Manager Merry-Go-Round

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Who is going to replace Mattingly as the Dodgers next manager?  Here’s a quick list of all those who have been or will be interviewed.  It’s such a long list, forgive me if I forget a few.  It’s the old law of supply and demand.  Currently, there is only one opening in the MLB for a baseball manager.

Dave Martinez

Gabe Kapler

Tim Wallach

Kirk Gibson

Bob Geren

Bud Black

Darin Erstad

Dave Roberts

Ron Roenicke

Enchanted Beaver

Dodger Eric

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Message Bear

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95 thoughts on “Manager Merry-Go-Round

  1. I am so honored by the mention, but I’m probably the last to be selected by Friedman and Zaidi – well, they would be last on my list as well.

    On a serious note, I would go for Black and Wallach.

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  2. To be honest. I don’t have enough information about all the perspective managers. Also, I really don’t have a clear-cut favorite. I’ve always thought they would put Kapler in charge someday…Roberts might display the magic touch though…so who know’s. Certainly not I.

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  3. I have Roberts as my number one choice, if only for the fact that I’d like to see an African American get a shot at managing the team who’s known for signing Jackie Robinson. Other than that, Wallach is my second choice just for the sake of ‘Continuity”.

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  4. It’s an honor for Roberts to be on the list, and I’m not trying to diminish it. However, he seems to be the only African American on that list, and, as you may know, MLB requires that an African American be among people considered for any major management position on all ballclubs. Therefore, whether it’s just a token or real consideration of merit will never be known.

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      • I think a competitive round draft pick is worth more than a second year of Kendrick for an organization who puts a high emphasis on getting younger. Especially with a sense of urgency to win while employing two valuable hurlers such as Kershaw and Greinke. At some point you need to be able to build a solid pitching staff from within your farm system vs free agency. Howard seems to imply that the organization could end up resigning all three of the players they made qualifying offers to, or at best, receiving a much later pick for Anderson?

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        • I say Greinke because he has already shown himself to be a great fit. If you’re gonna sign another valuable arm in 2015 why not go with what’s already working.

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          • My thoughts on Dave Roberts. You’re basically saying that San Diego made a grave mistake in hiring Green if you in turn hire Roberts. If that’s the case why would you interview Black?

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            • I’m not advocating that anyone here give me a hickey and I’m anti-tattoo, at least for my body anyhow. This is just my attempt to think inside this blogs comment box.

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  5. Here’s the deal Yasiel…If you go into Denny’s one more time. You’ll be eating most of your meals in Cleveland next year.
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    Eric Stephen ‏@truebluela
    Andrew Freidman said main focus for Yasiel Puig this offseason is “Putting his body in the position to play 150-plus games.”

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  6. Lettuce hope that if his body is in position to play 150, his head is too to where he doesn’t have to drop his drawers to see the light.

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  7. Interesting article by Howard Cole and I am sure he will be right about some of his predictions. Not quite sure what to make of this managerial search. One would think Friedman and Company has a good idea in what they want and all the interviews are to help them make sure they man they hire thinks the way they do. We all know the long range plan is to get younger and develop players but it appears to me management is in a bit of a conundrum to still put a competitive team on the field while still acting upon the long range goal. Perhaps the fans can be fooled into believing whatever team is on the field next season can win, perhaps not. I also am not sure who I would like as manager from the list but I don’t think I want Kapler. Not quite sure why but I am also not sure I want Roenicke either. I would like to think Roberts could do the job just because I liked him as a player but we all know that is not a good criteria. Black certainly has the experience. Glad I don’t have to make this choice.

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  8. Found this Friedman statement interesting from the team’s homepage: he’s looking for a manager that will adapt to the player personnel, not the other way around. Backhanded slap at Donnie? Donnie certainly struck me as not knowing what to do with the personnel he had, nor how to use them, draw out their strengths, etc.

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    • Friedman said additionally Puig developed some bad mechanical habits overcompensating for his blister. He also said Pederson developed poor mechanical habits to his swing that he was unable to bounce out of during the season.
      I played quite a bit of golf with a slightly injured ankle one summer by keeping my weight on my back foot vs transferring it to the front. When it finally healed I began swinging harder, it took me a while and countless sweeping hooks to get back to the basics.

