I like the chip as well but can't help feeling like we filled another key position with a guy no one else wanted. At first glance and admittedly not knowing all the details it just feels a lot like the Rivera hiring to me.
Help me feel better about this. Does anyone know or have ideas on why Gettleman was passed on so often when he clearly has wanted to be a GM for a long time?
one thing that accorsi said about gettleman is that he's not a self promoter, ie...not a kiss ass.
he's considered a "grinder" which means he's always working. he's about doing the job rather than vying for another one.
others got jobs ahead of him because they worked harder to get it...not meaning they were harder workers than gettleman, just that they tried harder to get the job while gettleman was focused on the job and hoped that his work would speak for itself.
it's unfortnate, but quite often promotions and jobs go to the person that does the best job at selling themselves to their (prospective) bosses rather than the one who actually does the best job.
it's all about where gettleman's focus was. it wasn't greener pastures, it was making the pasture he was on better.