Wednesday, November 04, 2015
Thursday, October 29, 2015
Don Mattingly, long eyed as the choice of owner Jeffrey Loria to revive the Marlins, has agreed to take the Miami managing job, sources confirm.
Mattingly has seemd to be a fait accompli in Miami since he and the Dodgers parted ways late last week. Loria has been targeting him as the replacement for Dan Jennings since late summer, and the sides made it happen after what was described as a very positive meeting Monday.
Mattingly, the Dodgers manager the past five years, agreed to a four-year deal, according to Dodgers author Molly Knight, who first reported the agreement. It was reported on CBSSports.com Wednesday that there was every expectation for a deal.
Mattingly, one of two managers to win division crowns the past three years, has known Loria, a part-time New York resident for years.
Mattingly could not be reached, and the Marlins haven’t confirmed yet.
Posted: October 29, 2015 at 09:38 AM | 20 comment(s)
Friday, October 23, 2015
There are Dodger fans clamoring for Scioscia?
In Los Angeles, ownership deflected the decision on Don Mattingly to Andrew Friedman. There was talk of Mattingly staying another year, maybe more, but not for the kind of tenure that would make the manager feel he was Friedman’s guy. So Mattingly took it upon himself to make the decision. He left. He ought to be better off for it, and so too the Dodgers, without the constant backdrop of when Friedman might bring in his own guy.
Friedman should have done that a year ago, when the Dodgers’ owners hired him as president of baseball operations, but the owners still had Mattingly’s back. By the end of this season, Friedman should have known Mattingly well enough to hand him a pink slip or a contract extension, not engage him in hours of discussions about the who, what, when, and why of future decision-making at Dodger Stadium.
No one would have begrudged Friedman the chance to say, “We’re going in another direction.” Mattingly understands how the game is played. He thought he would succeed Joe Torre as manager of the New York Yankees in 2007, but the Yankees went in another direction and hired Joe Girardi. ...
This is not about the Dodgers losing Game 5 of the National League division series; an analytically inclined front office knows better than to make a decision based on one game out of 167. This is not about a sabermetric front office against an old-school manager; Mattingly bent over backward to embrace the torrent of data flowing from the front office to the clubhouse, and the considerable input from the humans in the executive suites.
“I think it’s great, honestly,” Mattingly said. “I think the information is really good. Do I agree 1,000% with everything that comes through it? Probably not. That has nothing to do with loving information.”
Those Dodgers fans clamoring for the return of a prodigal son — Scioscia or Dusty Baker — should be reminded that a manager’s job has changed these days, and not only at Dodger Stadium. Experience as a manager is an asset, not a requirement.
Today’s manager is more of a middle manager, a politician within the organization and a corporate spokesman representing the organization, a front man for the team at a time the balance of power has shifted from the dugout to the front office.
Saturday, October 17, 2015
JH ♡ DM.
Mattingly, it is said, has been quite cooperative on the lineup input he receives from above, and word is, it’s substantial. The club is blessed with terrific positional depth at full strength, giving them options galore, though Mattingly doesn’t always make the call. (That might explain why he answers questions about lineup decisions with “We thought it gave us the best chance to win.”
Under normal circumstances, Mattingly should easily be safe. But he also knows his job comes with no guarantees, and the one year to go on his three-year contract brings no certainties, either (if anyone’s shown they’re wiling to eat money, it’s the Dodgers).
Dodgers people haven’t said much, if anything, about his situation, and they may just keep him after weighing all these factors. But if they aren’t sure he’s their guy long-term, it’s possible they could allow him to talk to other interested teams, and there is at least one that’s interested, maybe more. ...
In the event of the Dodgers move on—and it’s hard to say how likely that is—the new regime could look close to home. First year director of player development Gabe Kapler is one who’s been speculated on by the Los Angeles press, and he makes some sense. And the new regime does love Kapler, a very smart man who has a sabremetric bent. But that’s just a guess.
Mattingly is a big boy. Even with the consistently strong regular seasons, he’d probably understand if the Dodgers made a change, at least to a degree. And at this point, he himself probably wouldn’t be shocked.
But that doesn’t mean it would be the right things to do. And it wouldn’t be.
Friday, October 09, 2015
This idea is insane. The same worst/best case can be used to support any person on the planet.
What’s the worst case for hiring Urkel as the next Nationals’ manager? The team stinks. The best case is the Nationals win World Series after World Series. As an added benefit we’d get to hear him explain away every mistake with “Did I do that?” How wouldn’t that endear him to the fans and players?
And look, the team wouldn’t even have to buy him a shirt!
What’s the worst case? You hire Ripken and, for a couple of years, he resembles another shaved-headed, home-run-hitting Gold Glove stoic: Matt Williams. But other fears are legitimate. Poor chemistry between Ripken and also-stubborn General Manager Mike Rizzo could have longer-term repercussions. That’s the key relationship to analyze.
What’s the best case? Ripken is the manager of outstanding teams in Washington — as a bonus at a time when the Nats and Orioles are brawling in court over mega-millions in cable-TV money. That’s fannies in seats, eyeballs on TVs and even an image remake for a Washington team now seen as just a little too full of Natitude. Ripken does modesty and kick-your-rear (simultaneously) as well as anyone.
Wednesday, October 07, 2015
Who could have predicted this result?
“Do I regret doing what we did? I think it’s hard to say that I don’t because it did not have the desired result on the field, it did not accomplish what we expected it to accomplish,” Samson said. “So, do I regret coming to that conclusion? Yes, I do. I regret everything that doesn’t work.
“I think he did the best he could given the fact that he was put in a less than ideal situation.”
As to why Jennings didn’t succeed in turning the season around, Samson said: “I think there were a lot of factors. I think the fact he was coming from the front office, the fact it had never been done, the fact that he came in the middle of the season, the fact he was responsible for both putting players on the field and then what he did with them on the field — it’s why you don’t see a general manager/manager combination because that’s very difficult.
“The reason we put Dan in there was we thought it was the right move. It wasn’t.”
Posted: October 07, 2015 at 08:17 AM | 19 comment(s)
Tuesday, September 15, 2015
The story Franco tells is that he’d like to spend the next 10 years managing in Japan, then 10 years managing in America, then three more years in a front office somewhere. At 80, he says, he’d be content to retire to a remote hillside somewhere, to grow his own food, make his own medicine and drink his matcha. The gap between that dream and this reality doesn’t seem to matter to him. He’s playing baseball.
Posted: September 15, 2015 at 05:33 PM | 36 comment(s)
Friday, June 26, 2015
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