It’s a good sign
Me, back in “And weâ€™ll know Zduriencik from his off-season”
Iâ€™ve always favored hiring someone with a lot of managerial experience, even if thatâ€™s in the minors. The failure rate of coach conversions is remarkably high. Thereâ€™s no reason to risk it: there are tons of qualified candidates in the minors whoâ€™ve been grinding it out, and theyâ€™ve already dealt with more clubhouse madness than they could talk about.
The man himself, in an MLB.com story:
“I do think what we’re looking for is the best possible person,” Zduriencik said. “You know you have to start somewhere. It can be a guy who was a Minor League manager or a Major League coach. I’m not opposed to hiring somebody that has no Major League experience.”
“Joe [Maddon] is a good story because he was a longtime Minor League manager,” Zduriencik said.
I’m glad to hear this, if only to know that he’s open to candidates who aren’t retreads. It’s a good sign.