Sports Illustrated‘s Tom Verducci considers one of the questions I’ve been wondering about for a long time: Why do teams keep hiring the same old managers rather than give someone new a chance?
I’ve often thought of baseball in terms of television shows: you keep getting the same actors in different roles though similar roles. Some even just pack up the characters and move them to a different venue (Lou Grant, After-M*A*S*H), albeit it mixed results. The executives know when they’ve got a good thing and even though it might be a different situation (job, family arrangement, etc.), they want to keep things as familiar as possible.
Verducci wonders about the Mets’ hire of Terry Collins as the new skipper. Welcome to the club. Collins is 61 and left his previous two posts under dubious circumstances; his managerial style seems to run counter to those of successful leaders such as Terry Francona and Charlie Manuel. Given the number of head cases on the Mets, I wonder how that’s going to go over with the players, fans, and media.
Time will tell, but with so many people shaking their heads in November, it’s going to be a long off-season.