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Saturday, January 25, 2020

Astros manager rumors: Brad Ausmus joins Dusty Baker, Buck Showalter, John Gibbons as candidates for

The Houston Astros aren’t wasting any time when it comes to finding their replacement for former manager A.J. Hinch, who was ousted in the wake of the team’s sign-stealing scandal last Monday. After the club was reportedly connected to former Blue Jays manager John Gibbons and former Baltimore Orioles skipper Buck Showalter for the position, another name emerged Friday.

Former Tigers and Angels manager and former Astros catcher Brad Ausmus is now a candidate for the job, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports. Ausmus, 50, spent 10 of his 18 seasons as a player in Houston uniform. He also managed the Tigers for four seasons and led them to a division title in 2014. Ausmus managed the Angels in 2019 and guided them to a disappointing 72-90 record before being let go in favor of Joe Maddon. Across five seasons as a major league manager, Ausmus has a record of 386-422 (.478).

Former Washington Nationals manager Dusty Baker was also set to meet with the club earlier in the week to discuss their managerial vacancy, according to McTaggart.

Astros owner Jim Crane announced the firings of Hinch along with general manager Jeff Luhlow following the completion of Major League Baseball’s investigation and punishment toward the Astros for their high-tech sign-stealing scandal. With less than a month until spring training begins, the clock is ticking for the Astros to find Hinch’s permanent replacement.

Interesting contrast with a certain team off the Back Bay…...

 

QLE Posted: January 25, 2020 at 12:49 AM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, brad ausmus, buck showalter, dusty baker, john gibbons, managerial search

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Potential targets in Astros’ managerial search

HOUSTON—The Astros’ search for a manager to replace AJ Hinch will stretch beyond just bench coach Joe Espada, with owner Jim Crane opening up a national search that will include experienced names like Bruce Bochy, Dusty Baker and Buck Showalter.

Espada, Bochy, Baker and Showalter are among the candidates Crane is considering, a source told MLB.com on Wednesday. Other names on the team’s early list are former Rangers manager Jeff Banister, Cubs third-base coach Will Venable and Dodgers special assistant Raúl Ibañez. KRIV-TV in Houston was the first to report the names.

The Astros are moving quickly in their efforts to replace Hinch, who along with general manager Jeff Luhnow was fired on Monday after MLB had suspended them for one year for their role in the sign-stealing scandal. With only four weeks before pitchers and catchers report to West Palm Beach, Fla., for the start of Spring Training, time is of the essence. The Astros would like to fill both positions by early February, a source said

The Astros, a source said, are expected to hire a manager before they hire a general manager. Crane said Monday he would run the baseball operations until a new GM can be hired. A source says Crane met with the coaching staff Monday at Minute Maid Park for the first time since Hinch and Luhnow were dismissed.

So, if you were in this position, who would you hire?

 


Friday, October 18, 2019

MLB rumors: Phillies narrow manager search to Dusty Baker, Joe Girardi, Buck Showalter

Only a week has passed since the Philadelphia Phillies fired manager Gabe Kapler after two so-so seasons, yet the organization is already closing in on naming a successor. According to Matt Breen of the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Phillies are down to three finalists: Dusty Baker, Joe Girardi, and Buck Showalter. The Phillies will interview all three again in the coming days, and could make a final decision on their choice as soon as next week.

The old rule of thumb is that teams tend to hire the opposite of whomever they just fired. That appears to be the guiding principle here. Whereas Kapler was a rookie manager with iconoclastic aspirations, the trio above are all known quantities who have combined to manage 51 seasons’ worth of regular-season games. Each has their pros and cons.

Baker, 70, would be the oldest manager in baseball. He’s known as a skilled interpersonal communicator who gets the most out of his players. Baker has a preexisting relationship with Bryce Harper, which is likely a plus, and is more open minded about new ideas than he receives credit for being. The downside with Baker is that despite his regular-season success—he has more 90-plus win efforts than sub-.500 seasons—he’s never enjoyed much postseason success, having mustered only one World Series appearance.

Who would you hire if you ran the Phillies?

QLE Posted: October 18, 2019 at 12:27 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: buck showalter, dusty baker, joe girardi, managerial search, phillies

Wednesday, October 09, 2019

MLB rumors: Ex-Yankees manager Buck Showalter, Phillies have ‘mutual interest’ ...

It’s been nine days since the MLB regular season ended and the Philadelphia Phillies still haven’t decided what they are doing with manager Gabe Kapler. Owner John Middleton is taking his time deciding if Kapler should return for a third season. But that isn’t stopping the rumor mill from guessing who could replace Kapler in the dugout if the Phillies decide to make a move.

Which brings us to this report by Matt Gelb of The Athletic:

“This all makes Buck Showalter an intriguing figure. While a search for a potential replacement for Kapler would not be limited to Showalter, the two sides have a mutual interest, according to multiple sources. There are no indications Showalter, 63, would be the leading candidate. .. Showalter is familiar with the Phillies front office. Team president Andy MacPhail hired Showalter in Baltimore. Phillies general manager Matt Klentak and his trusted assistant general manager, Ned Rice, both worked with Showalter in Baltimore as lower-level baseball operations employees. Those connections are important, but not an assured precursor to another marriage. Both sides know what worked before and what did not; the Orioles, during Showalter’s time, were not a team that embraced data as the Phillies now do.”

That’s right. The report says the Phillies are interested in Showalter, even though they haven’t fired Kapler, who went 161-163 in his two seasons as skipper.

Certain aspects of Showalter’s management style and the Phillies fan base- this could get rather entertaining for the rest of us indeed…..

 

 

QLE Posted: October 09, 2019 at 12:15 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: buck showalter, phillies, rumors

 

 

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