Hunsicker brings credibility to Tampa
Friedman and club president Matt Silverman, 29, are bound to invite skepticism from the old guard that's growing tired of front-office whiz kids. If the Hunsicker hiring shows anything, it's that they're smart enough to realize they don't know everything.
Hunsicker, who led the Astros to a 701-595 record and four National League Central titles as general manager, arrives in Tampa in a sort of mentor/adviser/sounding board role. Can he work effectively with Friedman? There's a fine line between a mentor helping to cultivate a protégé and smothering him (for evidence, check out the Larry Lucchino-Theo Epstein rift in Boston). But you wonder whether Paul DePodesta would have benefited from a similar front-office veteran to help him through the rough times in Los Angeles.
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