I'm not sure what this means, in this context, but if it means what I think is intended, then I disagree. I see Hill as more forward-looking and potentially innovative and Dombrowski as the plain-vanilla, waning-years-of-his-career, old-school, plain-vanilla guy. That doesn't mean I see Dombrowski as a poor choice -- he's likely the best we can expect our owners to accept. He has a long record. We can expect him not to do a poor job. I don't expect him to shake things up greatly or leave us with a modern organization in his wake, as a Hill might. The plus for we fans is that he is just the sort of guy to shake more $ out of ownership this year than Hill would have been able to achieve. That ups the odds of keeping JT.
I don't at all understand how you think we are now the guys co-favored to win. I think despite whatever Dombrowski does that we are very definitely below the Braves in likelihood to win the NL East. In my ranking, we are also behind the Mets, but to a significantly lesser degree.
It won't happen, at least not for this season, but I prefer to see Dombrowski paired with a modern GM.
I am not thrilled by Dombrowski's comment that he is going to move slowly in making organizational changes. I'd like to stick with Driveline and give them a fair chance to make our development side better. Our international side needs major change yesterday, before even more opportunities are missed. Too many recent changes to touch the development side or much of the MLB field staff this season, but the problems on the international side are too serious to wait.
I don't see Dombrowski as a seismic shock. Competent, where Klentak was not and certainly not a callow fad chaser, but other than on the PR side, he is no seismic shock. And I'm not saying Dombrowski is less talented than Gillick -- it is a difference in the organizations they inherited. The Phillies organization which Gillick joined had plus MLB talent and should have been more successful than they had been, based on that talent. They just needed a push over the top. They also had more talent in the near pipeline. They were an organization that had and was developing an impressive collection of home-grown MLB talent. The current Phillies are nothing like that.