      “With both those guys, you’re not asking them to change and become someone that they’re not,” Friedman said. “It’s much easier when you’re to trying to figure out how to get someone back to what they were, as opposed to something completely new to them.”
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      Turner credited his success to learning how to hit a pitch out in front of the plate vs deeper in the zone. Turner did say he made these major adjustments in the off-season vs during the season.
      I’m guessing it’s a good thing Donnie and Big Mac left his swing be…

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  9. I’m not sure who I would pick either. I lean towards Roberts, he was a favorite of mine, but in the end I think I would pick Roenicke. I wouldn’t have let Lopes get away and I’d try to get Roberts on board somewhere.

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  10. I’d like to see a manager who can offer support for Puig–not coddling or enabling–just a guy who will bring out the best in him, work with him, listen to him. I really feel Puig had zero support once Ramirez and Uribe were jettisoned.

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  11. So Manfred is concerned about the Dodgers TV deal? Please, if you have any influence then do something. Otherwise, perhaps spend some energy and do away with the All Star game deciding home field advantage for the World Series.

    At first when I read Friedman’s comments, my reaction was he didn’t really say much that was useful. However, reading them again I realized it was silly for anyone to think he was going to tell all of us exactly what he was going to do this offseason. I do agree his comments about Puig and Pederson are more interesting on a second read. I am confident there is a plan that has all sorts of scenarios and we have to hope he and his team are up to the task.

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    • Pedersen was an untouchable; now there’s talk of a platoon in CF. Puig was an untouchable; now he’s deemed a malcontent. Did Mattingly get the absolute best out of these two “once-untouchable” players? Right. And there are those who still believe the managerial parting was mutual. Pedersen/Seager/Urias. Used to be Martin/Loney/Kemp. Dodgers need to get it right this time around and help improve the kids.

      FIX THE TV! Free Vinny!!!!!!!!!!!

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  12. I might be wrong but I think they’ll be changes in the outfield alignment as the season progresses or some kind of a variation of what we saw in 2015. Something tells me things will be different.
    I’m not hoping for it but things won’t be the same.

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  13. If they can fix Pederson and Puig offensively, then I’d like to see an every day lineup of Ethier LF/ Pederson CF / Puig RF. But that’s a big “If”.

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    • I think both Joc & Puig had too much tinkering last season and not enough coaching. That’s all Donnie knew was tinkering. Not sure what McGwire knew except to swing for the fence.

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  14. McGuire was a generation too old to begin with. That would be all right if he had the credentials of an honest established major league notable, but his reputation was tilted with the steroid inference, and it’s always questionable to what extent a proven hitter is also a good teacher. In my mind, I could never understand why they got him in the first place.

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    • I never could understand why, either. Get me a line-drive hitter to teach a level, compact swing. Like Dave Roberts. Or Chase Utley. Pedersen said in an article that, and I paraphrase, “everyone knew the league had adjusted and they were going to throw me fastballs inside. And if I adjusted, they put on a shift.” My question is, if “everyone” knew, why couldn’t Mattingly or McGwire or Valentin or Lopes or Wallach or Bundy help this guy out? Remember, Friedman said he’s looking for a teacher in his next manager. No wonder the FO told every coach to seek employment elsewhere. That said, name ONE Dodger player who got better as the year wore on. Just one.

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    • Pretty sure Ned just looked at who was successful with another club and told McCourt. “That’s who we need.” He never did think of matching coaching philosophies to the personnel he had.

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  15. I just listened to the new announcer (TBLA has a 6 minute clip on the site). I think he’s pretty good. He elevates his voice well with the games increased excitement levels. Somewhat similar to Charley, but with a smoother delivery. He also has a uniquely deep voice. With him being 27, I think it shows that the Gugg’s not only value the youth movement within the game , but from the fan base as well.
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    If you haven’t seen it or heard him… click here for the link.

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  16. I’d like to hear Rick Monday WITHOUT Steiner in the booth. Monday is solid. But throw those two together and you get a bad mix…like two buddies laughing at their own inside jokes. Unlistenable. But not like Vinny, who is unlistenable because Time Warner won’t let us listen.

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    • The majority of Los Angeles may miss Vin Scully’s last season. That is a bigger problem than trying to get the NFL back in Los Angeles. Fix it, Time Warner and Dodgers!

