I would be shocked if Sanberg were seriously considered. He’s an old fashioned, red-assed, non-analytics kind of guy. Totally not the management’s type of guy.
Joe Girardi is another guy in the same vein that you’ll hear people suggest as a candidate that would shock me if he were hired for the same reason.
Is red-assed bad? To me, the non-analytics is more of an issue than the red-assed behavior.
I'm with you there.
That said, I'm continuing on the Joe Espada train, but also hitching a car for Raul Ibañez.
ETA - if they want to bring in anybody who knows how to do whatever the Astros are doing - especially with player development and pitching game planning - I’m 100% down with that.
I saw that Ibanez is one who will most likely get an interview (from MLBTraderumors.com). Internally, it's Loretta, Ross and Venable.
And the one person who's in the playoffs.
I tend to be leery of internal hires. Voices who carry an external perspective who share values/philosophies of the front office are who I prefer. Nothing against the characters of Ross, Loretta, or Venable, but their firsthand intimacy with the organization steers me away. At least from the manager position.
How could Theo hire one of the guys on Maddon's staff? What's Loretta, et. al. going to say, "Maddon couldn't light a fire under these guys and I just sat back and did nothing, but I'll kick these guys in the rear if I get hired!" :noidea:
Agreed. Dodgers really blew it.
Hands down my top choice for the manager's position.
In related news, they interviewed Gabe Kapler today. Does anyone have any semblance as to why?
One suggestion that was floated was that it was a way to help Kapler out. Like a "Oh look, we're interested in this guy. You all should be too." kind of thing.
I think I heard that Theo hired him as a minor league coach a while back.