Tag:Managerial news
Posted on: May 7, 2011 11:39 am

Hot seat warming for some managers


By Evan Brunell

The hot seat is getting a bit warmer for managers with tenuous holds on their jobs now that the calendar has flipped to May and teams are getting a far better handle on how the team is performing against expectations.

Back prior to the start of the season, Bob Geren of the A's, Jim Leyland of the Tigers, Mike Quade of the Cubs, Jim Riggleman of the Nationals and Edwin Rodriguez of the Marlins were five managers to keep an eye on. So far, all but Leyland appear to have confirmed their job security through at least the end of the season.

Leyland's not the only one with a hot seat, however. There's two others who need to shape up or will be asked to ship out.

Ozzie Guillen, White Sox

"We suck," Ozzie Guillen said recently about his ballclub, as Chicago has baseball's worst record at 11-22. This is surprising, given the rather deep rotation and a potent offense that is still searching for the match to light the fire. There's nothing redeeming about the ChiSox's season so far, with DH Adam Dunn struggling in his adjustment to the DH role and a bullpen corps that simple doesn't understand how to close a game out. That puts the spotlight squarely on Guillen, who doesn't do himself any favors with his brash, outspoken nature even if it endears him to the media and fans. Bottom line: this is a team who hasn't made the postseason since 2008 and has performed under expectations since. If the White Sox don't turn it around, Guillen's exit could come fast and hand Joey Cora the reins.

Kirk Gibson, Diamondbacks

Gibson is the only other manager currently with a modicum of a warm hot seat. He's playing for a new GM who didn't select Gibson as manager, although he did retain Gibson once taking control. Still, that fact alone puts him in danger of losing his spot even if 'Zona has played slightly above expectations to date with a 14-17 mark. It's unlikely that Kevin Towers makes a move inseason unless Arizona suddenly bottoms out like the White Sox have done, but Gibson would have to finish .500 or higher to guarantee his job security. Any record under .500 -- and the Diamondbacks will certainly finish with less than 81 wins -- will put him at the mercy of Towers.

And of course, Leyland is another on the hot seat as his Tigers have eked out a 15-18 record to date. Detroit certainly hoped for better but that record is good enough to delay any possible firing of Leyland. If the team sinks into a quagmire, he could be jettisoned, but for now has plenty of leash. While the seven-game deficit behind first place is not pretty, it helps Leyland's cause that the top two teams of the White Sox and Twins are instead scuffling with lousy records and the Indians and Royals, both thought to be non-factors, top the Central.

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Posted on: November 29, 2010 4:59 pm
Edited on: November 29, 2010 4:59 pm

M's interim skipper back to Triple-A

Daren Brown, who managed the Mariners after the firing of Don Wakamatsu in August, will return to his old job as manager of Triple-A Tacoma, the Mariners announced.

On his Tacoma staff will be Alonzo Powell, who had filled in as major-league hitting coach after Alan Cockrell was fired in May and will also return to his old job. So will Roger Hansen, who served as bench coach for Brown and will go back to being the organization's roving minor-league catching instructor.

Brown went 19-31 as Mariners manager. The team hired Eric Wedge last month.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: November 21, 2010 5:12 pm
Edited on: November 21, 2010 5:17 pm

Mets tab Terry Collins as manager

Collins David Lennon of Long Island Newsday confirms that Terry Collins is the new manager of the New York Mets.

Collins beat out Bob Melvin, Chip Hale and Wally Backman for the honors.

It's an interesting return to prominence for Collins, who was last sighted in a dugout in 1999, when he was finishing a three-year term as skipper of the Angels. He was fired after a 51-82 start, but had finished with 84 and 85 wins, respectively, the two previous years.

Prior to the Angels job, the 61-year-old managed the Astros from 1994-96, finishing with a 224-197 line. For his career, he has a .506 winning percentage, with 444 wins and 434 losses.

Davey Johnson had earlier endorsed Collins for the gig , saying that Collins' experience as minor league field coordinator may put him over the top.

