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PostPosted: Sat 9/28/19 10:04 pm    Post subject: F.O./Managerial/Coaching Moves - 2019-20 Reply with quote

Well, let's start with the obvious--the Padres' firing of manager Andy Green with one week left in the 2019 season.

Thoughts? Cathy?

Honestly, I was somewhat surprised.
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PostPosted: Sun 9/29/19 6:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Joe Maddon was let go in Chicago... Exclamation

Clint Hurdle was dismissed in Pittsburgh...(no surprise there).

And I was going to say maybe the Padres can contact their old bench coach but...nahhh, he's busy making out his NLDS roster. Twisted Evil Twisted Evil
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PostPosted: Sun 9/29/19 7:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have to say Andy Green leaving caught me by surprise, too. I thought for sure since their target year was really next year, that failing this year would not be so out of the ordinary. Even though I had higher expectations, losing El Nino for parts of his rookie season was a big deal. We hoped to see him play a full season. Did he make questionable moves, well, yes but then so did every other manager this team has had. I have no idea what to expect now.
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PostPosted: Mon 9/30/19 6:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sheesh, that didn't take long! Brad Ausmus is out after one year at the helm in Anaheim.

And this, on the same day the following article ran in the L.A. Times:

"Angels Manager Brad Ausmus Not Worried About His Future after 90-Loss Season"

By MARIA TORRES, STAFF WRITER
SEP. 29, 2019 6 PM

Angels manager Brad Ausmus has heard the rumors regarding his future in Anaheim. He dismissed them before Sunday’s season-ending 8-5 loss to the Houston Astros at Angel Stadium.

“I have a contract,” he said. “That’s the only thing I know.”

Ausmus was named the Angels manager last October, a few weeks after Mike Scioscia stepped down from the post he had held for 19 seasons. Ausmus was highly regarded by general manager Billy Eppler, who hired Ausmus as a special assistant in November 2017.

Their relationship remains “very strong,” Ausmus said, despite a challenging season that included the death of Tyler Skaggs on July 1 and ended with the Angels losing 90 games for the first time since 1999.

Yet speculation that Ausmus was on his way out began as soon as it became evident that Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon, 65, would not have his contract extended. Maddon was with the Angels for 31 years as a coach and interim manager before taking the helm of the Tampa Bay Rays in 2006. Maddon managed the Cubs to the 2016 World Series title.

The Athletic reported that the Angels would entertain the idea of replacing Ausmus if Maddon became available, and ESPN added Sunday that the Angels are seriously considering Maddon. The Angels have not made any comments regarding Ausmus. Eppler, who is under contract for at least one more year, will speak with reporters Monday. Ausmus is signed through 2021.

“I’ve kind of learned to shrug those things off,” said Ausmus, who previously managed the Detroit Tigers from 2014 to 2017. “There was a point in Detroit in 2015, my second year there, it came out that I was being fired. I was there for two more years. So you learn to take it with a grain of salt.”

Ausmus joined the Angels’ front office shortly after the Tigers declined to renew his managerial contract. His tenure ended with a 64-98 record in 2017.

Ausmus, 50, did not fare much better his first season in Anaheim. Rookie Matt Thaiss’ two-homer, four-RBI Sunday helped the Angels avoid a -100 run differential, but opponents still outscored the Angels by 99 runs this season. The Angels finished with a 72-90 record in fourth place in the AL West division, which the Astros dominated with 107 wins.

“Quite frankly, I’m ready at this point to put it behind me,” Ausmus said. “It was a tough year.”

The Angels’ struggles can be traced to the ineffectiveness of the pitching staff, which was not only wracked by injuries but also hurt by mediocre performances. High-dollar free agents Cody Allen and Matt Harvey, who were released in June and July, respectively, combined for a 6.86 ERA. Trevor Cahill, who also signed as a free agent, eventually moved to the bullpen after beginning the season as the Opening Day starter. He had a 5.98 ERA in 102 1/3 innings over 37 games. The Angels spent nearly $30 million on that trio.

