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1 hour ago, the admiral said:

What's Mike Mussina up to? He seems to fit the profile of a modern manager: smart enough guy who's also smart enough to know he can only do as he's told.

 

Nah. Definitely not the way Moose rolls at all.

 

 

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Can we unhire Ron Gardenhire and hire Girardi? 

 

(Say that 10 times fast)

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Looks like the Nats hired Dave Martinez, formerly of the Cubs.

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The Phillies hired Gabe Kapler to be their manager, even though he's only managed or coached for one whole season, a long time ago, at some super low level.

 

But, he loves analytics and healthy eating, so there's that.

 

EDIT: apparently this is what he looks like.  Guess none of the players will be getting away with excuses for not working out.

 

Gabe Kapler gabe-kapler-kapstyle.jpg

 

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11 hours ago, BringBackTheVet said:

The Phillies hired Gabe Kapler to be their manager, even though he's only managed or coached for one whole season, a long time ago, at some super low level.

 

But, he loves analytics and healthy eating, so there's that.

 

EDIT: apparently this is what he looks like.  Guess none of the players will be getting away with excuses for not working out.

 

Gabe Kapler gabe-kapler-kapstyle.jpg

 

I'd love to see him kick Herrera's ass for not hustling!

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I don’t get how a guy without managing or even coaching experience gets a job as a manager at the highest level. 

 

He has a background in player player development and analytics - doesn’t that qualify him for front office roles rather than on field?

 

i guess he’ll have to have a very experienced bench coach, though the word on the street is that it could end up being their AAA manager, so that doesn’t help much. 

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Seems to me if you have a young team what you want is a manager with a background in player development, who has the understanding of analytics it takes to manage a lineup. The rest is dealing with personalities. From his pre-Dodger front office writing he's willing to try out different ideas.

 

Of non-retreads known to baseball fans, if you can't have Alex Cora, you want Kapler or Dave Martinez.

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4 hours ago, BringBackTheVet said:

I don’t get how a guy without managing or even coaching experience gets a job as a manager at the highest level. 

 

He has a background in player player development and analytics - doesn’t that qualify him for front office roles rather than on field?

 

More and more, field managers will do as they're told by the front office and only need the bona fides of credibly babysitting the other jocks.

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1 hour ago, ozzyman314 said:

Red Sox are bringing in Tony LaRussa for......likely some office position. 

LaRussa, just :censored:ing retire already. 

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How do the Red Sox square their love of analytics with La Russa's belief that batters should be hit with high-speed projectiles and automatically put on base for smiling?

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Alright, as promised in the postseason thread, my 2018 Dodger roster prospectus.

 

Ethier - If he doesn't retire they'll buy him out at $2.5M. The $17.5M vesting option is a non-starter.

Gonzalez - I hate to say it, but I hope he retires.  His replacement is here and with his antics of ditching the team for Italy then sneaking back only to be told to leave again he's a distraction at this point.

Granderson - Peace out.

Darvish - He choked himself out of a contract.

Kazmir - If he's healthy try to get something out of him.  Otherwise hopefully he joins A-Gon instructing fantasy camps.

Forsythe - His playoff performance earned him an option pickup.

Watson - Can let him walk with other options.

 

So, what do we have?

 

Rotation:

 

Kershaw

Hill

Wood

 

#4 and #5 - Plenty of wiggle room here.  McCarthy's still on the hook for $11.5M.  You also have Ryu, Kazmir (if healthy), Maeda (see below), and the rookies.  Ideally, Buehler gets the #5 spot.  Also ideally? They put together a package and bring in a replacement for Darvish (Throw one of Stewart/Stripling and some minor leaguers).  Or maybe throw money at Lance Lynn?

 

Bullpen:

 

9th - Jansen

8th - Morrow (PAY HIM!)

7th - Maeda

Lefty Specialists - Cingrani, Avilan

Mop-up: Baez

Long relief: McCarthy? Ryu?

 

Lineup:

 

Catcher: Barnes/Farmer.  Throw Grandal in a trade package.

1B: Bellinger. A-Gon maybe as a backup if he doesn't retire.  Forsythe can spot start.

2B: Forsythe.  Taylor/Hernandez can cover as well.

SS: Seager. Hernandez/Culberson (if they re-sign him) can plug in there as well.

3B: Turner.  Spot starts by Taylor, Forsythe, etc.

CF: Pederson/Taylor platoon with Taylor shifting to LF/IF?

LF: Taylor/Hernandez/potential trade or FA (JD Martinez?)

RF: Puig

 

I get that they're trying to cut payroll but with most of the obscene contracts coming off of the books next year and the year after they can stand to make a couple high-profile signings.

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Maybe Yu Darvish pitched himself into an affordable contract for the Cincinnati Reds. 

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