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      • Good point, Crash. If Vin Scully retires after three years lost to his audience, may the Guggs NEVER EVER win a championship, as much as it pains me to say that. Hell, sell the team back to Fox or McCourt!.

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        • Transparent Magic said that this problem wasn’t hurting the brand.

          Further proof that this is the belief:
          They’ve signed another (much younger) broadcaster to a multi-year deal while phasing out Vinny, Nancy (sure these two have reach that time in life when it could be said that they were ready, but I suspect they have also grown tired of the new youth movement) and possibly Charlie. They’ve raised ticket prices due to an overflow of request, while slashing payroll, and shedding years off of the field and coaching staff as a whole. I assume it will cost more to have them entertain your car this season while the game is being played too (They’re smart cars after all, they should feel some need to be entertained and that’s gonna cost more).

          If things are this good without being able to view the team through your local media provider…it’s basically just an added bonus that will come at some point. There’s no urgency to rectify it. At least not to the point of sacrificing any substantial gains they have achieved. Life is Good! Embrace it!

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  17. Time Warner is being acquired by Charter, or at least working on the deal. That probably won’t be accomplished before the start of the season. Needless to say, if Warner couldn’t swing the deal while only they were in charge, they’re not going to make a deal that could affect their bigger deal in offing with Charter. What Charter might do after the acquisition is anybody’s guess. The Dodgers haven’t been inclined to give up any of their benefits of the original deal with Warner. So how is MLB or the people of LA going to do anything different to get the team on TV? Of course, I personally blame the Guggenheims – worthless bastards all.

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  18. I have to wonder how sensitive Dodger ownership/management is about the TV deal and if they have anyone monitoring social media. One cannot look at a Facebook post by the Dodgers that does not have a ton of comments about not being able to watch the Dodgers even when the subject matter had nothing to do with the topic. We have been told many times the Dodgers’ hands are tied but I doubt anyone believes this is totally true. Magic Johnson pretty much told off any critics earlier this year when he arrogantly said the lack of TV exposure has not hurt the Dodger brand, whether true or not. The sad fact is the Dodgers have money which must not be tied to viewership and have no desire to “give back” any money if in fact that could solve the problem. Hard to understand how so many smart people could negotiate a deal that benefits only one side of the equation and so grossly over estimated the value of the Dodgers to other pay TV providers in terms of what those providers were willing or able to pay. I do think the day is coming when the entire pay TV industry begrudgingly changes it’s business model but who knows how long that will take.

    I thought the Dodgers did not have to do anything to replace Vinny. In my mind they already had radio and TV broadcast teams in place. The fans are already used to not hearing or seeing Vin on the road. I will agree that often there is way to much chatter in the booth, especially when Charlie is joined by Orel and Nomar. Why does anyone think the fans need three people to tell us what happened? Even two is sometimes too much. I did enjoy listening to Rick Monday and Kevin Kennedy on the radio. Kennedy does a great job of analyzing players and situations and is not afraid to do a little “second guessing”. I do agree that sometimes Charlie and Rick get too chatty on radio broadcasts and sometimes act as if they did not want to be there but at the same time, sometimes they are really funny when they get loopy. I know nothing about Joe Davis so I did check him out on the link Dodger4 provided and liked what I heard.

    I have read all the criticism throughout the season a bout Dodger coaches, specifically McGwire. I will say again I thought he was a good hire when he was brought on board. I believe he knew how to hit long before he took any substance. I believe the same thing about Barry Bonds. McGwire choose to leave the Cardinals for the Dodgers to be closer to home. As far as I recall, he left the Cardinals on good terms and the players were happy with whatever assistance he provided to them. Judging by all the hitting instructors the Dodgers have had the past 10-15 years it would seem no one has been able to unravel all the hitting issues this team has had in that time but as fans we really have no way of knowing how much or how little can be attributed to a specific coach. In any event, I can accept it may be time for a change if for no other reason than give the players a new voice and new approach. Hopefully the Dodgers can find someone who can do what it appears McGwire could not.

