Monday Morning Manager….Beltre, Ogando and Managers.

The Rangers don’t have to out pitchers Omar Beltre and Alexi Ogando on the 40-man roster right away.

Monday_Morning_Manager.jpgThat’s the word from general manager Jon Daniels. Because they have been on the restricted list, the Rangers can wait until the end of Spring Training.

That is not insignificant. The Rangers have a full 40-man roster right now. If they had to put both on right away, it would have meant having to drop two players. Now the Rangers apparently have time.

The Rangers just need to get both players to Spring Training and both are after a five-year banishment because of their role in a visa fraud case. Word is they will be there when pitchers and catchers report next week.

That’s one less move the Rangers need to make this winter.

And the winter is almost over.

Sean Payton is a genius because the Saints recovered an onside kick at the right time. The 49ers lost a game earlier this year when they fumbled away an attempted reverse on a punt return. Head coach Mike Singletary was taken to task for that play.

How many baseball managers understand the fine line between genius and insanity. Grady Little seems to stand out. Remember Pedro Martinez in the 2003 ALCS against the Yankees?

Tough job. But Sean Payton is a genius and the Saints are Super Bowl champions.

This is why we have Monday Morning quarterbacks. And Monday Morning Managers?

1. Who are the top three managers in baseball today?

2. Who are the top three general managers in baseball today?

3. Who was the best manager in Rangers history?

4. What advice would you give Ron Washington in his job as Rangers manager?

5. What do you think is the toughest part about managing in the big leagues?

 

 

17 Comments

1. — The three best are:1 ) Mike Sciosia of the Angels, he has a World Series title an 5 AL West titles – he’s the smartest manager in baseball in my never humble opinion – how are you going to argue with that? 2) The Twins Ron Gardenhire – he does more with a small payroll and appears to be the best at coaching/developing young players than any other manager – somehow he usually keeps the Twins in contention. 3) I’m going out on limb and adding Seattle’s Don Wakamatsu to the list – at least as rookie of the year. Did anyone think Seattle was going to be as good as they were last season? Let’s see what he does with his improved roster this year.

2. — 1) The Angels Bill Stoneman – again 5 AL West Titles and a World Series Ring – and the best manager in baseball all work in his favor 2) I’ll give Jon Daniels a nod – he’s put together a very good farm system built on good drafts, trades and strong Latin player development. Plus the Rangers were, sort of, contenders last season and could be again this season – all with very tight financial restrictions. 3) The Yankee’s Brian Cashman on this list. Yeah, I know he’s got an unlimited payroll – but he does know how to get the right kind of talent with all that money – let’s not forget that John Hart had a $100 million dollar payroll with the Rangers and those teams finished in last place

3. — I accept no quarrel here: Johnny Oates – three division titles – and really that’s the only way to measure the success of this franchise, so far.

4. — In spite of the Rangers success last season, I’m still not sold on Ron Washington as manager of this team – his in game decisions are often baffling to say the least, he’s stubborn (in the wrong way) about lineups that don’t produce the desired results and misplaced confidence in veteran players (for example: Ben Broussard hitting lefties, Andruw Jones) and some inconsistencies handlig younger players. He doesn’t seem like a guy who takes advice, so I’m not offering any.

5. — The toughest part – taking the blame for the players. Isn’t the baseball axiom – you can’t fire the players – so instead you fire the manager, it happens every time.

“Hope is not a dream but a way of making dreams become reality.” – LJ Suenens

1. Torre, Cox, La Russa

2. Melvin, Friedman, Epstein

3. Seriously?

4. The word “is” should not be used in place of the word “are”

5. Keeping your guy instincts at bay.

By “guy” I meant “gut” ha!

1. Bobby Cox, Mike Scioscia, Ron Gardenhire. Cases can be made for other guys like Tony LaRussa, Jim Leyland, Joe Torre, and Terry Francona. I also, love the job that Ron Washington has done with the Rangers. He has gotten better each year and really helped grow the young guys inside the locker room. He gets the guys ready to compete each game. People may argue against my third choice in Ron Gardenhire but I love the guy. There are very few people that enjoy the game as much as he does. I remember last season talking to him before one of the games during batting practice and the man couldn’t stop smiling. He said, “I love this stuff and it never gets old.” He has taken a mid-market team and had them reach the playoffs in half the seasons of the decade. Remarkable!

2. Tony Reagins, Ruben Amaro, Jr, Jon Daniels. The angels have won the AL West almost every single year in the past decade. Reagins has done a great job building the club (although the GMJ signing was questionable at best) Ruben Amaro Jr. has continued what Pat Gillick started when he re-built the franchise from within. Now Amaro has been able to add key guys from the outside in Halladay and Ibanez. He has also locked up most of his key players, outside of Jason Werth for beyond next season. I may be a little biast on listing JD but he has re-shaped this franchise and the trade with the Braves might go down as one the trade that saved us (and his job for that matter) JD has remained patient and through limited funds has added key depth. He has surrounded himself with great baseball minds.