"I'm sure Sandy agrees with this: People who know where talent is on the minor league level and how long it's going to take to get to the major leagues and how it will affect the major league roster, those are very important people," Johnson said. "I would think [Collins] would be the frontrunner."

Collins may have been away from the manager's seat in MLB for 11 years, but he managed a team most recently in the 2009 World Baseball Classic, skippering China. He also managed abroad in Japan, helming the Orix Buffaloes in 2007 and 2008.

Collins was poised to become manager of the Dodgers five seasons ago, just before GM Paul DePodesta was pushed out of the job after just one year. DePodesta joined the Mets last week, and may have contributed to Collins' candidacy.

Collins was also a finalist for the Mets job last time there was an opening, when Willie Randolph was hired. Randolph beat out Collins and current Cubs hitting coach Rudy Jaramillo. When Randolph was let go, Jerry Manuel transitioned from bench coach to manager until the conclusion of the 2010 season.

"He's been a major-league manager a couple of different times," DePodesta said of Collins, according to ESPN New York . "You learn an awful lot from that. He's been in the Far East. I think, again, he's had a lot of success in player development. So I think there are a lot of things about his experiences that are worthwhile. Everyone likes different personalities. I really like Terry's intensity. I think he's a tremendous organizational guy."

-- Evan Brunell

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Category: MLB
Posted on: November 21, 2010 11:00 am
Edited on: November 21, 2010 4:49 pm

Davey Johnson endorses Terry Collins for Mets job

Johnson The Mets are gearing up to name their new manager as early as Monday, with the candidates down to four.

Of the four candidates remaining, Bob Melvin and Terry Collins appear to be the frontrunners, although Chip Hale and Wally Backman are still in the running.

If Davey Johnson had the job Sandy Alderson currently occupies, it appears as if his pick would be Collins, as the New York Post relays.

"If I was the GM, I would want somebody that best knew the whole system," Johnson said of Collins, who has been serving as the team's minor league field coordinator. "I'm sure Sandy agrees with this: People who know where talent is on the minor league level and how long it's going to take to get to the major leagues and how it will affect the major league roster, those are very important people. I would think [Collins] would be the frontrunner."

Johnson (pictured) draws on his own personal experience of having spent three seasons managing in New York's minors in endorsing Collins for the job, saying that with the Mets having to rebuild within, it's important to know who on the farm can be part of that process.

"When I first got there my first conversation with [GM] Frank Cashen was, 'I've got three or four guys on the minor league level that I would like in the majors.' " Johnson noted. "We talked about that. 'I'll go with your guys on the major league level, but if they are not cutting it, I want to be able to dump those guys and bring up guys from the minor leagues.' Whoever [Alderson] has that relationship with is very tantamount."

Johnson, who remains the only manager in history to lead the Mets to a World Series title, has a soft spot for Backman, who played under Johnson for five seasons. However, decisions have to be made with the mind, not the heart.

"It all boils down to who Alderson trusts the most," Johnson added. "When [Alderson] thinks he's going to be able to win and who is going to be the guy that helps put that schedule into place."

UPDATE : Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that Bob Melvin will not be the next Mets skipper. That seems to clear the way for Collins.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: November 18, 2010 5:29 pm

Mets hope to make manager call soon

Sandy Alderson
The Mets have finished parading their Final Four through the Orlando Waldorf Astoria, and general manager Sandy Alderson's post-interview comments to reporters left some of them with the impression the team might have already reached a consensus.

Terry Collins and Wally Backman interviewed Thursday, a day after Bob Melvin and Chip Hale. Alderson indicated a decision could be coming "in the next two to three days." The memorial service for Alderson's father, who was struck and killed by a car last weekend, is scheduled for Saturday, so look for the Mets to either strike quickly with an announcement on Friday or wait until Monday.

All indications are that the Mets are down to Collins and Melvin, and they represent two very different approaches and personalities. Melvin is known as staid and analytical, while Collins is fiery and emotional (Ken Davidoff of Newsday , meeting Collins for the first time this week, called him "intense to the point of being off-putting").

