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Saturday, February 05, 2011

MLB: Julio Franco hoping for big league managing gig

Didn’t the Cincinnati Kelly’s Killers initially want him as a player/manager?

Fit and trim at the age of 52, former Major Leaguer Julio Franco is probably in better physical condition than many of the Venezuelan players whom he manages.

In fact, the baseball marvel might be in better shape than many of the players on any of the four rosters at this week’s Caribbean Series at Isidoro Garcia Stadium.

...You can argue that the beginning of Franco’s managerial career started before his playing career ended. The first-year skipper says he learned how to manage by watching former managers Bobby Cox and Willie Randolph operate, when he was a bench player with the Braves and Mets during the final years as a player.

“I’ve always said I wanted to manage in the Major Leagues when my career was over,” said Franco, who retired after the 2007 season. “I spent my last seven years on the bench learning, and now I can put that knowledge into action.”

Repoz Posted: February 05, 2011 at 04:53 AM | 12 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Avoid Running At All Times- S. Paige Posted: February 05, 2011 at 05:32 AM (#3743841)
I can't be the only one who was disappointed by the words "managing gig" in the headline.
   2. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: February 05, 2011 at 05:39 AM (#3743842)
Please, please, please let him manage in a full tweed suit and a flat straw hat.
   3. RollingWave Posted: February 05, 2011 at 06:06 AM (#3743849)
is there rules that coachs and managers must be in baseball uniform? didn't some manage in suits in the old days?
   4. Bhaakon Posted: February 05, 2011 at 09:37 AM (#3743876)
is there rules that coachs and managers must be in baseball uniform? didn't some manage in suits in the old days?


I can't say for certain, but even if there's no rule explicitly banning managers from wearing a suit, they might run afoul of the official uniform manufacturer (as happened to former 49er's coach Mike Nolan, who had to wear a specially made Reebok-branded suit on the sidelines to meet the NFL's contractual obligations). They've come down on a couple managers for wearing pullovers and hoodies over their uniforms (Francona and Maddon, IIRC), but they're fairly arbitrary about it, and I'm not sure if they've done it because those managers were "out of uniform" or because the commissioner's office just thought wearing a hoodie on a hot summer night looked unprofessional (in which case a suit wouldn't necessarily be verboten).
   5. Greg K Posted: February 05, 2011 at 11:02 AM (#3743879)
didn't some manage in suits in the old days?

Who was the last to do so? Connie Mack?
   6. msilva177 Posted: February 05, 2011 at 03:33 PM (#3743945)
...You can argue that the beginning of Franco’s managerial career started before his playing career ended. The first-year skipper says he learned how to manage by watching former managers Bobby Cox and Willie Randolph operate, when he was a bench player with the Braves and Mets during the final years as a player


Is learning under the tutelage of Willie Randolph a good thing? From watching Willie everyday, its clear Franco will be deficient in bullpen management, paranoid with reporters, and generally dour.
   7. Randy Jones Posted: February 05, 2011 at 03:45 PM (#3743951)
Is learning under the tutelage of Willie Randolph a good thing? From watching Willie everyday, its clear Franco will be deficient in bullpen management, paranoid with reporters, and generally dour.


He could have learned what not to do by watching Willie. You can learn from other people's mistakes as well as your own.
   8. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: February 05, 2011 at 03:46 PM (#3743952)
didn't some manage in suits in the old days?


Who was the last to do so? Connie Mack?

Mack and Burt Shotton both managed in 1950 in civvies
   9. Tom Nawrocki Posted: February 05, 2011 at 04:16 PM (#3743973)
I could be wrong, but my understanding is that you're not permitted on the field if you're not in uniform. So you can sit on the bench and run the team in your fine Armani suit, but you can't go out to talk to your pitcher or throw a base at Hunter Wendelstedt.
   10. Nasty Nate Posted: February 05, 2011 at 04:30 PM (#3743992)
Managers in the best shape of their careers are the new market inefficiency!
   11. PreservedFish Posted: February 05, 2011 at 04:37 PM (#3744001)
I have a dim memory of this: the A's were in throwback uniforms once, and Art Howe wanted to wear a Connie Mackish suit and Lyle Lanley-style hat. MLB only allowed him to carry out the lineup cards so dressed - he had to switch into a player's uniform for the actual game.
   12. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: February 05, 2011 at 04:44 PM (#3744010)
I could be wrong, but my understanding is that you're not permitted on the field if you're not in uniform.

as outlined in this THT article, that was one of the criticisms of Shotton (especially by Dick Young). Because he wasn't in uniform, he had to send one of his coaches out to argue with the umps

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