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Friday, May 06, 2016

Tony La Russa douses report DBacks manager Chip Hale is under fire | FOX Sports

Don’t worry. Tony thinks it’s all good.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 06, 2016 at 08:19 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: chip hale, diamondbacks, managers, tony la russa

Thursday, May 05, 2016

Two decades after arrest, Butch Hobson finds peace. | Sports on Earth

Paul Hagen talks with Butch Hobson.

Big league coaches make far more than Atlantic League managers. If he had gotten another chance to manage in the Majors, the payoff could have been huge. He’s also 63 days short of having 10 years of big league service, which would allow him to max out on his pension plan.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 05, 2016 at 06:51 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: butch hobson, managers, red sox

Sunday, April 03, 2016

OCR: Managers Mike Scioscia, Dave Roberts deal with new realities of their role

Few managers today retain the stature and independence Scioscia has with the Angels. While far from the baseball Luddite he was cast as during last year’s power struggle with former general manager Jerry Dipoto, Scioscia is nonetheless more old school than new math.

None of that can be said of Roberts. With the Dodgers, he serves at the whim of perhaps baseball’s most empowered, and crowded, front office. Analytical input will be a part of his life every day of the season.

“Yeah, that’s fair,” Roberts said of assertion that managers of his generation are not as independent as the men he played for, Scioscia’s peers such as Bochy and Terry Francona. “But I think that’s a great thing. Having other people help in this big machine that you have as a baseball organization is a good thing. I think what’s most important is to have that aligned mindset and thought and voice. The organization thinks a certain way going down to the manager.

“It’s not a one-man show by any stretch of the imagination.”

Gold Star - just Gold Star Posted: April 03, 2016 at 01:39 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: managers

Friday, March 18, 2016

The Baseballist: Top 10 Most Accomplished Active Managers - BaseballAmerica.com

But how do they manage expectations?

With so many accomplished managers vacating the dugout in recent seasons—including three of the best ever—and with teams seemingly favoring younger, less experienced applicants when making manager hires, the game today appears to have fewer active managers on a Hall of Fame track. But let’s take a closer look using the James monitor system outlined above.

If you pay attention to the annual BA Best Tools balloting results, then you probably know the identity of the No. 1 active manager, because he has claimed the last five consecutive Best Manager wins in the National League.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 18, 2016 at 06:59 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: managers

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Analytics have teams considering bullpen roles | MLB.com

4. Playing it by ear every day would inevitably force relief pitchers to warm up more frequently than they have to, ultimately hindering performance.

At least that’s what Angels closer Huston Street believes.

“At the end of the day,” Street said, “it’s quite simple: There’s just not enough energy to go around.”

Street has been a closer almost his entire life, from his collegiate days at the University of Texas to the totality of his 11-year Major League career. He estimates that in a given year he actually makes about 100 appearances—65 or so when he pitches in a game and then another 30 or 40 from all those times he warms up in the bullpen, sits back down and warms up again. The latter is “every reliever’s worst nightmare,” Street said, but also an inevitable part of the job.

If a team’s best reliever were assigned to the highest-leverage situation, as opposed to merely the ninth inning, Street estimates he would have to warm up, sit down and warm up again twice as frequently, because a lot of time is needed to get ready and because the leverage of a situation can change so quickly.

He believes it would be too much for a bullpen to absorb.

“There is no getting used to that,” Street said. “You can’t. Your arm gets sore. It just gets sore. That’s what happens. “

Street, and basically everybody else polled on the subject, concluded that the theory can work in small sample sizes, like the playoffs, but is unsustainable over the course of a six-month regular season. They ultimately believe the statistical advantages are not enough to outweigh all of the potential hazards that come with it.

“Perfect on paper,” Street said. “But in practice, it’s the worst idea I’ve ever heard.”

Jim Furtado Posted: March 17, 2016 at 08:30 AM | 37 comment(s)
  Beats: managers, relief pitching, sabermetrics

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Craig Counsell, Pat Murphy have ties that bind

“He’s very high energy, very take-charge,” said leftfielder Ryan Braun. “It seems like he has a unique ability to inspire and motivate. That’s something you don’t find very often. He’s added a unique dynamic that we haven’t really had around here.

“The whole energy of this camp is better than any camp I’ve been a part of the lat 10 years. It’s been really good and he has been a big part of it.”

Jim Furtado Posted: March 16, 2016 at 08:30 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, craig counsell, managers, pat murphy

New manager Andy Green is a breath of fresh air for the Padres and MLB | FOX Sports

“The first time I talked to the team, that was part of my message,” he says. “That’s the heartbeat of who I am. Better people make better teammates. Better teammates make better players. Being selfless, thinking about others, is a great way to live your life.”

Jim Furtado Posted: March 16, 2016 at 08:01 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: andy green, managers, padres

Tuesday, March 08, 2016

Astros revise manager A.J. Hinch’s contract - Houston Chronicle

The info is top secret.

