Without a doubt Baalke is doing a first rate job. From getting JH, letting players leave, to the drafts, to FA he has improved the 49ers considerably. Too early to say "smartest" but he's up there.
As far as him complimenting Hostler - I couldn't give 2 poops. It what he does and accomplishes that is important!
And Dilfer - some people on this site as such whinners - they should have a seperate section for the Forty-Whiners. They complain that nobody in the media especially ESPNegative acknowledges us and the vast improvements we've made. Then when someone steadily gives us props theyclones whine about it. Clones.