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    • I’ve read that with the growth of smart tv’s…every network/production company will will have an app, you’ll be able to buy what you want…

      St. Louis continues to excel at hitting…I think this is probably instilled upon them well before they get to the big’s. The big league instructor probably only needs to make minor adjustments vs installing an entire new philosophy and approach? I believe if we go back and look we will find that we were all anxious to see what McGwire would bring. His tutelage surely didn’t live up to the anticipated improvements.

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  19. As far as the manager situation goes, I keep thinking I’m going to find out that Freidman is the new GM and Zaida is going to take over as field manager. What could they be looking for?
    They better come up with something that will make everybody happy. Oh well, that’ll most likely be impossible.

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  20. Morning folk’s…
    I felt compelled to give everyone an update on my health issues. I still haven’t had surgery to remove my gall bladder just yet. The doctor was worried I wouldn’t react to the anesthesia successfully. So he has me runnin’ all over town seeing specialist. I just about have enough ’em to field a ball club now. Anyhow, that aside…In the process, due to my inability to purchase prescription coverage in 2015. I have been struggling to breathe. I have coverage to see the doctor and get more bills though…We did discover that a nebulizer fit into this plan and that seemed to give me a boost. The other day I went to a sleep health clinic, apparently they need to diagnose me for sleep apnea to ease the surgeons mind. The sleep doc found out that I didn’t have the med’s I really needed, so he changed my prescription and sent me home with enough (roids) for two months until my ObamaCare kicks in…This morning, I arose and jumped into the shower, which for over the past year or so is something that has been very difficult for me to do…I’d get tired and my breathing was labored before I could even soap up. Thanks to the sleep doc though, this morning…I didn’t want to jump back out…I was able to enjoy the warmth for a while…Then instead of laboring afterwards, I found myself singing…and that brought me here to say, “It felt so good!”
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    It’s a great day people…
    I hope y’all can enjoy it, too.
    I just hope I don’t drive the neighbors crazy, ’cause ain’t nothing gonna keep me from belting out a little Skynard today…

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    • I have some ideas on how to make Vanna and the Wheel of Fortune board fun in the future 🙂

      Coming Soon:
      Today’s category is Honeybuns…

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        • Thanks…I really do feel better.

          So much so, that while I’m belting out “Simple Man”. I’m building our new “Wheel of Fortune” board…
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          Anyone care to come with the first category?

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          • Good deal D4. Getting meds correct does wonders. Seems to be a crap shoot with doctors really knowing their stuff and you getting lucky enough to find the right one.

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            • Thanks Beav!

              The biggest thing was getting to the point where I could sign up for coverage.
              a) I have limited funds and wasn’t sure last year if I could afford the section of health care I am missing at the moment.
              b) When I found a way to pay for it. I had to wait until October to buy it.
              c) My state doesn’t provide much help for someone single.

              My primary doc, was doing her best to work around this, she just didn’t have the stuff on hand, like the other guy.

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    • I applied for help from Social Security due to my income…and the state just sent me a notice saying I now have prescription coverage. Those little steroid inhalers are close to $500.00 a pop.

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    • Woohoo! So far, we’ve got four left handed starting pitchers lined up for April. Kershaw #1, Ryu a #3, Anderson a #4, Wood a #5. Now all we need is a #2. Oh, and a bunch of guys that can fill in when needed.

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      • I’d be happily surprised if Ryu can ever throw effectively again to be a #3. McCarthy sucks even when he’s not hurt, so they almost have to re-sign Greinke or Cuerto or have a 5-man rotation of lefties, because I hear they like Price.

        Be a wet dream for Mattingly though when we play the fish. He can use his patented all RH line-up 3 days in a row.

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  21. He said all the big bosses wanted to see you. Maybe Boras has finally convinced them you deserve a bigger paycheck? Va-Ned was wearing a nice blue dress and looked like he was on Ecstasy though. Maybe they’re having a party and he needs a Salsa partner?

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  22. Ooooh! I like Salsa party’s. If Va-Ned can move them feet, move them hips and has me some more chips for me. I’ll definitely provide the Caliente Cuban Dip.
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    I better put on some of my new Acqua di Gio Profumo

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  23. Erstad withdraws…down to Kapler, Roberts and Black…..two outfielders, one with no speed, the other with plenty, but neither with prior managerial experience….and the third, a pitcher, with managerial experience. Ironically, they all have a World Championship ring.

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