Approached by the Chronicle during spring training, Hinch had no comment, deferring to general manager Jeff Luhnow.

Luhnow was coy.

“We’re committed to A.J., and he’s committed to us,” Luhnow said. “We don’t comment on contracts.”

The environment Hinch took over in the fall of 2014 was one of disrepair. He had to create cohesion in all directions: with a new coaching staff, the players, and the front office as well.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 08, 2016 at 06:20 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: a.j. hinch, astros, managers

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Miami Marlins manager Don Mattingly opens spring training with uplifting speech | Miami Herald

Now get out there and do your pitchers’ fielding practice!

But in his closed-clubhouse address Tuesday before the first full-squad workout of spring training, new manager Don Mattingly fired up the Marlins with a passionate address that inspired players, coaches and even owner Jeffrey Loria.

“I went out to practice [Tuesday] like I wanted to eat the world,” Marlins ace Jose Fernandez said.

Said Marlins pitcher Tom Koehler: “I got chills. I don’t think I was alone.”

One coach called it “the best speech I’ve heard in 40 years of baseball.”

Even Loria offered high praise for Mattingly’s 15-minute talk.

“It was the best I’ve ever heard, the best talk to a group of players that I’ve heard in a long time, since Jack [McKeon],” Loria said.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 24, 2016 at 06:57 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: don mattingly, managers, marlins

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

MLB - Dusty Baker’s last stand

More love for Dusty.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 23, 2016 at 11:14 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: dusty baker, managers, nationals

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Nick Cafardo: A comprehensive ranking of all 30 major league managers - The Boston Globe

Just like the title says. Cafardo ranks the managers.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 13, 2016 at 09:29 PM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: managers, notes

Dusty Baker survived ruin and humiliation. With the Nationals, he can go out on top. | The Washington Post

He seems like a likable guy. He shouldn’t talk about things which he doesn’t know much about, however.

“He’s like everybody ought to be,” said Bishop, the songwriter and blues guitarist who befriended Baker after they met years ago at John Lee Hooker’s house. “He treats everybody with respect and an open mind. He’s just a beautiful person. If the Martians ever land here, this is the guy I want to send to go talk to them — to represent the human race.”
(snip)
“My biggest [role] was to tear down the negativity people have about him,” Miller says. “He was very open to ideas from the front office [in Cincinnati] — as much as we wanted him to be. He’s still an old-school guy, and he’s still going to go by his gut and listen to his players.

“But he believes in sabermetrics more than the sabermetrics people believe that these are humans playing the game and that some things can’t be measured.”

Jim Furtado Posted: February 13, 2016 at 08:18 AM | 196 comment(s)
  Beats: dusty baker, managers, nationals

Thursday, February 04, 2016

Bobby Cox endorses Eddie Perez as MLB manager | MLB.com

Bobby likes Eddie.

“Eddie is really a plus on any team. He would be a plus managing someday,” Cox said. “He’s still got young kids in high school and the family. He’s such a big family guy, and it’s hard for him to leave Atlanta right now. But I think in a couple years, he’ll be able to do that or whatever. He’s Major League managerial material, for sure.”

Jim Furtado Posted: February 04, 2016 at 09:43 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: bobby cox, braves, eddie perez, managers

Friday, December 11, 2015

Sarris: Managers on the Evolution of Their Role

Q: “What has changed about managing? How are the demands on the modern manager different than they once were?”
Mike SciLoLscia: “I hope not. I think a manager is a manager.”

Andy Green, San Diego: I think it always comes back to communication, meaning connecting with the guys. As the players evolve and generations change, the way a manager connects is different. It’s always been about understanding how to communicate a message and draw out what’s inside a player, and create an environment that gives them the best opportunity to succeed.

I think what data we choose to look at has evolved. I’ve always been analytically inclined. In my background in the minor league, I paid attention to every manager that was at the forefront of the game. Like Tony La Russa looking at platoon splits, and matching up in the bullpen, and now we are looking at spin rates and bat paths and grouping matchups. It’s evolved, but every manager that is worth his salt is looking for whatever edge he can find. The edges have changed, and it takes more people now to run a team as well as you can, because there’s so much more information now than there used to be. ...

Robin Ventura, Chicago White Sox: Yeah, the more technology, the more you’re dealing with that. I think you have video. Guys get video. You’re dealing with just the suddenness and the impact of a social media that creates a different element for a player.

For me, it doesn’t — that part doesn’t matter as much, but players care about that stuff. They’re younger players, and they’re coming up at a different age of how technology was created in their lifetime. At a younger age, it’s all about they want instant gratification or instant news or instant feedback. It becomes a little bit different.

JEe (Jason) Posted: December 11, 2015 at 02:17 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: andy green, managers, mike scioscia, robin ventura

Tuesday, December 08, 2015

Baseball’s Most Handsome Managers | HardballTalk

It’s time for Craig to get all dreamy eyed again.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 08, 2015 at 05:11 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: managers

 

 

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