The Manager Pool
My lead in the $10,000 Scholarship Voting is under 3,000 votes for the first time in several days. I liked my cushion. If you haven’t voted yet, please do so. It helps me sleep at night.
As we go through the week of interviews, we’re going to read a lot of stuff about the potential managers. We got the obligatory Joey Cora stories this morning, and we’ll probably see more as the candidates finish out. And, honestly, no matter who they hire, I’m not going to have a strong opinion one way or another. Evaluating managers is tough enough even after we’ve watched them handle problems, put together rosters, make tactical decisions, but when you don’t have any of that, taking a stance on whether a guy is a good or bad hire seems a bit foolish.
I will say this, though – I’m encouraged by the process of who they selected to interview. They got two Red Sox coaches after trying for three. They got an A’s coach and a D’Backs coach. More than half of the guys on the list are currently working in organizations that are decidedly forward thinking. Now, obviously, not every coach is going to agree with everything the front office does, so just working for one of these clubs doesn’t make you a genius, but it does mean that they’ve been previously vetted and approved by people who are running an organization the right way.
There’s no real way for any of us to know if these guys will make good or bad managers. We just don’t have enough information to have a real opinion. However, the fact that we have a pool of manager candidates that mostly comes from good organizations, and the fact that there’s not an emphasis on experience and track record, has to be encouraging. It is to me, at least.
I feel like, for the first time in four or five years, the organization is trying to evaluate the future rather than putting together a collection of guys with past success and hoping it perpetuates itself.
I like that feeling.
Quick Edit: According to Baker, “For the record, (Chip Hale) thought the Erik Bedard trade was a good one for the M’s and made sense.” Chip Hale moves to the bottom of the list. Honestly, that should be an exclusionary question – if you think the Erik Bedard trade made sense, you don’t get a position of any authority in this organization. Recognizing that deal as a disaster of player valuation should be a requirement for anyone coming into any kind of power in Seattle.