In his regular weekly appearance on the “Mike’d Up – Francesa on the FAN” radio show on 660-WFAN Peter Gammons was asked by host Mike Francesa which of the “young up-and-coming” GM candidates he would recommend for the Mets. He did not hesitate in responding “Tony LaCava of the Toronto Blue Jays.”
In the interest of discussing Mr. LaCava here are some links to stories about him:
Fire Jim Bowden wrote about him as a candidate for the Washington Nationals job last year.
- First, I pinged honorary Natmosphere blogger Keith Law about LaCava, and though he couldn’t confirm the rumor, he said, “going from Jim Bowden to Tony LaCava would be like going from Austin Kearns to Albert Pujols.”
Pro Ball NW discussed LaCava related to the Seattle Mariners job 2 years ago.
- Executives J.P Riccardi (Blue Jays GM), John Schierholtz (Former Braves GM), Mark Shapiro (Indians GM) and even Bill Bavasi when he was the Angels GM are said to have sweared by Tony LaCava when he worked for these teams. Tony LaCava is said to have suggested the Bartolo Colon trade to Mark Shapiro in 2002 that got them Grady Sizemore, Brandon Phillips and Cliff Lee from the Montreal Expos.
Batters Box Magazine interviewed LaCava in 2006.
- “I work very closely with JP and I basically do whatever JP doesn’t have the time for. It is very seasonal. From now until the draft I work closely with Jon Lalonde. From the draft through the end of the season I work closely with Dick Scott, and I talk with him after I watch each (minor league) club. Throughout the year I am always working with JP and in the off season we work closely together.” LaCava’s responsibilities cover amateur scouting and professional scouting, or to put it another way, LaCava brings players into the organization through the draft or through advising on free agent acquisition and trades.
Bucco Blog which follows the Pittsburgh Pirates endorsed LaCava for Pirates GM in 2007.
- Over the last sixteen days I have polled scouts, executives and others around the game, and baseball writers asking them two questions — name the top three CEO and GM candidates for Pittsburgh. Tony LaCava’s name was in 57% of the 38 responses, more than any other person. That surprised me so I started asking more questions.
The Toronto Star wrote a profile of LaCava in January.
- “It’s really flattering to be considered for those jobs because there’s only 30 in the world,” LaCava said. “But it’s not something that I think about until someone calls for permission. The job that I have is so challenging I don’t have time. If I never become a GM my career will still feel fulfilled. I just try to keep it simple and do a good job at what I’m doing. Usually good things happen as a result.”