Let's talk managerial candidates!
Thank you. Lots of possibilities with that list. JJ seems pretty open and on top of things so it’ll interesting. Have enjoyed your site and looking forward to 2023!
Quite a list, David. Maybe you're covering this topic tomorrow, but what should the pitching side of the organization look like--top to bottom? What models are out there? Rays & Guardians, I assume, are role models for developing pitchers in a cost-effective way?
I'm on the Beltrain! I think Carlos Beltran has the potential to make this team a contender by 2024 or 2025, with the right bench coach and pitching coach beside him.
I think you have to leave in place the group that includes Zumwalt, DeRenne, Saylor, all the guys that are credited with the ascent of the hitting development program. All of these rookies are in the big leagues due in large part to those coaches so it makes sense to reward results and promote internally. Zumwalt has has really demonstrated extraordinary baseball acumen https://www.kansascity.com/sports/mlb/kansas-city-royals/article261490267.html but he has zero managerial experience correct? So, IDK, leave Grifol in place as an experienced bench coach, while giving Zumwalt a shot or Grifol as manager. None of the external candidates are particularly compelling. More important is who is brought in to fix the pitching throughout the whole organization, lol. Zumwalt was an outfielder who was made into a reliever in the minors. Maybe he can fix the pitching too....
Great writeup! Lots of good names out there.
Good stuff. Excited to see the pitching coach candidates tomorrow.
For the first time in seven years, I'm actually feeling encouraged as a Royals fan. Sherman is clearly changing the culture here and I believe is willing to do whatever is necessary to win as a small market team. We need to go outside the organization for the new skipper - nothing changes if the people involved don't change. Hopefully, JJ brings out the broom and does a clean sweep.
Well, that didn't take long. Not too brag, but I was right on it happening Wednesday night. I actually have 3 possible candidates in mind. The first one was Pedro Grifol for the reasons you brought up. The second is Don Mattingly who should be used to managing young guys. He also might be able to bring Mel Stottlemeyer Jr. as the pitching coach. The third is the one I referrd to the other day. Mark DeRosa is a pretty hot name out there, and seems to me like a good choice. I know he has the manager job of the WBC, but surely they could work around that if they really like him. Would like to hear your opinion. Thanks David
Christensen, Negron, and Quattro were the ones that read best to me from outside the organization. Grifol would be a fine choice if we stay in house.
It had to happen. I think everyone knew it was going to happen. That said, I didn’t have a huge opinion of Matheny one way or the other. It was, meh, he’s fine. IDK that anyone else would have done that much better. I think his real downfall was just sticking with Eldred too long. Which may or may not have been his call. But once a regime change starts everyone has to go.
Actually, mainly because he was my favorite player growing up and I still never fully recovered…would love for Beltran to get a shot managing here.
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A lot of the things that make Zumwalt a good candidate make me hope he doesn't get the manager's gig. He and his crew have been so incredibly good working with the hitters that I would hate to see his attention taken away from that.
Ned and Dayton, bless their souls despite all the issues we had with both of them, managed to find a cheat code that gave us two glorious years. Who is gonna be the next one to do that, or perhaps even better? I don't care if he's old-school like Ned, or a Jedi master of analytics (although I'd prefer the analytics guy.)
I posted a link to an SI article on your twitter about Maddon & the Angels. Maybe your thoughts on it might make a newsletter post. It's on the obvious topic: the "soul of baseball" vs. analytics.
Thank you for the incite. I just listened to some of the Piccolo interview on 610. He said there might be some experienced managers that get interviewed as well. He said it was a long list right now but they will be paring it down before starting interviews.