Derek’s breakdown of the candidates is quite thorough and well done, and I believe the commenters mentioned every person with a pulse who has ever been involved in baseball. Reading through all the suggestions, though, I noticed one common theme;
As a fanbase, we don’t have any idea what we want as a manager. We know what we don’t want, but ask for specific strengths, and the answers are all over the board. Complicating matters even more, the few things that we would like in our new skipper, we have no idea how to evaluate ahead of time. The analysis supporting most suggestions hinges on a winning record with the last team that fired him. However, we’re ignoring the fact that the guy we just fired had a winning record last year, and we all clearly agree that it wasn’t an indication of good managerial qualities.
Rather than supporting Cito Gaston because he won a few world series (even Bob Brenly won one…), Larry Dierker because he’s a good writer (whose players hate him), or Dan Rohn because we liked what he did with Tacoma, I’d like to see people explain how their candidate will help the Mariners. Be specific. What traits does your candidate possess that is actually going to improve the team, and how do you know he has those traits?
Evaluating managers is mostly beyond our grasp right now. I’m of the opinion that we’re basically just guessing, and we really have little idea who would or wouldn’t make a good hire. Personally, I’m just rooting against Larry Bowa and Jimy Williams and am ambivolent on just about everyone else. Sometimes, it’s okay to plead ignorance. When it comes to figuring out which managers are going to be successful at the major league level, even the teams haven’t figured it out, and they have exponentially more information than we do. Barring an obvious debacle (like Bowa), I’m just giving Bavasi the benefit of the doubt on this one, and let’s all hope it works out.