With the firing of Dusty Baker by the Nationals today, only Mike Scioscia has stayed with his current team the longest (since 2002). While Bruce Bochy holds the title in the National League (with the Giants since 2006), it may be starting a trend of hiring younger managers who either have little or no managerial experience.
Front offices are turning their attentions toward the young wave of managers, including AJ Hinch of the Astros, Andy Green of the Padres, Dave Roberts, soon-to-be Alex Cora.
Dusty Baker is 17th on the all-time managerial wins list, yet his inability to win the big game has ultimately led to his demise with both the Chicago Cubs, and Washington. Though all the experience Baker has, could Baker actually be too old to be managing?
Being able to balance the ever-changing analytics with old school baseball thinking is what a manager needs to be able to do in order to be successful in today’s game.
More and more managers have been able to add the analytical side to their game but, Baker never really was willing to fully trust the analytical side of baseball and this may cost him another potential managing job.
Now let’s get to how this could impact the Red Sox managerial candidates. Both former general managers, Theo Epstein and Ben Cherington, were heavy into the analytics and former manager, Terry Francona, was able to use the stats to aid in his planning.
Current President of Baseball Operations, Dave Dombrowski has already said that he is willing to use analytics to his advantage, in addition to the old school of thought.
Former manager John Farrell, never truly adhered to the analytics. Despite his intentions, it never fully transpired into the product on the field.
Both Alex Cora and Brad Ausmus come from teams that have adopted the analytics and are willing to continue to add it if they were to become manager of the Red Sox.