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Saturday, October 03, 2015

The Managerial Meddling Index, 2015 Edition «

The overall index doesn’t mean much but the components are very interesting.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 03, 2015 at 09:42 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: managers, sabermetrics

Sunday, September 27, 2015

5 reasons Al Avila gave for retaining Brad Ausmus as Detroit Tigers manager |

I’m sure his dreamyness is a factor.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 27, 2015 at 08:05 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: brad ausmus, managers, tigers

Wednesday, September 23, 2015 Baker, Acta candidates to be Marlins manager in ‘16

As the Marlins enter their final homestand of the season, the organization already is weighing its managerial candidates for 2016. Miami is seeking an experienced manager, and a source told that Dusty Baker is a very strong candidate.

Swedish Chef Posted: September 23, 2015 at 08:33 AM | 38 comment(s)
  Beats: dusty baker, managerial search, managers, marlins

Pete Mackanin extended, will be Phillies manager in 2016

Looks like 2016 will be a Re-Pete for Phillies fans.

When Ryne Sandberg stepped down from his post as Phillies manager earlier this season, Pete Mackanin was named as the interim manager. Tuesday, the Phillies announced that he will be the manager for the 2016 season.

“The Phillies are pleased that Pete has accepted the position of manager for the 2016 season,” said Andy MacPhail, new club president, in a statement. “We believe that Pete is the best fit for the role. Since assuming the interim manager position in June, Pete has developed an excellent rapport with our players and has also connected well with the media and our fans. Equally as important is his eagerness to take on the challenge of rebuilding the team and further developing our players. We look forward to his contributions.”

Taking over a 26-48 team in the midst of a rebuild, Mackanin has gone 30-46.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 23, 2015 at 08:33 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: managers, pete mackanin, phillies

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Skippers learning on job brings mixed results |

Notes from the Cowboy.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 12, 2015 at 02:15 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur draft, managers, notes, reds, rockies

Friday, September 11, 2015

Wednesday, September 09, 2015

SJ Mercury: A’s announce two-year extension for manager Bob Melvin

One of the nice things about having next to no media presence is that there’s next to no pressure to fire somebody just because.

A’s players have missed 949 games this season, up from 823 last season, and the number will approach 1,100 if none of the five players currently on the disabled list return to the field. The bullpen ERA is 4.51 (up from 2.91 in 2014) and home runs are down to 117 (for 156 a year ago with Josh Donaldson and Brandon Moss).

Beane and his chief deputy, David Forst, are expected to get new titles in the coming weeks, although Wolff said ``at this point I don’t expect anything to happen on that until after the season, when we can see where we are.’‘

Commissioner Bud Black Beltre Hillman Posted: September 09, 2015 at 07:09 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: billy beane, bob melvin, managers, oakland a's

Monday, September 07, 2015

Is there a way to quantify how good managers are?

Regressed wins are useful, but I think it’s worth considering that assessing the performance of managers isn’t one of those situations: The context of their decisions is nearly everything. A bad manager can cost his team real, actual, printed-in-the-newspaper wins. That shouldn’t be ignored in favor of a broader, context-neutral look at their performance.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 07, 2015 at 10:08 AM | 44 comment(s)
  Beats: managers

Column: Maybe Clint Hurdle of Pittsburgh Pirates isn’t an idiot

Dejan Kovacevic likes him; he really likes him.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 07, 2015 at 07:04 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: clint hurdle, managers, pirates

Thursday, September 03, 2015

Baseball’s Next Generation of Managers

Welcome back.

Gabe Kapler: Kapler currently serves as the Los Angeles Dodgers director of player development, his first year in the position. He spent 12 seasons in the big leagues after being selected in the 57th round of the 1995 amateur draft, a round that doesn’t exist anymore. Work ethic and determination to beat the odds to succeed was something Gabe never lacked. I witnessed this first hand as a teammate in Detroit and then again as a broadcasting partner at FOX.

In 2007, Kapler took a year off from playing to manage the Single-A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox before resuming his career in 2008. He was a part of the 2004 World Series championship team in Boston. Some notable managers he has played under include Terry Francona, Joe Maddon and Clint Hurdle.

