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Saturday, November 30, 2019

Mike Piazza taking cues from Tommy Lasorda for Italy’s team

ROME (AP) — When Mike Piazza was hired to manage Italy’s national baseball team, one of the first people he shared the news with was Tommy Lasorda.

Now 92, the former Los Angeles Dodgers manager had persuaded Piazza to switch from first base to catcher at the start of what would be a Hall of Fame career.

“His style may be a little dated for lack of a better term, but he was very inspiring and the way he ran the team was he inspired you to achieve more than you thought you were capable of achieving,” Piazza said of his mentor, a fellow Italian-American. “So that’s the one thing I want to bring in.”

The 51-year-old Piazza, who was born in Norristown, Pennsylvania, holds dual American and Italian citizenship. While the contract for Piazza’s first managing job expires at the end of next year, Piazza is expected to remain with Italy at least through the 2021 World Baseball Classic.

If Tommy Lasorda is dumber than ten dogs, how dumb does that make Piazza?

 

QLE Posted: November 30, 2019 at 09:44 PM | 37 comment(s)
  Beats: managing, mike piazza, tommy lasorda

Friday, October 04, 2019

Joe Girardi is interested in the Cubs job. Or any job for that matter.

Joe Girardi tells 670 The Score in Chicago that, sure, he’d listen if the Cubs gave him a call. Actually, he’d listen if any team gave him a call:

“When you look at managing in Major League Baseball, there are only so many jobs, so obviously anything that comes across your desk, you’re going to be interested in . . . obviously I have a lot of ties to Chicago [but] any job out there is going to interest me, because I would like to manage again . . . I’ve made it known that I would like to manage again, so you kind of wait and see what happens in this process. There’s a lot of jobs open, more than I remember in the past, and there could be some more. So we’ll see what happens.”

I read that not as desperate but matter-of-fact. And pretty reasonable. Girardi was not everyone’s cup of tea as the Yankees manager — he had some issues with some of the club’s younger players towards the end there — but he was obviously successful in New York and, unlike a lot of today’s newer breed of inexperienced managers, is pretty adept at handling a bullpen. Even with today’s preference for recently-retired players who are seen more as men tasked with carrying out the front office’s orders as opposed to, you know, managing, it’d be strange if Girardi never got another shot at this.

You and me both- here’s hoping your search goes better than mine has…..

 

QLE Posted: October 04, 2019 at 12:16 AM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: joe girardi, managing

Wednesday, October 02, 2019

MLB’s best managers tell you how to win in October

Baseball is smarter than ever, so the path to winning a baseball game in 2019 isn’t as linear as it used to be.

And how to win a baseball game in October? Well, that’s a task that MLB front offices obsess over like they’re doctors in a laboratory.

Baseball’s information age has made it such that the old formula isn’t the only formula. Feared starting pitchers, hitters that get on base and middle-of-the-order boppers who can hit the ball over the fence — those things still work. But modern baseball teams, in their neverending quest to get an edge, have employed some tactics that startle fans who have watched the games for decades.

Strikeouts aren’t as frowned upon if they lead to home runs, relievers sometimes start games and a starting pitcher going five innings is sometimes good enough.

 

 

QLE Posted: October 02, 2019 at 01:03 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: managing, playoffs

 

 

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