Still, the Angels were able to make strides on the analytical front under Ausmus. Among the biggest changes was the introduction of high-speed cameras and radar devices that helped pitchers optimize their repertoires. They also adopted the strategy of starting the game with a reliever, which allows the primary pitcher to face more hitters before seeing the top of a lineup a third time.

“If you talk about it from a tactical or strategy standpoint, I thought it went well,” Ausmus said. “My time in Detroit served [me] well in terms of experience responding to situations that happened on the field. I thought the clubhouse was extremely smooth. I think the guys got along well. They laughed together, they played hard together, they worked together. It was a good group of guys.”

The Angels must address their dearth of starting pitching this offseason. Atop their wish list will likely be Astros starter and Orange County native Gerrit Cole, who tried to fortify his case for the AL Cy Young Award against the Angels on Sunday. The Orange Lutheran and UCLA product allowed four hits over five innings, including Thaiss’ solo homer in the third, and struck out 10 to become the first pitcher in MLB history to record nine consecutive double-digit strikeout games. Cole’s 326 were the most in one season by any right-hander since Nolan Ryan fanned 341 in 1977.
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PostPosted: Tue 10/1/19 3:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, then it is back to Del Mar for Brad, then.

We all know as soon as Joe Maddon became available the Angels would want to talk to him.

The Angels also got rid of their pitching coach (Doug White) and bench coach (Josh Paul) - article linked here

Everyone saw that coming with White because of how bad their pitching was this year - 25th in the majors!
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PostPosted: Wed 10/2/19 4:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's been a wild last couple of weeks with all these changes and it will be for sure until all the positions are filled.
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PostPosted: Sun 10/6/19 7:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Mets have "parted ways with" manager Mickey Calloway.

(Why the wait, I wonder?)
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PostPosted: Sun 10/6/19 9:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just wanted to mention former Padre Will Venable is going to interview for the Cubs manager job! That was a name I did not expect to hear along Joe Girardi.
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PostPosted: Fri 10/11/19 12:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Phillies have fired manager Gabe Kapler. I can't say I'm surprised at this one, either, just wondering why they didn't do it a week ago.
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PostPosted: Fri 10/11/19 4:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It probably does not help that the Nationals without Bryce are in the NLCS and the Phillies with him are sitting at home at .500!
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PostPosted: Sat 10/12/19 5:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

True. And let's not forget how rough his first season was, early on as he flubbed a few decisions with his young team last year.

As far as other openings go, I've heard some interesting rumors. Padres are talking to Buck Showalter on the recommendation of Manny, Red Sox are interested in Dodgers GM Andrew Friedman, and Curt Schilling is interested in managing since the Phillies position is open.
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PostPosted: Mon 10/14/19 5:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Dodgers have promoted Mark Prior to pitching coach and Rick Honeycutt is being reassigned after 14 years in that job. Maybe a fresh change will help things. Here's the link
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PostPosted: Tue 10/15/19 9:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've got to agree there. Give Prior a shot.
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PostPosted: Thu 10/17/19 7:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, the Padres have narrowed their managerial search down to two.

And to nobody's surprise, Joe Maddon has been named the Angels' new manager.

Welcome home, Joe. It's where you belong.
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PostPosted: Thu 10/17/19 8:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was almost expecting my Padres to hire Brad Ausmus. I do not have a preference on the candidates they narrowed it down to.
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PostPosted: Thu 10/24/19 12:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Former catcher David Ross has been announced as the new manager of the Cubs.
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PostPosted: Thu 10/24/19 4:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It has not been "announced" other than on padres.com but Jayce Tinger will be the Padres new manager - article linked here

I really have not formed an opinion on this yet.
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PostPosted: Fri 10/25/19 7:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'll be interested to learn more about why A.J. is so sold on him.

Meanwhile, even in the midst of the World Series, a flurry of activity--Joe Girardi has been named the Phillies' new skipper, and the pressure on the Astros to fire assistant GM Brandon Taubman actually resulted in it happening! (with an apology attached, no less!)