3. Mr. Johnny Oats. He will forever be missed.

4. My only advice is to have a backup plan in place if the pitching struggles to begin the season. How long will he stick with a young guy who is struggling? We stuck with Chris Davis for far to long before sending him back to AAA to regain his confidence.

5. Managing how long starting pitchers go in a game. Nolan Ryan is preaching the philosophy against pitch count and going the extra mile.

1. Who are the top three managers in baseball today?

Joe Torre, Dodgers, Tony LaRussa, Cardinals, and Bobby Cox, Braves

2. Who are the top three general managers in baseball today?

Jon Daniels, Rangers, Brian Casman, NY, Thad Levine, Rangers Assistant GM (Don’t let him get away).

3. Who was the best manager in Rangers history?

Johnny Oats, Whitey Herzog, and Pat Corrales

4. What advice would you give Ron Washington in his job as Rangers manager?

Win, baby, just win. You have Clint Hurdle and Jackie Moore sitting behind you if Nolan want’s to make a move. You do not have the luxury, with this team’s talent, to get off to a slow start. Gut check time.

5. What do you think is the toughest part about managing in the big leagues?

Managing the young athletes of today, managing millionaires, managing the press part of the job and still having time to teach. Wash found out the last takes up a lot of time and he has had to learn delegation.

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1. Sciosia Torre, La Russa
2. Melvin, Stoneman, Epstein
3. Johnny Oates
4. Give us a break, assign yourself as a coach (you are one of the best at that) and call Bobby V.
5. Knowing your players strength’s, weaknesses and tendences, and how to best use them.

My mistake – should have been Bill Stoneman and Tony Reagins from the Angels as best GMs – Reagins inherited a good organization from Stoneman (although Reagins help build it too)

1. Who are the top three managers in baseball today?
Mike Sciosa
Charlie Manual
Joe Torre

2. Who are the top three general managers in baseball today?
Epstein
Melvin
Cashman

3. Who was the best manager in Rangers history?
Oates

4. What advice would you give Ron Washington in his job as Rangers manager?
Stay the course and don’t look over your shoulder (Hurdle might be gaining on you). Keep doing what you do, but he needs to toughen up on guys like Kinsler.

5. What do you think is the toughest part about managing in the big leagues?
You have to win, but sometimes the cards you are dealt (i.e. players) are not condusive to winning. Also, the media glare is greater than ever and every word —more so than every move—is scrutinzed to death. These things are tougher than dealing with the players. The other things I mentioned are the things which blow up in your face when you least want or expect them to.

1. The best managers are Jimmy Lleyland, Tony LaRussa and Joe Torre.
2. All I know is that J>D. Is getting close to the top 3.
3. The best manager in Ranger History? Why Johnny Oates of course!
4. Ron…They hired you because of your teaching ability but sometime this year you’re going to have to take it (as my friend Keegan Michael Key says) to a “hole nufher lebel.” I think sometime this year you’ll have to switch over from teacher to driver.
5. The unrealistic expectations of fans who think they know everything about managing a MLB team and the personalities of young multi-millionaires who think they know how to play the game.

1. Who are the top three managers in baseball today?
Mike Sciosa
Ozzie Guillen
Charlie manuel

2. Who are the top three general managers in baseball today?
Epstein
Melvin
JD

3. Who was the best manager in Rangers history?
Oates

4. What advice would you give Ron Washington in his job as Rangers manager?
Learn how to lean on your support staff, delegate hitting to Hurdle, pitching to Maddux and you take the defense. Just handle the in game decisons with the recommendation of the other two
5. What do you think is the toughest part about managing in the big leagues?
The balance of winning each game with a keen eye on what you need for the next day a week

1. (1) Ron Gardenhire, Minnesota Twins (2) Mike Scioscia, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (3) Don Wakamatsu (should have been hired as the Rangers manager in the first place)

2. (1) Dan O’Dowd, Colorado Rockies (2) Walt Jocketty, Cincinatti Reds (3) Jon Daniels, Texas Rangers

3. Johnny Oates, easily. Who else has taken this team to the postseason?

4. “Resign. You’re not a manager. You’re a coach.”

