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Monday, October 01, 2018

Angels were fortunate to have Mike Scioscia as manager

ANAHEIM, Calif. – The job is measured in spittle flung, in neck veins raised, in values perceived and real, in pounds of data and a moment or two of dumb luck. It’s a daily test of IQ, of patience, of emotional stability, of popularity, and of propensities for dumb luck. The job requires one to be underestimated if not – and possibly – despised, except in victory, and then the job is to be forgotten.

At the end, they add it all up. Sometimes it makes for a day. Sometimes, for a season. Sometimes, for a career. Even a good portion of a lifetime.

When he leaves, those are the numbers a manager takes with him. They are held overhead or dragged behind, the difference between intellectual brilliance and a squirrel caught under a bumper. That’s the job, leading a lot of good men and probably a few slugs. The players are responsible for their parts in it while the manager (with some help from his bosses) stands beside the numbers, because while pitching wins and losses are on the outs as they do not reflect the efforts of a single man, managers cannot escape outcomes settled by 30 or 40 of them, because that’s the job when he’s done flinging spittle and raising neck veins.

Curious to see the various opinions on this subject here, especially given that we have an expert on the subject as a site regular.

 

QLE Posted: October 01, 2018 at 09:32 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, managers, mike scioscia

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Schmuck: If Showalter is on the way out, Orioles need to know they can find someone better

It won’t be long now. We’ll soon find out how the Orioles intend to proceed with their rebuilding program and who will be in charge of it in the front office and on the field.

The speculation has been going on all season about who will stay and who will go, and there have been recent loosely attributed reports that manager Buck Showalter is on the way out and executive vice president Dan Duquette will be sticking around for a while.

That sounds logical enough, since the Orioles have succeeded in setting a record for failure. The manager usually pays the price for nonperformance, and Showalter has seen so much of that this year that he might only have to be asked nicely to go screaming into the night.

The question: If you were “someone better”, would you agreed to sign with the Orioles as conditions currently stand?

QLE Posted: September 26, 2018 at 01:09 PM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: buck showalter, managers, orioles

Friday, September 21, 2018

Jeff Banister fired as Texas Rangers manager

The managerial merry-go-round strikes again.

In the span of four years, Jeff Banister went from first to worst.

He will not get a chance to reverse the club’s course again.

With the Rangers headed for a last-place finish and the team’s second consecutive losing season, the Rangers decided to make a change, the team announced Friday. Banister, 54, will not return for a fifth season in 2019. Banister is due $950,000 for 2019, according to a salary survey from USA Today earlier this season.

This will be the first time since 2007-08 the Rangers have had consecutive losing seasons. The Rangers will finish out the season with bench coach Don Wakamatsu as interim manager. He will presumably be a candidate for the full-time job.

ajnrules Posted: September 21, 2018 at 02:35 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: jeff banister, managers, rangers

Friday, September 07, 2018

Report: John Gibbons and Blue Jays to part ways after this season

So, anyone here considering applying for this job?

Less than a month after John Gibbons said he wasn’t overly interested in going through a rebuild in Toronto, a new report suggests he won’t have to.

The Blue Jays and their manager are set to part ways at the end of the season, according to MLB Network’s Jon Heyman. And while this development won’t shock anyone who has been following the team, it does mean that Gibbon’s second stint in Toronto is all but officially coming to a close.

According to Heyman, one person familiar with the team said it’s “99.9 percent done” that Toronto will seek a new manager in the winter. Gibbons has reportedly been engaged in talks about the team’s future with GM Ross Atkins for quite some time.

QLE Posted: September 07, 2018 at 08:19 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, john gibbons, managers

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

USA TODAY survey: MLB power shift has managers’ salaries in free fall

CHICAGO — Joe Maddon helped lead the Chicago Cubs to the Holy Grail of sports, with a consistent level of success they haven’t seen in a century, but there are whispers his job could be in jeopardy if they don’t play deep into October.

Houston Astros manager A.J. Hinch and Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts, who led their teams to the World Series a year ago, have contracts that expire after this season.

Interim managers Mike Shildt and Jim Riggleman, who have done marvelous jobs since taking over the St. Louis Cardinals and Cincinnati Reds, have no idea whether their gigs will be prolonged or have a September expiration date.

QLE Posted: August 28, 2018 at 07:27 AM | 50 comment(s)
  Beats: managerial openings, managerial search, managers, salaries

Wednesday, August 08, 2018

Next round of possible MLB managers include Chase Utley, Eric Chavez

The job he’s currently doing seems like the perfect fit for him. Keep giving me boatloads of money to keep doing it.

Brian Bannister
After pitching five seasons in the major leagues for the Kansas City Royals and New York Mets, Bannister, 37, joined the Boston Red Sox as a scout and analyst before moving to the coaching staff. He possesses one of the brightest pitching minds in the game. His title: Vice President, pitching development and assistant pitching coach.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 08, 2018 at 02:06 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: managers

 

 

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