Kapler’s affection for advanced metrics is well known. Combine that with his natural ability to lead and he’s an ideal candidate in today’s version of major league baseball. With Gabe it’s not a matter of “if” he will manage a big-league team, it’s a matter of “when.” 

Gabe may want to stay in his current role with the Dodgers for now, but if reports are accurate and the Dodgers decide to let current manager Don Mattingly leave for Miami, Kapler could slide in to the lead role in Los Angeles without missing a step.

The ideal situation for him would be something similar to what AJ Hinch walked into with Houston this year: An analytic-heavy organization that is close to winning.


RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 03, 2015 at 10:25 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: alex cora, gabe kapler, joe mcewing, managers, raul ibanez, todd greene

Japan Times: Taguchi hopes to realize dream of managing in U.S.

Well, I think he has a better chance than Tsuyoshi Shinjo does…

Former big leaguer So Taguchi has been touted as a candidate to manage the Pacfic League’s Orix Buffaloes next year and does dreams of managing one day — but in the United States rather than Japan.

“My final dream is to manage over there, be the first Japanese,” he told Kyodo News on Friday at Tokyo Dome. “I’ve held on to that final dream all this time. I don’t know how things will actually turn out, of course.”


vortex of dissipation Posted: September 03, 2015 at 03:15 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: japan, managers

Friday, August 21, 2015

Cal Ripken Jr. says he had ‘serious discussions’ about becoming Nats manager - The Washington Post

“Certainly there was an exploration and some conversation about it very early,” Ripken said then. “I came down to a couple Nationals games for different reasons, and the conversation between me and Mike Rizzo, he jokingly said he’s got to replace a manager. So I said, who’s your candidates? And he said, well how about you? And so we kind of explored it on a surface level, but it never got to a serious consideration.”

Jim Furtado Posted: August 21, 2015 at 08:33 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: cal ripken jr, managers, nationals

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Which managers are most likely to get canned? | FOX Sports

Managers on the hot seat.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 13, 2015 at 01:14 PM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: managers

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Who is MLB’s best manager? The survey says ... surveyed 50 scouts, front-office executives, big league coaches and media analysts and asked them to select the game’s best managers in a multitude of categories. The overall winner: Bochy, whose three world championships in five seasons have put him on a Hall of Fame track and raised him above the crowd.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 14, 2015 at 08:35 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: managers

The MLB manager tree

I remember Bill James writing up something like this.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 14, 2015 at 08:34 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: managers

Friday, July 03, 2015

Who is baseball’s best manager? The survey says ...

Arizona Diamondbacks general manager Dave Stewart pinpointed his team’s biggest obstacle during Major League Baseball’s GM meetings in November. “You know the challenge with beating the Giants?’’ Stewart said. “It’s Bruce Bochy. He’s the key to that team. We would need him to be kidnapped and taken away someplace for us to have an opportunity.’‘

Jacob Posted: July 03, 2015 at 04:24 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: bruce bochy, buck showalter, joe maddon, managers, terry francona

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Did lack of player development lead to Bud Black’s firing? | FOX Sports

Firing the manager is easy. Building a winner is hard.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 17, 2015 at 10:49 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: bud black, managers, padres, pat murphy

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Murphy named Padres’ interim manager |

The Dave Roberts era is officially over.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 16, 2015 at 03:00 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: dave roberts, managers, padres, pat murphy

Monday, June 15, 2015

San Diego Padres likely looking for sizzle in Bud Black’s successor | FOX Sports

So, what if the Dodgers’ Joc Pederson had not made that amazing catch on a potential game-winning hit by the Padres’ Justin Upton with two on and two outs in the ninth on Sunday?
Would a dramatic victory and series triumph over the rival Dodgers have mattered to the Padres’ itchy ownership? Or would they have just gone ahead and fired Bud Black as manager anyway?

