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TFA is perfectly correct in saying that the role of manager has changed a lot over the decades, but so have the roles of head coaches in all sports: nobody's going to be a John McGraw or a Paul Brown or a Red Auerbach again.
plus the escorting from various buildings of Ozzie Guillen, Bobby Valentine, Jim Tracy, and Dusty Baker, with limited prospects for their return
The surprise shouldn't be that Tracy was fired - it should be that he was hired for not one but two jobs after he openly revolted against his own front office in LA and deliberately sabotaged the team on the field.
It's not like Bochy is a neophyte, but he's no Walter Alston either.
I believe Bruce Bochy is the most experienced current manager. He started after Showalter but has been more consistently employed. It's not like Bochy is a neophyte, but he's no Walter Alston either.
Before I clicked, I was wondering why Mark Thoma had written a piece on managers.
There are no managers today as distinctive in their in-game strategies as their counterparts in the 1970s and ‘80s. Nobody steals as often as Whitey Herzog or Chuck Tanner. Nobody bunts as often as Gene Mauch. Nobody platoons as much as Gil Hodges or Earl Weaver. Nobody leans as heavily on their top starters as Tommy Lasorda or Billy Martin.
Are those really the only ways people are allowed to be distinctive?
he'll pass Alston in games managed midway through 2017
Yikes, no kidding. Between Lasorda and Alston I thought the Dodgers had managers for a century. Meanwhile I still think of Bochy as a player.
Are there any "friends of Dusty" that would add him as a bench coach like Don Baylor?
Nobody platoons as much as Gil Hodges or Earl Weaver.
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