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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Posnanski: Its Time to Fix Manager of the Year voting

Was it actually Ned who was the Yost with the most?

1. Vote on the Manager of the Year AFTER the playoffs. This seems so obvious, it’s hard to believe that it needs to be said. The Baseball Writers in the olden days started voting for their awards before the playoffs because … there were no playoffs. There was only a World Series, and that was considered separate from the rest of the game. Voting at the end of the regular season made some sense then.

But now, the playoffs are the whole game. The 162-game season is secondary. Ten out of 30 teams make the postseason, and greatness is defined in October. Bruce Bochy has not won the Manager of the Year award for the Giants because the award is voted for BEFORE he led three teams to World Series titles. This is pure lunacy.

2. Vote on Manager of the Year every two years. We talk about small sample sizes a lot in baseball. Well, with managers, one season is just too small a sample size. In 2003, for instance, Kansas City’s Tony Pena won Manager of the Year, and that included my vote. Hey, I thought he did an AMAZING job inspiring a spectacularly limited team. They were somehow in first place for four months.

But four months is … just not very long in baseball terms. The Royals fell apart toward the end of the year, and they were horrendous the next year, and Pena quit early the following year, and as much fun as that 2003 season was, let’s be honest, Tony Pena was not Manager of the Year. He might have won Manager of the Month a couple of times.

If this year’s vote had been over the two years, we could have avoided that Matt Williams award in 2014 along with some of the other unfortunate choices, like Tony Pena.


Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Joe Maddon plays theme music from Rocky |

I wonder how many of his players have watched the movie?

Jim Furtado Posted: October 20, 2015 at 07:09 AM | 58 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, joe maddon, playoffs

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Cubs leaning toward Lester for Game 1 start

Interesting.  Arrieta’s command was definitely off on Monday, so maybe they figure an extra day’s rest’ll do him some good…

Thursday, October 08, 2015

Theo Epstein rewards baseball department for job well done - Chicago Tribune

“I love numbers,” manager Joe Maddon said. “God, I love numbers, though I was horrible in math. Algebra III. Second semester of Algebra II was my Waterloo, to be honest with you. Algebra III and Trig could have been Latin or Greek, it wouldn’t matter to me. But I do love numbers.

“Beyond that I really like people and humans and what makes this guy tick? And I don’t think that because you can’t necessarily quantify it, it’s not as popular of a way to acquire a player, but it really matters. It really matters right now in our clubhouse. But I guess my point is it’s a combination of skillful young players that everybody saw coming along. But I don’t believe we would be here without the appropriate seasoning among the veterans.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 08, 2015 at 08:00 AM | 43 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, joe maddon, playoffs, theo epstein

Cubs take the Joe Maddon way to National League Division Series - Chicago Tribune

The bench clearing get-together during the game was just plain stupid.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 08, 2015 at 06:02 AM | 74 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, jake arrieta, joe maddon, playoffs, wild card

Wednesday, October 07, 2015

Joe Maddon is everything you want in a manager — and a person | Chicago Sun-Times

But is he nice to dogs and little kids? I bet he is.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 07, 2015 at 08:21 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, joe maddon, managers

Wednesday, September 02, 2015

Cubs content to make do down stretch to playoffs - Chicago Tribune

Maddon has more pieces to play with in September, and he said he’s going to use them all.

“I try to work it through in advance but then when you get new pieces for your puzzle you don’t always think it all the way through,” he said. “The game presents different thoughts that you have not even thought about.

“If you screw it up one night, try to do it up in a way nobody else knows except you, if that’s possible. I’m eager to work with it. I like it. I like the position player juggling component. It’s really interesting. With the pitchers, it makes it somewhat easier to do that if your starters are going deeper.”

Jim Furtado Posted: September 02, 2015 at 10:32 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, joe maddon

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Influence of Don Zimmer renewed with Joe Maddon’s Cubs - Chicago Tribune

“The similarities are their vision and the way they’re able to think outside-the-box,” Cubs bench coach Dave Martinez said. “It’s pretty similar. ‘Zim’ was feistier. Joe is calmer. But the way they go about thinking, about doing different things, is similar.”

Jim Furtado Posted: August 23, 2015 at 09:43 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, don zimmer, joe maddon

Friday, July 03, 2015

Who is baseball’s best manager? The survey says ...

Arizona Diamondbacks general manager Dave Stewart pinpointed his team’s biggest obstacle during Major League Baseball’s GM meetings in November. “You know the challenge with beating the Giants?’’ Stewart said. “It’s Bruce Bochy. He’s the key to that team. We would need him to be kidnapped and taken away someplace for us to have an opportunity.’‘

Jacob Posted: July 03, 2015 at 04:24 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: bruce bochy, buck showalter, joe maddon, managers, terry francona



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