How Things Have Changed
If there was one consistent theme in all of Bill Bavasi’s decision making, it was reliance on track record. He acquired players who had a track record and trusted that they’d eventually just play to the level of their past history. He hired managers who had track records of winning, and they hired coaches who had track records of winning. If you came to any of the USSM events we had with Bavasi, you heard him use the words track record quite a bit.
Well, if rumors are true, Don Wakamatsu’s bench coach is going to be the guy who was in charge of the A’s hitting last year, and his pitching coach is going to be the guy who was second in command for the Rangers pitching.
The A’s had the worst offense in baseball last year. We’re hiring their hitting coach.
The Rangers had the worst run prevention in baseball last year. We’re hiring their bullpen coach.
We really have no idea how these hires will work out, but one thing is for certain – the Mariners certainly aren’t hiring because of track record anymore. And that, in and of itself, is progress.
Results based analysis is outdated. Welcome to the 21st century, Seattle Mariners.