Surprised Surprised
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PostPosted: Sat 10/26/19 3:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It seems Padres fans aren't very impressed by their new manager but we'll see. That's a lot of changes just in the last few days. I thought some of them might wait until the World series was over.

Mickey Calloway who was just fired as Mets manager, is coming on board with the Angels as pitching coach for Joe Maddon. Here's the link
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PostPosted: Mon 10/28/19 9:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Yankees have dismissed pitching coach Larry Rothschild.
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PostPosted: Thu 10/31/19 11:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Moving across state: Mike Matheny has been named the new manager of the Royals.
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PostPosted: Thu 11/7/19 12:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Former Mets player Carlos Beltran is the new manager of the Mets.
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PostPosted: Sat 11/9/19 10:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lo and behold, look where a certain former manager from Socal has ended up. Andy Green is the Cubs' new bench coach, and former Phillies pitching coach Chris Young has been named the new bullpen coach for the Chicago NL team.
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PostPosted: Sun 11/10/19 4:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, that seems to be a demotion for Andy but best wishes to him in his new organization.
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PostPosted: Tue 11/12/19 11:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow--no sooner did the Jints land a new general manager, but they now have a new manager. Gabe Kapler has been hired as skipper of the team, only days after it was announced that Scott Harris has been named their new GM. Harris most recently served as assistant GM with the Cubs.
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PostPosted: Thu 11/14/19 6:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That was pretty crazy about Kapler. Their fans do not seem to be too happy with either the GM or new manager named so maybe that says something about their expectations since their team is rebuilding now.

My Padres have a new pitching coach. It is Larry Rothschild, who the Yankees just let go. Article from Union Tribune
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PostPosted: Fri 11/15/19 7:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Whoa! I guess I missed this news from a couple of days ago--TLR has joined the Angels as a senior advisor, according to this article from their home page.
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PostPosted: Sat 11/16/19 1:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

And here's something with a new twist--I always just thought Mike Scioscia was ready to retire. Evidently, he wants to be active again with an MLB team.

From the L.A. Times:

"Mike Scioscia Wants to Manage Again, But the Interest Hasn’t Been Reciprocated"

Mike Scioscia had a successful 19-year run as Angels manager, but none of the eight teams hiring this offseason interviewed him.

By BILL SHAIKIN
NOV. 11, 2019 4:40 PM

On the baseball calendar, winter has dawned. Three months await before spring training, but we already have a winner for the most curious statistic of the offseason.

Zero.

Although the managerial pendulum has swung gently back toward candidates with experience, Mike Scioscia got zero interviews for eight openings.

He appeared relaxed Monday, mingling comfortably among the baseball luminaries gathered for a charity golf tournament to benefit Major League Baseball’s Urban Youth Academy in Compton.

The summer that passed was his first without baseball since he was 16. He and his wife, Anne, spent two weeks in Hawaii. The couple traveled to Florida and made three trips to his family home in Pennsylvania. He said he lost 40 pounds.

“I’m kind of liking this hiatus,” Scioscia said.

A hiatus is a pause, a break, a gap. A hiatus is not a retirement.

Scioscia played 13 years for the Dodgers, winning the World Series twice. He managed 19 years for the Angels, from 2000 to 2018, winning the only World Series in the history of a franchise that celebrates its 60th season next year. Of their 10 postseason appearances, he was in charge for seven. The Angels lost 90 games the year before he got there and the year after he left, but they never lost 90 with him.

He never used an agent to negotiate his contracts with the Angels. But, with the novelty of the hiatus wearing off and an interest in getting back into managing, he retained an agent to help him navigate the hiring process.

The timing appeared fortuitous. Eight teams were hiring. In some cities, owners were getting involved in the process, not simply delegating to the new wave of general managers that appears to prioritize collaboration with a first-time manager over experience and independence in the dugout.

Joe Maddon, Scioscia’s former bench coach, was hired for Scioscia’s old job in Anaheim.

