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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Ranking MLB Managers…by Handsomeness

All week I’ve half-jokingly noted that Brad Ausmus is a handsome, handsome man. As a result of that, people have asked me which manager is next handsome. And next handsome. And next handsome after that. And who’s the least handsome manager too. So, inevitably, it has come to this: a list ranking the managerial beefcake…

1. Brad Ausmus:... There are factions of female baseball fans who have been beating the Ausmus drum for years in various places on the Internet. He is probably the best looking manager in the history of baseball.

30. Clint Hurdle: None of us are ever as bad as our worst days make us out to be. But some people’s worst days are worse than others.[/bq]

Friday, November 08, 2013

Grantland (Baumann): Don’t Bother Trying to Grade Baseball’s New Managerial Hires

The more attention analysts pay to on-field tactics, the less important they seem to be in the minds of GMs when selecting managers, apparently:

Managers matter less and less in baseball today. I wrote about the disappearance of the managerial cult of personality back in August. Sports on Earth’s Jack Moore just explored the new model of manager, while Baseball Prospectus editor-in-chief and Grantland contributor Ben Lindbergh noted that as we learn more about baseball’s tactics, the men who execute those tactics are skewing younger, less experienced, and less expensive.

Why is this happening? Says Moore: “This is a shift that has been inevitable for some time now, for a variety of reasons: the rise of free agency and the increase in player power; the rise of analytics in baseball; the integration of more and more international players into the major league ranks. … No transition better emphasizes the changes baseball and the world around it has undergone in the past 30 years.”

The manager’s role is shrinking in importance, at least during the course of a game. We’re realizing that the overwhelming majority of a manager’s job takes place behind the scenes: teaching, encouraging, disciplining, communicating with the front office, etc. Never has managing a baseball team so closely resembled managing a department store.

Mike Emeigh Posted: November 08, 2013 at 02:13 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: managers, sabermetrics

Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Rick Renteria to be named Cubs manager

Rick Renteria, who served the last two seasons as bench coach for the San Diego Padres, will be named Thursday to succeed the fired Dale Sveum as Chicago Cubs manager, the Tribune confirmed.

Renteria, 51, has spent the past six seasons as a coach with the Padres and fits numerous qualifications that Cubs team President Theo Epstein sought after firing Sveum on Sept. 30.

I have no initial impressions, but I’m glad the search is finally over.

Fear is Moses Taylor's Bacon Bits Posted: November 06, 2013 at 07:56 PM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, managers, padres

Friday, October 25, 2013

Washington Post: Kilgore: Nationals To Hire Matt Williams As Manager

The Nationals plan to hire Arizona Diamondbacks third base coach Matt Williams to become the fifth manager in the team’s brief history, according to a person familiar with the situation. The expected move was first reported by Fox Sports. The Nationals have not confirmed Williams’s planned hiring, as MLB prohibits teams from making major announcements during the World Series.



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