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Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Rob Parker: MLB’s New Trend, Leaving Out Black Managers

BBC might have been on board with Parker’s rant ... until he wondered aloud about Ausmus.

The Maddon hire isn’t the problem. He’s a veteran skipper who has had success. It’s the Molitor hiring that should make aspiring black and Hispanic managers feeling salty.

While a great player, Molitor doesn’t have any managerial experience - not in the minors or majors.

That’s a new trend in MLB, hiring guys who have never managed before. Some have never even been a coach on the minor league or major league level.

Enter Brad Ausmus. Somehow, Ausmus got the Detroit Tigers’ manager’s job without ever being a coach first after his playing days were over.

Sadly, the last three managers to get such a plum gig had more than just no experience in common. All three were white.

In St. Louis, Mike Matheny was named manager of the Cardinals in 2008. It was a shocking hire because Matheny had no prior managing or coaching experience in professional baseball, but took over for the retiring Hall of Fame manager Tony La Russa.

The trend would be cool if it were happening to all involved in MLB, if black and Hispanic former players were landing these gigs as well. But it’s not the case.

Right now, there’s only one black manager left in the MLB ranks. That’s Lloyd McClendon of the Seattle Mariners. McClendon had a good first year, just missing the postseason in the final week of the season. ...

With Maddon gone from Tampa Bay, the Rays need a new skipper.

It should have been a layup. Dave Martinez, their longtime Hispanic bench coach, should have gotten that gig already.

Martinez is qualified, to say the least. Best of all, he knows the organization and the personnel. Plus, Martinez has been interviewed for numerous managerial gigs in the majors in recent years. He hadn’t gotten a gig thus far mainly because the fit wasn’t right.

But instead of nabbing Martinez, the Rays have opened up the job and looking at a number of candidates to replace Maddon.

It would be a crime if Martinez doesn’t get the job. The man has paid his dues. That’s the way guys used to become managers.

JE (Jason) Posted: November 05, 2014 at 02:20 PM | 130 comment(s)
  Beats: african-americans, managerial search, managers

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Morosi: Could Cain’s story make baseball king of sports world again?

Seriously thinking of changing my handle to Lorenzo Cain’s #1 Fan. Dude is fun to root for.

McCullough wrote that Cain was cut from the freshman basketball team, and his mother wouldn’t allow him to play football.

“If I would have made the basketball team, there’s no chance I would have played baseball,” Cain told McCullough. “I know that for sure. There’s no chance.”

Cain, 28, came from football country — Madison County High School in northern Florida and Tallahassee Community College. Now he’s the talk of baseball and is poised to earn $2 million or more through salary arbitration next season.

Is this the traditional path to major-league stardom? No, but Cain’s story should remind everyone in the chain of youth sports — high school coaches, college coaches, professional organizations, Major League Baseball and (most importantly) families — that success in baseball is largely a function of athletic ability and the opportunity to play, even if a kid’s first exposure to the game is as a teenager.

Baseball needs to become more aggressive in marketing itself to our country’s best young athletes, at a time when many parents are giving serious thought to whether they want their sons associated with football’s violent culture. For a 16-year-old with equal potential in the two sports, baseball offers a far better future than football by almost any objective measure.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 16, 2014 at 12:00 AM | 108 comment(s)
  Beats: african-americans, basketball, football, lorenzo cain, royals

 

 

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