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Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Get To Know a New Manager: The Reds Look to David Bell to Help Escape Their Interminable Rebuild

The belief is that, while the Reds all leap over a pommel horse, he will be digging a tunnel, from which the Reds can eventually follow him to freedom.

QLE Posted: November 28, 2018 at 06:13 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: david bell, manager, reds

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Joe Maddon plans to manage beyond 2019, thinks of himself as a free agent to be rather than lame duck

Joe Maddon was back in the Tampa Bay area for a charity event in St. Petersburg, Fla., and talked to the Tampa Bay Times about a variety of topics. There were some intriguing Cubs-related nuggets included.

For starters, Maddon said he plans to be “a little more hands-on” in terms of on-field coaching work in 2019.

“I’ve always kind of stayed free of coaching because I really want to stay out of coaches’ way so they can do their job,” Maddon told Marc Topkin in the article. “I’ve always felt that is the right way to do it. But this year I’m going to get a little more hands-on involved in actually coaching.”

Mind you, given that he’s just two years away from winning the World Series, is that really a stance that’s indefensible?

QLE Posted: November 27, 2018 at 08:43 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: free agency, joe maddon, manager

Thursday, October 25, 2018

New Twins hire Rocco Baldelli becomes baseball’s youngest manager; other things to know about current managerial class

A few general notes on managers, in consideration of a new hire.

On Thursday, the Minnesota Twins named Rocco Baldelli the 14th manager in franchise history. Baldelli joins David Bell (Cincinnati Reds) and Brad Ausmus (Los Angeles Angels) as skippers installed this week around the World Series hush periods. Three teams—the Baltimore Orioles and Texas Rangers—still have to appoint a field general. But halfway through the hiring cycle let’s look at four things you need to know about managerial trends.

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Just a few days ago, Baldelli celebrated his 37th birthday. It should come as no surprise then that he’s the youngest active skipper. Heck, he’s the first person born after 1980 to be hired as a manager. Doesn’t that make you feel old?

The Rangers have been connected to young candidates, so things could change between now and spring training. But as it stands, Baldelli will be the only manager younger than 40. Kevin Cash (40) and Andy Green (41) have each been around for years, and could enter the season as the second- and third-youngest. Meanwhile, Alex Cora, Gabe Kapler, and Mickey Callaway round out the top-six with a three-way tie as 43-year-olds.

 

QLE Posted: October 25, 2018 at 11:13 PM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: manager, rocco baldelli, twins

Blue Jays hire Charlie Montoyo as new manager

TORONTO – Impressed by the way the Tampa Bay Rays use data in their decision-making on and off the field, the Toronto Blue Jays hired Charlie Montoyo away from their American League East rivals to be their new manager.

Montoyo agreed to a three-year contract with a club option for the 2022 season.

The decision, perhaps the most important made in Ross Atkins’ three years as GM thus far, comes on the same day Rocco Baldelli, another finalist from the analytically advanced club, was hired by the Minnesota Twins to replace the fired Paul Molitor.

QLE Posted: October 25, 2018 at 11:02 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, charlie montoyo, manager

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Brad Ausmus named Angels manager | MLB.com

Ausmus, 49, will be formally introduced during a 1 p.m. PT news conference at Angel Stadium on Monday. Ausmus, who managed the Tigers from 2014-17, spent this past season as a special assistant to general manager Billy Eppler. The former big league catcher beat out nine other candidates for the position, including fellow special assistant Eric Chavez, Astros bench coach Joe Espada, Cubs bench coach Brandon Hyde and longtime MLB infielder Omar Vizquel.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 21, 2018 at 01:47 PM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, brad ausmus, manager

Reds select David Bell as team’s new manager | Cincinnati Reds

Completing a process that began in April, the Reds named David Bell as their new manager on Sunday and signed him to a three-year contract that runs through the 2021 season with a club option for 2022.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 21, 2018 at 11:16 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: david bell, manager, reds

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Angels’ Mike Scioscia says he wants to keep managing

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Mike Scioscia says he would like to keep managing next year.

The longtime skipper of the Los Angeles Angels has been widely expected to step down after the regular season concludes this week. His comments to KLAA-AM radio Monday night suggested he is open to returning for a 20th season in the Angels’ dugout, or perhaps a managing job elsewhere in baseball.

When asked directly if he wanted to keep managing, Scioscia said: “I’d like to.”

Somewhere, Mike Trout is getting the vague feeling that someone is really invested in making sure his talents are wasted…..

 

QLE Posted: September 25, 2018 at 09:12 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, manager, mike scioscia, not going away

Friday, August 17, 2018

Calcaterra - Dusty Baker Drops Truth Bombs

In which Craig Calcaterra reads The Athletic $ piece by Ken Rosenthal, then writes this piece that you can read for free.

I say that because every time someone gets to Dusty Baker for an interview, he drops some major truth bombs that make you wonder why anyone wouldn’t want him in charge. Sure, like any manager he has his faults and blind spots — more so in his distant past than in his recent past, I should not — but the guy is smart, has more experience than anyone going and is almost universally loved by his players.

Recently he sat down with Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic to talk about life, baseball and everything, and once again the truth bombs were dropping.

Bote Man Posted: August 17, 2018 at 01:33 PM | 45 comment(s)
  Beats: dusty baker, manager, nationals

 

 

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