Jim Furtado Posted: June 15, 2015 at 06:05 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: bud black, managers, padres

Monday, June 08, 2015

Baseball’ Flawed Genius Reviewed

Simon says You Can Call Me… Billy

The meat of the book is Martin’s stormy managerial career. Martin was clearly a managerial descendant of Casey Stengel, there’s a little Chuck Dressen influence there, too. At least that’s what Martin said at some point. You could make a peak argument for Martin being one of the best, if not the best managers of all time.

fra paolo Posted: June 08, 2015 at 11:49 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: managers

Saturday, May 23, 2015

MLB needs more minority managers; a list of the best available candidates -

What! No Asian Americans, Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islanders, or American Indian and Alaska Natives on the list?

Jim Furtado Posted: May 23, 2015 at 07:06 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: managers

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

San Diego’s handling of Triple-A skipper Murphy highly unusual

Pat Murphy is the Padres’ Triple-A manager. The Brewers want to hire him as a major-league coach. And the Padres have balked at letting him go.

A simple case of a team valuing an employee? Perhaps. But some in the industry view the Padres’ actions as highly unusual — and perhaps a sign that the Pads want Murphy to replace manager Bud Black or, at the very least, join the team’s coaching staff.

The Padres’ 20-20 record is fueling industry-wide speculation that Black could be in trouble. Ownership expects to win after opening the season with a club-record $109 million payroll. General manager A.J. Preller is in his first full season, and like ownership, inherited Black.

One Padres official, however, said that the team’s desire to keep Murphy is not a reflection on Black’s status. Rather, the Padres consider Murphy an “impact guy,” even though he is only at Triple-A, the official said.
A rival executive expressed skepticism with those claims.

“(Murphy) must have been made promises — big ones,” the executive said.


RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 20, 2015 at 09:34 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: a.j. preller, brewers, bud black, coaching, managers, padres, pat murphy

Monday, May 18, 2015

Posnanski: The Win Machine

Oh, yes, it was one big looney-tunes adventure in Atlanta. After the eighth straight loss, Bristol gulped: “I’m doing all I can. I just don’t know what else I can do.”

After the 10th straight loss, Turner was admonished by — of all people — George Steinbrenner. “Nobody forced Ted Turner to buy the Braves,” Steinbrenner said. “We’re all over legal age and of reasonable intelligence. And when we bought these teams, we knew what the rules were.”

After the 14th straight loss, Turner said this: “I’ve got a cocked pistol in my hand. Who can I give the Braves to in my last will and testament?”

Turner then skipped out on a sailing vacation to join the team in Pittsburgh and see what the heck was going wrong. He sat behind the Braves dugout and watched his team lose a doubleheader. That made it 16 losses in a row. “I’d do anything to help us win,” a beleaguered Bristol told the press after the game.

Turner could not hold back now. He called Bristol into his hotel room the next day. Bristol fully expected to get fired. But Turner did not fire him. Instead, he told Bristol to take 10 days off, do a little reflection and maybe go scout the minor league teams.

“Who is going to manage the club?” Bristol asked.

“I will,” Ted Turner said.

“He owns the team, that’s his prerogative,” Bristol told reporters after the meeting. “I tried to talk him out of it. It puts a man in a strange position. I must be doing something wrong. I’m going home for a couple of days to take a long hard look at Dave Bristol.”

Turner made it clear from the start — he would be manager in name only. He planned to let his coaches, Vern Benson and Chris Cannizzaro, make most of the baseball decisions. But Ted Turner felt like he knew people, and he wanted to understand what was happening with his players. He was coming to the rescue.

“It seems like I had done all I could sitting up in the stands,” he told reporters. “I wanted to see what it’s like down in the trenches. … When you’re setting records for losing streaks, it doesn’t hurt to change things.”

And then Turner offered another one of his classic quotes: “If things get sour in your love life,” he said, “you go get a new hairdo, don’t you?”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 18, 2015 at 05:17 PM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, joe posnanski, managers, owners, ted turner

Monday, May 11, 2015

Counsell part of managerial group of sweet 16 |

Tracy Ringolsby’s latest.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 11, 2015 at 10:15 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: managers

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