Via the Chicago Tribune, circa 1990:
For weeks it had seemed a foregone conclusion that Larry Himes would be named the general manager of the Atlanta Braves soon after the season. In fact, the Braves reportedly came within hours of calling a press conference to announce the selection of Himes a week ago. …
A source in Atlanta said Kasten changed his mind after speaking to Sox Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf, a charge Reinsdorf hotly denied.
Kasten ended up choosing JS, the best decision he ever made. Himes, formerly the White Sox GM, ended up taking the same job with the Cubs, where he would soon do the Braves a gigantic favor.
And how lamentable is the departure of Maddux? One day you have a Cy Young winner, and the next you don’t.
“Let’s just examine how this worked out,” Himes says. Isn’t it always the way? I knew how many games Maddux had won and he doesn’t ask. 20.
Himes forms with his hands an imaginary pile of money. This was Maddux’s money. Maddux didn’t take it in time. Now this money belongs to Jose Guzman and Dan Plesac and Greg Hibbard and Randy Myers.
“If this had been a trade,” Himes swears, “I would have had to take it.”
Guzman and Hibbard combined ERA was roughly two runs higher than Mad Dog’s in ’93. By ’95 their careers were over. Dan Plesac had a 4.68 ERA in two seasons with the Little Bears, saving one game. Randy Myers had three solid seasons on the North Side but left for Baltimore after the ’95 season.
Heckuva trade, Larry.
*Among the other contenders for the Braves GM post in 1990? Don Sutton. Seriously.
He would’ve been better than Himes.