sömn köpa billig Clarinex flytande Claritin dos billig Aygestin på nätet vad är generisk Lotensin köpa Allegra online 2012 Penegra köpa sverige köpa Minocycline patong köpa blå Trazodone vad är generisk Astelin köpa Actos sverige köpa Lanoxin i ryssland köpa Triamterene online 2013 kan man köpa Prazosin på teneriffa eljo Isoniazid pris vill du köpa Ashwagandha bästa pris Torsemide billig Accutane sverige kan man köpa FML Forte spanien Orlistat bästa pris köpa Bystolic i bulgarien säkra sidor att köpa Colospa apotekets pris på Betapace eljo Kytril bästa pris köpa Ranitidine säkert online köpa Digoxin grekland köpa Combivent i london kan man köpa Proscar i turkiet köpa Vantin online 2013 Flonase dos urinvägsinfektion köpa Lopid mot faktura köpa Pamelor i italien köpa Artane i barcelona köpa Panmycin på kanarieöarna lagligt att beställa Casodex kan man köpa Hyzaar i turkiet köpa jord Cleocin köpa Atorlip-10 i riga köpa Bystolic i phuket kan man köpa Lexapro på nätet var kan man köpa Risperdal receptfritt köpa Augmentin i ryssland köpa Avana barcelona vart beställa Plendil Prograf snabb leverans köpa Fluoxetine 100mg Prednisone flashback köpa köpa Singulair bangkok Amitriptyline dosering till hund eljo Doxycycline bästa pris säkra sidor att köpa Lisinopril är det farligt att köpa Renagel på nätet Synthroid jelly köpa kan man köpa Uroxatral i italien beställa Paxil till sverige pris på Yougara i sverige köpa Zyprexa i amsterdam Evecare flashback köpa köpa Cyklokapron i vietnam billig Chloramphenicol på nätet köpa Lady era internet var kan man köpa äkta Epivir-HBV Omnicef dos nervositet lägsta pris Torsemide köpa Ampicillin i bulgarien var köpa Flonase flashback köpa Flonase flashback 2015 beställa Clarinex online köpa Zoloft rhodos Trental 100 billig Venlor dosering urinvägsinfektion köpa Zyban på nätet lagligt Purim för kvinnor pris beställa container Atarax göteborg köpa Propecia på ica köpa Calcium Carbonate utan recept pris Compazine apotek hjärtat kan man köpa Skelaxin i spanien hur får man recept på Promethazine köpa Noroxin i tallinn kan man köpa Albendazole på apotek pris hyra container Duetact Glucovance turkiet pris köpa Actoplus på nätet lagligt vad kostar Trileptal på recept Unisom låg dos Seroquel recept pris Celebrex apotek hjärtat vem vill köpa Himcolin köpa Zyrtec phuket lägsta pris på Caverta köpa Unisom inom sverige köpa Lopressor lagligt på nätet köpa Mestinon i indien köpa Dulcolax i usa köpa Acticin usa köpa Slimex seriöst Seroflo utan recept i sverige köpa Ginseng säkert online köpa Avana i tyskland Aleve dosering migrän försäljning Antivert köpa billiga Amitriptyline är det recept på Yougara köpa Nolvadex på kreta köpa Himcolin i riga beställa container Lasuna göteborg beställa hem Cardizem pris på Avodart i sverige pris på Citalopram sverige kan man köpa Actos receptfritt generisk Lynoral sverige köpa Clomid 100mg Femcare dosering lunginflammation Zocor dosering migrän köpa Feldene phuket kan man köpa Biaxin på apotek köpa Erythromycin orifarm jag vill köpa Entocort köpa Pariet för tjejer Serevent oral lösning pris Bactroban plåster pris köpa Peni Large billigt Atrovent dosering ångest vad kostar Indocin på recept hur får man Tretinoin på recept pris Actoplus på apoteket köpa Tretinoin 20mg beställa Zyloprim olagligt beställa Zoloft på nätet Prometrium mot nervositet dos Alavert för kvinnor pris köpa Zovirax på teneriffa köpa Eulexin tjeckien kan man köpa Imitrex receptfritt på apoteket recept för Sumycin beställa hem Zestoretic köpa Doxazosin säkert online Cardura mot ångest dos hur stor dos Norvasc ska man ta köpa Buspar i estland beställa Nexium från sverige Zenegra på nätet utan recept köpa Baclofen i riga Nexium duo leverans köpa Keftab phuket Epivir-HBV gel recept köpa Uroxatral sverige 2012 köpa Propecia 100mg Septilin dos migrän köpa Lynoral online flashback flytande Colospa dos köpa Compazine billig köpa Ciplox i bangkok Vytorin snabb leverans beställa container Prednisone köpa Eurax alanya beställa Anacin på nätet lagligt köpa Prometrium i sverige pris på Cleocin apoteket kan man köpa Cymbalta i spanien köpa Minocin oral jelly köpa Lasuna säkert köpa Menosan 10mg beställa Himcolin inrikes var ska man köpa Aciphex köpa Tegretol super active kan man köpa Prinivil i tyskland är generisk Vytorin farligt köpa Tadacip billig Sinequan snabb leverans kan man köpa Florinef receptfritt i danmark köpa Rocaltrol i apoteket köpa Viramune på nätet flashback Amitriptyline dosering ångest köpa Panmycin på teneriffa kan man köpa Diltiazem i spanien köpa Silagra i tallin köpa Nolvadex 400 mg säker sida att köpa Avodart apoteket Zoloft gel pris kan man köpa Tenormin på mallorca Inderal nervositet dos generisk Entocort i sverige köpa Ampicillin i butik stockholm farligt köpa Dulcolax på nätet köp Hyzaar snabb leverans Ginseng var köpa beställa Levitra på faktura var kan man köpa Zocor på nätet Nitrofurantoin jelly snabb leverans beställa Glucophage från sverige kan man köpa Claritin i prag Clonidine dos migrän Betapace dosering till katt kan man köpa Saw Palmetto på apoteket utan recept köpa Reglan tallinn vart kan man köpa Paxil Procardia plåster pris köpa riktig Sildalis köpa Keftab i prag vågar man köpa Allegra på nätet pris på Ranitidine med recept dödlig dos Aricept beställa Seroquel för kvinnor Indocin och träning dosering kan man köpa Nolvadex i danmark köpa Ayurslim på nätet flashback bästa pris på Proventil var kan man köpa Dostinex duo kan man köpa Cytoxan i usa köpa Acticin på teneriffa köpa Eurax på rhodos sänkt pris på Cialis köpa Speman från turkiet Metformin utan recept i sverige beställa hem Betnovate är generisk 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Written by Maury Brown   
Tuesday, 11 September 2007 17:24

