Matt Capps, Bill Smith and the trade that ruined Twins baseball
The Matt Capps for Wilson Ramos trade. *Curses Bill Smith under his breath. Matt Capps for Wilson Ramos. I can't stop going back to this move. Remember when Joe Mauer got hurt and we all suffered through the Boat Anchor days (Drew Butera). Imagine having a healthy Wilson Ramos on this roster, a more than capable defensive backstop with some offensive ability. I know, I know. Capps was a "proven closer" and I'm sure Bill Smith wasn't intentionally scuttling the future of the Twins catcher position. How could he know that bilateral leg weakness was going to happen? (Do we even know what bilateral leg weakness even means?!)
This is arguably my least favorite Twins trade, and I can't help but keep circling back to it when I look behind the plate and wonder.
Thanks Bill Smith. I'm not even mad about letting J.J. Hardy walk, oh wait, YES I AM. Or Maybe Garza-Delmon trade. *bangs head on table.
The Peter Principle holds true. The Peter Principle is based on the notion that employees will get promoted as long as they are competent, but at some point will fail to get promoted beyond a certain job because it has become too challenging for them. Employees rise to their level of incompetence and stay there. Bill Smith stayed for too long, and as much as you'd like to blame Gardy, TR or even Rick Anderson (who I have a personal vendetta against), a lot has to sit on the shoulders of Bill Smith. The Capps/Ramos trade being my biggest sticking point.