I know there are more than a few on this board who have insightful ideas and opinions that pertain to the many different realms and nuances of sports, so I want to call unto those that have the same passion as mine. If you're a General Manager for a professional team, what would be your philosophy for building that team? Don't hesitate to be creative. It can be your favorite team, it can be a team that sucks that you need to completely redefine its culture, or a team that is a perennial power and you need to keep things going (though not as fun as starting fresh). You can answer them all if you want and for all sports. I will start and I'll post about building a baseball team from scratch first, since many might go with football or basketball. I want variety! Spoiler My philosophy would be to completely stockpile the farm system. I wouldn't dare put a time frame of when success will happen because I know that it may take longer than hoped for when you are trying to develop future stars. I would stay away from the Yankees model of signing new studs to replace the aging star. Big contracts are a no-no on my team unless that player came up through our system or later on in the building process where this one player may be the difference in winning a WS. Just not out of the gates when so many holes will still have to be filled. I would find a coach that stresses fundamentals and the art of "creating" runs. Absolute crisp baseball that has its players almost look mechanical with how fluent they are with knowing the game..Specifically on the defensive end. Models I would use would be the teams like the Twins of the early 2000's as well as the Angels from that same time. The Oakland A's and the Florida Marlins (both WS years). The key is to get as much youth as possible and let the best work themselves to the top. After however many years it takes to get enough young talent that is producing then the next step would be to sprinkle in veterans who each bring something to the table. Grab a guy or two that does a great job of leading players. Will need veteran players who fill a void on the team or in specific areas it may be struggling. Be it a power bat in the middle of the lineup, a slick fielding shortstop, or a very good leadoff hitter. It'll be at a point where you can't wait for a player in the minors to develop and at a time where it just may put the team over the top. This can go even deeper as in finding specific arms for your rotation/bullpen and what type of players you want at respective positions. Maybe I'll get into that later, but I wanna see how this thread goes first. Let's have fun with this. Could be very interesting and insightful.