i'm biased though and hate his guts.
Alderson does not get high marks here from most for several reasons
Not the least of which was his manner in interviews - he was extremely condescending towards the fans... I am not sure why he subjected himself to weekly radio interviews by the Padres radio broadcast station because he seemed to hate it and was seemingly sensitive to any criticism by the hosts or callers.. He often came across as an arrogant Harvard Lawyer - probably because that's what he is -
However it should be noted that he did accomplish a couple of things of note
He was able to get owner John Moores to loosen the purse-strings somewhat and increased the budget for signing draft picks... He also got the payroll up to $73M
He took Drafting responsibility away from Kevin Towers which was long overdueDrafts improved in his time here, but he perpetuated the philosophy of going after signable players rather than the best player available and then putting a full court press on getting them signed... so he gets mixed reviews there
He played a big part in getting the WBC in San Diego which was appreciated by fans
What's funny is that 2005 division winner is the team that made me realize how much I hated the brand of baseball in petco. That .500 team bored me to death and there was little if any doubt they would go nowhere in the post season
I don't dislike Anderson the baseball man but there were times I wanted to smash him in the mouth when he was on XX because of his attitude ... you know, the way you feel about Hoyer
He was pretty bad here. He stressed OBP to a fault and didn't value speed or stolen bases in a park where those type of things play big.
Here's how many Major league players his drafts produced
2005Nick Hundley (2nd round pick)Chase Headley (2nd Round pick) both him and hundley have been solid productive playersWill Venable nothing but a fourth outfielder
2006David Freese (9th round pick)Matt Leblanc (2nd round pick)Matt Latos (11th round) another great pick
2007Corey Lubke (comp Pick) obviously a great pick here.Brandon Gomes (good young reliever for the Rays now)
2008 is too early to judge although there are some intriguing guys like Jaff Decker and Darnell.
To miss on all your top picks is unacceptable and what business did they have drafting a guy like Leblanc in the 2nd round? why take such a low ceiling guy there? Alderson didn't value high upside guys or athletes and it shows.
He talked about the lack of talent in the minors pretty often as I remember it and once made the comment that if the drafting of Matt Bush had not happened that he probably would have never been hired...
Moores said one reason he hired Alderson is because he wasn’t happy with the franchise’s farm system and its baseball academy in the Dominican Republic.
“There are opportunities that we missed,” Moores said.
I remember SA often repeating that theme on XX
In all honesty I reached a point I stopped listening to him on the radio because he pisssed me off about half the time with his snarky comments to or about callers...
Again, I am not a hater - I think he made a ton of stratetical errors - and he did some good things... but that's the nature of most front office people...