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Friday, January 17, 2020

Where will MLB’s scandal-stricken teams turn for new managers?

From a handheld device, bouncing along radio waves, caroming off big metal towers dressed as trees, the text message arrived here Thursday morning: “We are truly a mess.”

It’d be a fair assumption the sentiment rode along with others just like it, tapped out of frustration in places such as Houston and New York and Boston, fluttering along the horizon and recalling a day — just Sunday, for one — in which their baseball franchises seemed sturdy enough. Maybe not in Houston. But the others.

Today, two months after the saga began and one month before the first fungo bat is swung, the Astros, Mets and Red Sox do not know who their field managers are, the Astros don’t even have a guy who usually chooses the manager, and the sign-stealing scandal that once looked like it might divert a single franchise appears to be only just gaining momentum.

The next domino could be another team. The next domino could be 10 or 15 more teams, and the crisis that was one or two organizations cheating their way to championships inches toward the more chilling scenario that, other than the championships, the Astros and Red Sox were not the exceptions.

If all else fails, I’ll take the job.

 

QLE Posted: January 17, 2020 at 12:18 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: dirty rotten cheaters, managers, shame and scandal

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

‘Strategy Is Sacred’: MLB Managers Weigh in on New Pitching Rule

SAN DIEGO — The Big 3 free-agent sweepstakes, the Astros sign-stealing investigation and the election of two new Hall of Famers dominated the news cycle at last week’s Winter Meetings.

And in the same press conference that he addressed these page-one topics, commissioner Rob Manfred said he expects the proposed rule changes from last offseason will be implemented for the 2020 season, among them a three-batter minimum rule for pitchers per appearance unless they record the last out of an inning first.

These new rules also include adding a 26th man to the active roster, limiting roster expansion in September to 28 players and returning the duration a player must spend on the injured list from 10 to 15 days.

All of the changes will impact every team but none has the potential to affect the game quite like the three-batter minimum. The purpose of the rule is to eliminate some of the inaction that comes with every manager stroll out to the mound, every jog (or cart ride) in the from the bullpen and every set of warm-up pitches thrown before play resumes. How much dead time this rule will actually slash is debatable—relief appearances of one or two batters hit an 11-year low in 2019, in part because analytics has de-emphasized platoon pitching matchups—but there’s no question that it limits how managers can use their pitching staff each game.

In case any of you were wondering why more substantive change in MLB seems to be impossible…..

 

QLE Posted: December 18, 2019 at 01:57 AM | 186 comment(s)
  Beats: managers, pitching change, rule changes

Friday, December 06, 2019

Ahoy, San Diego: 2019 Winter Meetings Preview

Commentary on what to expect from the Winter Meetings- here is a sample of this approach:

Major League Baseball vs. Minor League Baseball

One thing a lot of people don’t know about the Winter Meetings is that it’s put on, primarily, by Minor League Baseball as an organization and the vast majority of the people on the ground at the Winter Meetings either run or work for or are trying to sell stuff to minor league teams. Almost every team’s owner comes and brings along some staffers. Coaches, trainers, scouts, and other team employees who spend most of their year out in the bushes as opposed to back at the big club’s home base attend meetings and hobnob with one another.

Normally that’s all pretty routine. This year, however, it probably won’t be thanks to Rob Manfred’s plan to contract 42 minor league clubs and rearrange a great many more of them across levels and leagues.

As we noted earlier today, that scheme has set off a political firestorm and is no doubt the top agenda item and point of concern for every single minor league official and employee at the Winter Meetings. There are, reportedly, already meetings going on in San Diego about all of this. Expect some news about it at any point in the next week. At this point I’d expect anything from Manfred totally scrapping the plan, to him doubling down on it, to reports of general acrimony and possible legal action and everything in between.

