We will solely hope the Mets’ managerial hiring course of is an entire lot cleaner and smoother than the unseemly approach the dismissal of Terry Collins was dealt with. For what it’s value, individuals observed.
Of the so-far most talked about listing of potential Met supervisor candidates — Bob Geren, Joe McEwing, Chip Hale, Alex Cora, Robin Ventura, Kevin Lengthy — three of them — Geren, Hale and Ventura — have earlier managerial expertise. Sadly for all of them, the expertise ended badly. When Geren was fired by the A’s in 2011, the clubhouse, notably the aid pitchers, was in a state of riot. In his two years as Diamondbacks supervisor, Hale reportedly clashed internally with Arizona’s baseball operations chief, Tony LaRussa. And whereas Ventura was universally appreciated and revered by the complete White Sox group, the staff merely underperformed for him.
I’m unsure how actual the Lengthy candidacy is, if solely as a result of I can’t see Sandy Alderson, a robust analytics man, shifting his batting coach, with no expertise in any respect in operating a ballgame, into the supervisor’s chair. However, McEwing, the White Sox bench coach, and Cora, the Astros bench coach, are the 2 scorching names on this low season supervisor derby and have each gotten robust endorsements from their current golf equipment.
“We love Tremendous Joe,” White Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf stated of McEwing earlier this week by telephone. “I’ve little question he’ll make a superb supervisor and I don’t need to lose him. However on the similar time, we will’t stand in his method, identical to years in the past we couldn’t stand in the best way of Jim Leyland when he was our bench coach and left us for the Pirates.”
Sandy Alderson’s subsequent managerial rent is crucial to Mets’ future
There are two different managerial vacancies apart from the Mets — the Tigers and Phillies — and there might very nicely be one other if John Farrell’s Purple Sox get bounced early within the postseason. In all probability, McEwing and Cora will probably be in demand for all of them. Or no less than they need to be, relying on whether or not the analytics journey them up. They each deliver a freshness and a lift of power to the job.
We all know the place Alderson is on analytics and the GM in Philly, Matt Klentac, is obsessed by them, to the purpose that he fired all of the Phillies veteran scouts, which in flip has prompted Corridor-of-Fame GM and senior advisor Pat Gillick, a champion of the scouts, to…