Richard Justice, writing in the Houston Chronicle today, gives this view of the former Phillies GM, just hired to do the same job for the Astros:
He's a detail man in every good sense of the word and has been around enough successful organizations to know what's needed.
Want proof? Check out the 2007 Philadelphia Phillies. Ryan Howard, Chase Utley, Cole Hamels, Jimmy Rollins, Pat Burrell and Brett Myers were drafted or developed during Wade's tenure as general manager.
Want more proof? He hired Ruben Amaro Jr. and promoted Mike Arbuckle. He sought the counsel of Paul Owens and Dallas Green. He knows the ingredients of a good organization. He also knows what he doesn't know.
Yo! Did we run him out of town, a friend asks, because we always need someone to hate?
A commenter named Greg at Phillies Nation is a little more critical:
Im not sure you can hand Wade all the credit for products of our farm system. Dont forget Turk Wendell, Mike Williams and all the other rent-a-wreck relievers he wasted talent on. Gillicks centerpiece deal has to be getting Rowand and dont underestimate that. J.C. Romero? Alfonseca? Werth? If the Phils make it to the playoffs, I think Gillick and Manuel deserve the Nobel Prize for their patchwork on a team decimated by injury throughout the season.
Wonder what this writer would say to that.