The San Diego Padres ended their 2015 season by telling interim manager Pat Murphy he would not be returning as full-time manager in 2016. And they waited slightly more than an hour after the last out of the season to tell him.
There has been plenty of speculation already on who the Padres are going to hire for the manager’s job. Most of it is just that, speculation. There aren’t many details other than a few reports on people being granted permission to interview. Which is better than no news, I suppose.
Let’s take a look at the candidates, no matter how ridiculous their candidacy seems, shall we?
It’s time to play Whack-a-Manager!
The Baseball Bloggers Alliance (BBBA) was founded in 2009 with the purpose of encouraging collaboration and communication among bloggers from across baseball. The Alliance also votes on various awards at different times in the year, including end of season awards.
The Manager of the Year award is subjective. Well, OK, all awards are subjective, but Manager of the Year is more so than the rest. To determine the best pitcher in the league, look at the numbers. Best hitter? Look at the numbers. Best Manager? Can’t really look at the numbers. How much impact does the Manager have on his team’s performance? Much more difficult to quantify. It’s the fuzziest of the awards.
Manager of the Year tends to go to the skipper who’s team over-achieved. Over-achieved based on what? Usually, it’s based on the preseason expectations of the media. No baseball team enters the season expecting to lose 100 games. Teams do recognize if they have fewer talented players on the roster than, say, the Dodgers or Yankees, but everyone thinks starts April thinking this is THEIR YEAR. Based on that, how does one fairly select the Manager of the Year?
You do the best you can with the experience you’ve gained. You can’t avoid being subjective.