“I’m thrilled,” Scioscia said. “Just knowing Joe and the passion he brings, he’s perfect for the organization. I know that he will make a difference.”

Maddon is no kid. He is 65, five years older than Scioscia.

Joe Girardi was hired in Philadelphia. Mike Matheny was hired in Kansas City. Former managers getting interviews included Brad Ausmus, Dusty Baker, Jeff Banister, John Farrell, Bob Geren, Gabe Kapler, Buck Showalter and Ron Washington.

The agent Scioscia hired, Alan Nero, declined to discuss why he believed teams decided not to interview Scioscia.

Torii Hunter, a two-time All-Star outfielder under Scioscia, said the manager commanded respect for what he had accomplished as a player and as a manager.

“It was like he was the father figure: whatever he says goes,” Hunter said at the golf tournament. “Scioscia wants the best out of you. He needs you to go hard every day. He needs everybody on the same page. Today, that message could be different. It’s more that you have to baby some players sometimes. Not all, but some of them.

“Managers [today] are not like Scioscia or Tom Kelly or Jim Leyland, the guys who are hard-nosed and would get in your face. That’s no longer the thing you do.”

Is that approach better, worse, or just different?

“It’s just different,” Hunter said. “In the clubhouse, they’re different. People move in a different way. You have to find those ways. You have to have a growth mind-set and conform to where your clubhouse is.”

Girardi and Matheny were fired from their last managerial jobs in part for clubhouse communication issues beyond any reported for the Angels under Scioscia. In New York, General Manager Brian Cashman said the Yankees had determined Girardi had not established “connectivity” with younger players. In St. Louis, Cardinals icon Yadier Molina ripped Matheny on Instagram.

Still, Girardi and Matheny have new jobs.

Scioscia would have loved to manage his hometown Phillies, but it probably did not help his cause that the General Manager in Philadelphia is Matt Klentak, who was the assistant to Jerry Dipoto in Anaheim from 2012 to 2015.
It is not unusual for there to be conflict between a manager and general manager, but it is unusual for the general manager to quit his job over it, as Dipoto did in Anaheim.

The trigger for his conflict with Scioscia was less the use of analytics and more about how a player could most effectively use them; whether players should get data directly from the front office or filtered through the coaching staff. That issue has largely resolved itself in the four years since Dipoto quit: Nearly every team, including the Angels, has added coaching positions devoted to distilling the flood of analytical data into nuggets players can remember and apply.

“The amount of information and data is huge,” Scioscia said. “You have to narrow it down to what’s applicable. A lot of the data is for player acquisition and projected performance. There is a piece of the pie that you’re going to be able to apply in the sixth inning of a game. S orting that out, I think, is where this is going to go.”

It is fair to suggest that Scioscia’s time with the Angels simply had run its course when he resigned effective at the end of the 2018 season, but it is also fair to suggest that he might flourish elsewhere. Fresh starts do not solely apply to players. Scioscia might have been demanding, but he also inspired a generation of managers to use laughter and clubhouse stunts to bond teams during the drudgery of spring training.

“Mike Scioscia would definitely be an effective manager today,” Hunter said. “All he does is require you to play hard, go first to third, and be ready to play every day.”

It appears as if Scioscia will sit out the 2020 season — out of the dugout, at least. He said teams asked whether he might serve on a coaching staff next season, and he passed.

“I’m not really out there looking for anything,” he said. “I’m having a great time. I feel good.

“What will be, will be. I’m just living.”
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PostPosted: Sat 11/16/19 10:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Matt Blake has been named the Yankees' new pitching coach.
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PostPosted: Thu 11/21/19 9:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for sharing that about Mike Scioscia. I would have had my Padres take him in a heartbeat!

Maybe he is just as into analytics as some of these younger managers the GMs can mold into what they want to do. But I think he would be great for someone who needs a veteran leader that maybe just needed a new change. I would not want to see him in Philly though, even if he is from there. He is so good for Socal with all the work he does and especially for the UYA. He is such a good presence there. And you would think even the Battery Chuckers might have thought about him too.
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