 

QLE Posted: December 06, 2019 at 11:21 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: business, free agents, hall of fame, managers, minor leagues, rule 5 draft, trades, winter meetings

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Mike Matheny to be Royals new manager | MLB.com

A press conference to introduce Matheny is scheduled for 1 p.m. CT today at Kauffman Stadium.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 31, 2019 at 11:37 AM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: managers, mike matheny, royals

Friday, October 25, 2019

Philadelphia Phillies to hire Joe Girardi as new manager

The Philadelphia Phillies have made a decision on their new manager. Just weeks after dismissing Gabe Kapler following two seasons, the Phillies are hiring former New York Yankees skipper Joe Girardi, signing him to a three-year deal with a club option.

Girardi, 55, comes with a wealth of managerial experience—something Kapler lacked. He spent a decade guiding the Yankees, and before that a season with the then-Florida Marlins. Collectively, he’s won 55.4 percent of his regular-season games, as well as the 2009 American League pennant and, subsequently, the World Series.

When Girardi was fired by the Yankees after the 2017 season, the rumored explanation was that he had trouble relating to today’s ballplayer. The validity of that assertion is unclear. Girardi, who has since worked in a television capacity, was arguably the favorite for the Cincinnati Reds job last winter before he withdrew from the process. The Reds later hired longtime big-league third baseman David Bell instead.

Girardi had been one of three rumored finalists, alongside Buck Showalter and Dusty Baker. Clearly the Phillies were interested in hiring a veteran skipper. That predilection makes sense given the rule of thumb about teams hiring the opposite of their former manager.

Best wishes for Girardi, in what could be a rather difficult situation indeed…..

 

QLE Posted: October 25, 2019 at 12:22 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: joe girardi, managers, phillies

Padres hire Jayce Tingler as manager as Preller downplays experience factor

A.J. Preller got his man.

With Jayce Tingler, Preller will make his stand.

That’s the reality for the Padres, their general manager and the man who will be their 21st manager.

The team on Thursday tabbed the 38-year-old Tingler to replace Andy Green, who was fired on Sept. 21 near the end of his fourth season.

Well, I doubt any of us expected this…..

 

QLE Posted: October 25, 2019 at 12:14 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: jayce tingler, managers, padres

Tuesday, October 01, 2019

Theo Epstein: David Ross ‘1 of Many Candidates’ for Cubs Job After Maddon Exit

As the Chicago Cubs search for a new manager after letting Joe Maddon go, president of baseball operations Theo Epstein said former catcher David Ross is a target.

“He’s on our broad list of candidates,” Epstein said Monday, per NBC Sports Chicago’s Tim Stebbins. “He’s one of many candidates.”

Epstein said experience will be a consideration but not a “determining factor,” per ESPN’s Jesse Rogers.

“David Ross has a lot of great things going for him,” he said. “His connection to the players on this team, and especially his connection to the 2016 team, are not necessarily assets that distinguish him or are important to us. ... Ross is an attractive candidate, and he’s going to be evaluated on the merits.”

Candidate in the sense of a certain interview, or candidate in the sense that he’ll submit his CV and then hear nothing until they’ve actually hired someone months later?

QLE Posted: October 01, 2019 at 12:45 AM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, david ross, managers

Sunday, September 29, 2019

Joe Maddon and nine other MLB managers on the hot seat

On Sunday, 20 MLB teams will play their final game of the 2019 season.

By Monday, half of those teams could be looking for a new manager.

That’s how much turnover is possible in the managerial ranks.

Some teams have already made the decision to go in another direction. Others are weighing their options. And others still are rumored to be basing their decisions on who becomes available.

A consideration of managers, just before the merry-go-round could begin moving.


Monday, August 19, 2019

Boswell - Dave Martinez Did Sean Doolittle No Favors

For 50 years, managers usually have called on their closers when they led by three runs or fewer. That is, except for the thousands of times when the closer was not the closer because the manager decided to be the manager.

Ever since the Nats bolstered their bullpen, Martinez should have been looking for every way to give Doolittle a lighter load instead of using him eight times in 14 games. The reasons are longer than a fungo bat.

Doolittle was on pace to throw 21 percent more pitches than he ever has in his career — 930 so far this season compared with 1,020 in 2013, the only full season in his career when he has stayed off the IL.

#FireDeivi

Bote Man Posted: August 19, 2019 at 07:43 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: closers, injuries, managers, nationals

 

 

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