Watching what everyone has said and done in this situation, I've got a feeling it's going to be Melvin. The former Diamondbacks and Mariners manager meshes well with the style of Alderson and the front-office staff he's been assembling. I worked with Melvin on an almost daily basis for two years when he managed in Seattle, and he's both extremely intelligent and much more competitive than people assume from his under-control demeanor. He's similar in comportment and approach to Tampa Bay's Joe Maddon, who has worked wonders. Fans will scream "boring" if Melvin is the pick, but Alderson knows public opinion doesn't win ballgames.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: November 18, 2010 9:42 am
Edited on: November 18, 2010 10:03 am

Thursday morning rumor roundup

The owners meetings and GM meetings overlap today in Orlando, so we might see some deals happen. Here's a sampling of the chatter as the day gets under way:

* Carl Crawford would be the Yankees' Plan B if they don't sign Cliff Lee, and CC Sabathia would again be their recruiter. (Newsday)

* The Rockies want a versatile right-handed bat, with Ty Wigginton and Jorge Cantu possibilities. (SI.com)

* Joel Sherman of the New York Post offers an endorsement, albeit tepid, for Bob Melvin as Mets manager. (New York Post)

* The Red Sox are making a push for Justin Upton, with the Diamondbacks likely to request Jacoby Ellsbury and Daniel Bard as the heart of the return package. (SI.com)

* AL Rookie of the Year Neftali Feliz has heard the rumors about being moved to the rotation if the Rangers lose Lee, but hasn't been told anything by the team. (Hoy -- link in Spanish)

* The Yankees want Derek Jeter to sign for three years at $63 million, but Jeter is looking for as many as five or six years. (ESPNNewYork.com)

* The Marlins have been busy, but they're not done, with Larry Beinfest saying he'd like to add a starting pitcher. (Palm Beach Post)

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: November 17, 2010 11:16 pm
Edited on: November 17, 2010 11:21 pm

Gardenhire to get an extension

Ron Gardenhire Ron Gardenhire got a trophy Wednesday. Thursday, he'll likely get something more valuable.

The Star Tribune 's Joe Christensen reports the Twins will announce a new two-year deal for Gardenhire that will keep him under contract through 2013. The team's coaches and training staff will also get two-year deals, through 2012.

Gardenhire replaced Tom Kelly in January of 2002 and has gone 803-656 in nine seasons, with six division titles.

It was the first time Gardenhire won the Manager of the Year award, finishing second in 2003, 2004, 2006, 2008 and 2009.

"It's good for my wife," Gardenhire said Wednesday. "She was the one jumping up and down when we found out about it. For me, it's exciting, I'm pretty fired up, and it gives me a chance to recognize my coaches, who have busted their tails, and our front office, and our organization, the minor league coaches that develop these players."

Gardenhire noted in the Sporting News ' voting, he voted for Rangers manager Ron Washington.

"He's a good friend of mine," Gardenhire said. "I love the guy dearly."

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Category: MLB
Posted on: November 17, 2010 10:52 pm

Mets to decide on manager soon

Bob Melvin The Mets should finish their search for a manager Sunday or Monday, general manager Sandy Alderson told reporters at the general managers' meetings in Orlando on Wednesday.

Alderson said he expects a decision by Sunday or Monday and a press conference  on Tuesday.

Chip Hale and Bob Melvin (pictured) had their second interviews today, and based on what was said, well, it doesn't exactly change the popular belief that Hale and Wally Backman are getting courtesy interviews and the real race is between Melvin and Terry Collins. Collins and Backman are scheduled to interview Thursday.

According to Andy Martino of the New York Daily News (via Twitter ), Alderson said Hale's interview was more about introducing him to Paul DePodesta and J.P. Ricciardi, while things were more detailed with Melvin's interview.

"In Bob's case, it was more detailed, more talk about coaching staff," Alderson said. "More detailed discussion of philosophy."

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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