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Tuesday, October 23, 2018

The manager gets the spotlight, but the front office runs the show now

It’s worth noting that the World Series, which opens Tuesday night at Fenway Park in Boston, features two managers who had never held the position until they accepted the jobs they currently have. Dave Roberts was a coach with the San Diego Padres when the Los Angeles Dodgers hired him the winter before the 2016 season. His performance thus far: three division titles, back-to-back National League pennants - with a world championship still a possibility.


Alex Cora was a coach when the Houston Astros won last year’s World Series, after which he took over the Boston Red Sox. All he did for a debut was win more games than any manager in the 118-year history of the franchise then open the postseason with seven victories in nine tries against a pair of 100-win teams.

So the modern baseball formula, it would seem: Build a superior roster, then hand it to someone who has never done the job.

Some thoughts on managing- I’ll leave it to the rest of you to debate how much of this is common knowledge.

 

QLE Posted: October 23, 2018 at 07:06 AM | 1 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: alex cora, dave roberts, managers

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