Tal SmithOne aspect of The Biz of Baseball that I've always enjoyed doing are the interviews we've published. Of all the feedback we get at the Business of Sports Network, it is the long list of Q&As with those that work in sports business that always garner the most interest with readers.

As we are close to the one-year anniversary of The Biz of Baseball's launch, we thought the idea of adding shorter interviews to the site would be appropriate with a series called, "5 Questions with..."

For our initial installment, we are fortunate to have Tal Smith, the President of Baseball Operations, and currently the Interim General Manager for the Houston Astros (read our extensive interview with Tal Smith prior).

With the recent dismissals of general manager Tim Purpura and manager Phil Garner, Smith, principle owner Drayton McLane, and consultant Bob McLaren have been working feverishly to fill those positions.

While the series is called "5 Questions with...", Tal Smith is always willing to expand on subjects, even if the interview is conducted in the wee hours of the morning, as this one was. Five questions turned out to be a touch more.

Look for more of this new series of interviews including Rob Neyer and Ken Rosenthal arriving shortly. --

Maury Brown
Founder and President
Business of Sports Network

(Select Read More to see 5 Questions with Tal Smith)

Maury Brown for The Biz of Baseball: It’s been reported that the Astros have received over three dozen inquires regarding the general manager vacancy. How much of your time has been devoted to the effort, and what is the process the organization is using to sift through so many leads?

Tal Smith: I’ve spent virtually all of my time on the process. Obviously, we field a lot of inquiries and do a lot of due diligence. The interview process is part of it, but I think it’s a minor part. Most of the process involves looking at the body of work that potential candidates have done, looking at their track record, talking to people they have worked with and worked for and so on. That’s much more meaningful than the interview. The interview gives you a sense of personality and style and whether this person is somebody you think you could work with; but frankly, we have done seven interviews and as I point out to people, every one of the candidates surprisingly has answered the question, “Do you want to become a champion?” They all answer affirmatively. When they are asked if they hate losing, they all say, “Yeah, I can’t sleep after I lose. I’m a winner.” When you ask about their wife – if they are married – they all say their wife is a great woman and fully supports them and she loves baseball. The candidates have all said they have a real passion for the game and for the Astros.

My point is, you have to do a lot of work behind the scenes and I think there are a lot of people that don’t fully understand the process.

You asked about 3 dozen applications … we have had some direct applications obviously; and we have had a lot of calls. Drayton McLane, our owner, and I each got calls from other people – agents, newspaper men, friends – other people in the game, recommending candidates. Frankly, when you start this process, I put together a list from my own memory which may not be entirely complete, but by my count there is something like 60 living ex-GM’s. Now, that includes people that are retired like Buzzi (Bavasi), Joe Brown and Lee MacPhail, that I presume are not really interested in coming back (laughter).

There are a lot of those 60 ex-GM’s that are working for clubs today as Assistant GM’s or are Scouting Special Assistants or Super Scouts; so you obviously have to take a look at that. Then you look at each organization; and each organization frankly should have two, three, or four people – Scouting Directors, Farm Director, Player Personnel Directors, Assistant GM’s – that all obviously have some experience and something to offer, and you sift that. You could well put together a list of 150 people to interview – and obviously you cannot do that. So, you take into consideration the compatibility, how you think they will fit, what you know about them … and I had somebody here [in Houston] the other day who said it seems like they (the Astros) are focusing on guys who only have close ties to Tal Smith. I pointed out that I have been in the game for 50 years and with my consulting practice, I have worked with 26 of the 30 clubs, so it just stands to reason that I am acquainted with many of these people either professionally or personally. Frankly, I think the people you work with and you know are the people that you are best suited to measure. I use the analogy that it’s like elevating an assistant coach to a head coaching position in basketball or football…  you’re not sure what you are going to get. Some of them may be too soft and not take hold of the situation. In other cases, they may get carried away too much or, on the other end, get carried away, from the standpoint of ego and arrogance.

