managers

The managers and executives shuffle

It appears that all but one vacant manager positions were filled within the last week, most within the last couple of days. The San Diego Padres fired former manager Bud Black in June and the Miami Marlins fired manager Mike Redmond in May and made the bizarre choice to put general manager Dan Jennings in his place. That did not work out as the Marlins went 71-91 (55-69 with Jennings as manager) in 2015. Now Jennings is out of a managerial job as well as his general manager job. 

News of the end of Jennings’ tenure with the Marlins was reported and confirmed today by Jon Heyman of CBS Sports:

Jeffery Loria is the Marlins’ team president. The team’s president of baseball operations, Michael Hill, will also now be acting as the Marlins’ general manager.

Luckily for the Marlins, the Los Angeles Dodgers had recently had a “mutual” parting of ways with manager Don Mattingly. The Marlins jumped on the opportunity to grab Mattingly almost immediately, announcing that a deal had been made with Mattingly on Thursday.

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Don Mattingly. Getty Images.

I thought that Mattingly would be a good fit for the Washington Nationals but they decided to go with former Padres manager Bud Black. The choice makes sense on the Nats end as they have one of the most talented pitching staffs in baseball.

Black, a former pitcher himself, may be able to get the Nationals pitching staff under control. The big question however, can he handle the tense clubhouse atmosphere that the Nats are known to have? We’ll have to wait until March to find out.

Seattle’s new general manager Jerry DiPoto filled Lloyd McClendon‘s void with the man who used to work as his assistant general manager with the Los Angeles Angels, Scott Servais. He’s going with the recent trend of hiring managers with little or no experience but like Dipoto both men are analytic and sabermetric oriented. They should work well as a team but the question here is can Servais run a ballclub?

The San Diego Padres officially replaced Nat’s new manager Bud Black with the Arizona Diamondbacks’ third base coach Andy Green. Green actually has managerial experience in the DBacks’ farm system. He was 219-181 as a minor league manager. He was named the Southern League Manager of the Year in 2013 and 2014. He guided Missoula to a Pioneer League championship in 2012.

Since that was somewhat confusing – at least for me and I was writing it … here are the managerial changes for 2016:

  • San Diego PadresAndy Green, former Arizona Diamondbacks’ third base coach
  • Seattle Mariners  – Scott Servais, former assistant general manager for the Los Angeles Angels
  • Washington NationalsBud Black, former San Diego Padres manager
  • Miami MarlinsDon Mattingly, former manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers

That as you will notice still leaves one job open – the Los Angeles Dodgers still need a manager. Rumor has it that their top candidate is Gabe Kapler. Kapler is 40 years old and was hired by the team last season as the Dodgers’ director of player development. He has managerial experience in the Red Sox farm system at Class-A Greenville in 2007. Kapler was just 31 then and he learned a lot from the experience,

“It was an exceptional learning experience for me. I got to see the game from an entirely unique vantage point for a guy who was playing,”Kapler said last November. “I was able to digest, sponge, analyze the game in a way that was much different than when I was a player.”

Sounds like a good candidate for the Dodger’s job to me. That’s been the manager shuffle this week. Pretty nuts. I will be updating this once the Dodgers announce a final decision. They have also interviewed other candidates, although Kapler seems to be their guy.

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Alex Anthopoulos. Getty Images.

Another oddity involving an executive occurred this week. On the same day that Blue Jay’s general manager Alex Anthopoulos rejected a contract extension due to a rift with the team’s new president Mark Shapiro, he was named the Sporting News’ 2015 Executive of the Year.

Anthopoulos was responsible for the trades that brought superstar players Josh Donaldson, Troy Tulowitzki and David Price to Toronto and the award is well deserved. The Blue Jays made it to the American League Championship Series although they ultimately lost to the Kansas City Royals. 

I believe I’ve covered the major moves at the managerial and executive levels that have happened within the last few days – if I have left out something important – please leave a comment and I will add the story in! Thanks!

UPDATE

  • Dusty Baker will be the next manager of the Washington Nationals, not Bud Black as stated above. The division of the two parties had to do with Black not wanting to sign just a two-year contract
  • The Mets have extended Terry Collins’ contract for two more years.
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