5. Probably dealing with the ‘Carlos Zambrano’s and the ‘Barry Bonds’s of the game.

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1. Ron Gardenhire, Mike Scioscia and Joe Maddon.
2. Theo Epstein, Ruben Amaro Jr. and Brian Cashman. I’d love to put some GM’s from lower payroll clubs on that list, but I don’t think JD belongs (yet), Billie Beane seems to have lost his magic and Andrew Friedman inherited a ton of talent from Chuck Lamar, likewise with Michael Hill and Larry Beinfest.
3. Johnny Oates
4. Playing time given to young players who fail isn’t productive in the short term, but at least you gain a sense of that player’s ability and future. Playing time given to players who were good 3-4 years ago, but aren’t currently productive is just a waste.
5. Taking blame for player’s failure to execute and dealing with gigantic egos.

1. The three best managers in the game today. 1. Mike Scioscia, Angels. 2. Ron Gardenhire, Twins. 3. Charlie Manuel, Phillies. I chose Manuel over by a nose over Terry Francona. I figure that at least 1 national league manager needed to be in the top 3. Like another person posting said. Wash’s in-game management needs to improve. Sometimes he waits too long to take a pitcher out or he takes them out too early. That has got to get better. That is just an example. But overall game managing decision have to get better.

2. The Best 3 GM’s 1. Epstien, Red Sox 2. Cashman, Yankees and 3. Jocketty, Cardinals. But J.D. is moving up the list.

3. Johnny Oates without question is the best manager the Rangers ever have had. The one 3 division titles were under his watch. Bobby V would ahve to be second I guess.

4. Wash don’t be afraid to make lineup changes if someone isn’t swinging a good bat. If a young hitter isn’t doing his job at the plate send him back to the minors to get right. so Don’t let him flaunder all season and take away ab’s from somwone who might be able to produce.

5. Knowing the right times to call for pitching changes and knowing what you need to do in each game to win whether it is small ball or long ball.

1. Who are the top three managers in baseball today?
LaRussa, Scoscia, Francona

2. Who are the top three general managers in baseball today?
Cashman (Yanks), Friedman (Rays), Colletti (Dodgers)

3. Who was the best manager in Rangers history?
Oates

4. What advice would you give Ron Washington in his job as Rangers manager?
Keep doing it your way (preaching defense) and listen to Nolan

5. What do you think is the toughest part about managing in the big leagues?
Pressure to win right now.

1. Who are the top three managers in baseball today?
Bobby Cox, Joe Torre, Mike Scosia

2. Who are the top three general managers in baseball today?
Doug Melvin, because of what he does with low-budget owners, and produces teams always in contention. Besides that, maybe JD is on the way. Hate to mention a Yankee, but Cashman due to success of the Yankee brand.

3. Who was the best manager in Rangers history?
Johnny Oates, because he actually won. But, a close second to Billy Hunter for the way he turned around a moribund & lethargic 1977 team with a series of intense IN-SEASON mini-camps.

4. What advice would you give Ron Washington in his job as Rangers manager? Don’t be afraid to sacrifice, move runners, take the extra base, etc. We’ve always waited for the 3-run home run–to our detriment.

5. What do you think is the toughest part about managing in the big leagues?
Living with agents, player contracts, etc. which means to definitely play Millwood because he has to reach a certain amount of innings to contracturally meet a multi-million dollar threshold, instead of forgoing that to start younger pitchers, to set them for the future. I hate the fact agents play such a big part, and that contracts overshadow players to prevent them from playing to the situation instead, they try to pump up their statistics for future free agent happenings. That’s why we are so far afield in playing to the situation–players and agents and contracts today dictate homeruns, and similar statistics–like dunks in basketball….it gets press coverage…even though it’s only 2 points, and a homer total at the end of the season looks good to a prospective suitor in signing the guy, who might have done a detriment to the T-E-A-M effort by swinging for the fences when a single to the opposite field would have been textbook baseball. (Read: Hank Blalock)

1. Who are the top three managers in baseball today?
Mike Scioscia, Joe Maddon, Ron Washington. After hearing Wash speak at a couple of Rangers events, I found myself fully energized and wanting to play for him. He is a motivator.

2. Who are the top three general managers in baseball today?
The creativity of Zduriencik can’t be overlooked. However, my three would be Ruben Amaro Jr., Jon Daniels, and Friedman

3. Who was the best manager in Rangers history?
I would guess it to be Oates. He was a little before my time as a Ranger’s baseball fan. He took them to the playoffs. I hear he was a great person. So it has to be him.

4. What advice would you give Ron Washington in his job as Rangers manager?
Don’t worry too much about the lefty lefty matchups too much. Borbon will hit, as will Davis. Just let them play.

5. What do you think is the toughest part about managing in the big leagues?
Taking the heat for what the players are doing on the field, good or bad.

Scioscia, Francona, and Gardenhire

JD, Epstein, and Cashman

Oates- only manager to take team to playoffs.

Stay with your lineup- have more trust in your players.

Dealing with the ego’s of players with big wallets.

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