Many analysts are beginning to face reality – baseball is becoming a younger man’s game.
This is a trend that has been seen, but exploded recently with the hiring of managers with very little managerial experience.
As Ken Rosenthal of the Athletic wrote in his column,
We’ve seen the trend toward untested managers for a while now, starting in the 2011-12 offseason when the St. Louis Cardinals hired Mike Matheny and the Chicago White Sox hired Robin Ventura, both of whom had no previous managing experience and barely any coaching experience. ” – Ken Rosenthal / The Athletic
This new direction has continued into this offseason where the Phillies hired Gabe Kapler, the Red Sox with Alex Cora and now the Yankees with the recent hiring of Aaron Boone.
Between these hires, there is very little managerial experience. Kapler managed the Greenville Drive for a season (Red Sox low-A) before working in the Dodgers organization. Alex Cora, as mentioned, has managed in the World Baseball Classic and was the bench coach for the Houston Astros. Finally, the Yankees hired Aaron Boone who has no managerial experience.
Collectively, this is just how organizations like it.
It is clear that teams are going in a different direction with how they view the manager of their team. Rather than the “old school” mindset, they look for someone who can take the analytics from the front office and implement them into his pre-game lineups and in-game adjustments.
When Alex Cora was announced as the new manager of the Red Sox, President of Baseball Operations, Dave Dombrowski said,
“Cora brings a well-rounded skill set to the table. He is known for having strong communication skills with players and was always known for his intelligence as a player, something that can only help him as a manager. Cora’s experience in his first season as bench coach under Hinch this season has been invaluable.” – Ian Browne / MLB.com
The World Series featured AJ Hinch and Dave Roberts, both were hired as managers of their respective teams with very little managerial experience. Roberts, like Alex Cora, had experience as a bench coach, while AJ Hinch managed the Diamondbacks.
The trend is picking up and the success of these young managers could symbolize a positive impact in Boston.