Would you buy a used car from this man?

November 23, 2010 · 1 comment

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.

"But will you love me tomorrow?"

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.

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  • rslitman

    The Mets want to continue their recent tradition of having a manager with the same last name as a manager or head coach of a Philadelphia pro sports team. With no one named Reid or Laviolette readily available, they had to turn to a Collins. Of course, the way the 76ers are playing, by the time spring training rolls around, Doug Collins may no longer be their head coach!

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