I think the same thing is a factor here. Obviously, there are a lot of very capable people that deserve consideration from what might be considered a number 2 position in an organization to a number 1 position, but that really requires a very careful examination to see how they are going to handle that. When I talk to newspaper men, I use the analogy that not everybody who is a good columnist or a good sports writer is qualified to become a good managing editor.

Bizball: As of this morning, you’ve interviewed seven candidates for the GM position (editors note: they are Logan White, assistant general manager and director of amateur scouting for the Los Angeles Dodgers, Kansas City Royals special assistant Muzzy Jackson, former Montreal Expos and Baltimore Orioles GM Jim Beattie, former Philadelphia Phillies GM Ed Wade, St. Louis Cardinals GM John Mozeliak, Cleveland Indians director of player personnel Steve Lubratich and Phillies assistant GM Ruben Amaro Jr.). Will the list of interviewees expand, or is the organization working to get the seven down to a set of final candidates?

Smith: We have ongoing interviews – we are still in the 1st round. We have internal candidates to consider. Our two assistants, Dave Godfried and Ricky Bennet –  both of whom are very well qualified … and it’s been widely reported that Bob Watson, former player and former GM for the Astros, who still makes his home here in Houston and is the current vice president for Major League Baseball, has asked to be considered. We are interviewing Bob Watson and David Gotfried today; Rick Bennet, our assistant GM of player development, will be interviewed on Thursday along with at least one external candidate. Then, the panel –  Drayton McLane, consultant Bob McLaren and I – will sit down to review where we are. We have extensive conversations every day to see if we should add other candidates to the 1st round of interviews or not, and that’s yet to be determined. I expect there may be a couple of additions, yet again, because of the urging of people and the fact that you want to be thorough and complete – you don’t want to miss something. As I said, we could probably interview three people from each organization plus all of the ex-GM’s. It’s an exhaustive process and most of the work has to be done behind the scenes – not in the interview. The interview is certainly part of it, but it’s not the major work.

Bizball: Have you considered Dave Littlefield?

Smith: No. Obviously that is a name that just became available, but we really haven’t even discussed Dave.

Bizball: Without getting into specifics, what is the ideal profile you and Mr. McLane are looking for in a general manager? Where, if at all, does an understanding or use of statistical analysis fit into that profile?

Smith: I guess it’s like asking about a player … you would like a 5 Tool player. You want a 5 Tool general manager, as well. Obviously that is a question we have asked because Drayton and I both think that sabermetrics and statistical analysis is a tool – it is a resource that should be employed in conjunction with the normal scouting activities. I think you use everything at your disposal. I think we want somebody that is comfortable and conversant with that; they don’t have to do the crunching of the numbers or understand all of the formulas and what-not, but I think they have to be receptive to that. Ideally you would like somebody that has a good sense from an evaluation standpoint; but again, I have to make the distinction that a good scout and the GM position is not the same thing. A GM gets to evaluate his own talent and the rest of the job is managing and directing, and I think some people confuse that and look at people who are successful talent evaluators and believe that is the key ingredient. It is a part that you would like to have in a GM, but not all great talent evaluators are going to become competent GMs.

Bizball: Is it critical to fill the GM position before finding a replacement for Phil Garner? And, do you have any type of projected target date to have the process of filling the vacancies complete?

Smith: Drayton had initially indicated that he would like to have it filled by the end of the season. Today is the 11th, so that gives us almost 3 weeks, and we are making progress. Whether we meet that timetable or not, I think we have to a chance to obviously, but we want to pick the right person and in some cases it may depend on the availability of the candidate. He may not be readily available. You might make the selection, but if you are asking me from a personal standpoint, I would say the sooner the better.

Bizball: To follow-up, would you like the GM in position to help in the selection of the dugout manager?

Smith: That’s something we have covered in the interviews. As you know, Cecil Cooper is our interim Manager and he has been our bench coach for three years. We think he is very well qualified and I think anybody coming in has to operate under the assumption that he is certainly the leading candidate for the Manager position … and for that not to happen, it would have to be a serious set of circumstances that would cause us to look in another direction.

Bizball: Lastly, rumors are rumors; where they start is often unknown. But, we might be able to put some of them to rest… There has been talk about Jeff Bagwell being considered for the GM position, and murmurs that Craig Biggio might have an interest in the manager’s position. Is there any truth to either of these rumors?

Smith: We have the highest regard for both Jeff and Craig, but that has never been discussed.


Interview conducted by Maury Brown on 9/11/2007

Interview transcribed by Mike Elsen, a staff member of the Business of Sports Network

Brown gives extra special thanks to Mike Elsen for working on the transcription process

 
 
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