Less than seven months after being let go by the New York Yankees, Joe Girardi is already drawing buzz for another managerial job in the AL. Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reported this week that Girardi could be a name to keep an eye on for the Chicago White Sox job if they decide to fire incumbent manager Rick Renteria. Heyman does add however that the Sox are expected to stick with the third-year skipper Renteria “for now.” Girardi, 53, managed the Yankees for ten seasons from 2008 to 2017, going 910-710 (.562) with six playoff appearances and a World Series title in 2009. The former Manager of the Year is also an Illinois native and played in Chicago for three seasons as a catcher for the Cubs from 2000 to 2002. As for the White Sox, they have limped to a 80-125 record (.390) in Renteria’s two seasons at the helm so far, including an MLB-worst 13-30 this year. While they are clearly in a hard rebuild right now, their fans are quickly losing faith regardless, so a … [Read more...] about Joe Girardi a candidate to be next White Sox manager?
After a red-hot start to the season, the Arizona Diamondbacks have lost 10 of 11 and are struggling to reverse the trend. Things continued to get worse after a 4-1 loss to the New York Mets on Sunday, the second time they’ve fallen victim to a series sweep in their last three. Manager Torey Lovullo thinks the team has had a hard time breaking out of the collective slump because everyone is trying to do a bit too much. “I think everybody here is a victim of trying to do too much, and coaches aren’t exempt from that feeling,” Lovullo said, via Zach Buchanan of the Athletic. “We’re a bunch of people that care, and we’re doing our absolute best. So, I think we all just have to realize what our situation is and just do what we normally do.” One instance popped up on Sunday, when third base coach Tony Perezchica waved catcher Jeff Mathis, one of the slowest players on the team, into an out at home on a base hit. “They want it so bad that … [Read more...] about Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo admits team is pressing
Philadelphia Phillies manager Gabe Kapler has seen a lot during his time in baseball. Between a 12-year career in the majors followed by his work on television and in the Los Angeles Dodgers front office, one would think he has seen it all. Yet even Kapler, who played with Hall of Fame catcher Ivan Rodriguez from 2000-’02 with the Texas Rangers, said the play Philadelphia’s catcher Jorge Alfaro made to end the game against the Atlanta Braves is one he’s never seen before from a catcher. “I don’t know if there’s another catcher that I’ve ever seen – and I played with Pudge –– that makes that play in the ninth inning,” Kapler said, via MLB.com “He is spectacularly talented, spectacularly athletic, incredibly durable. He’s starting to look like a guy who is going to be a picture in our lineup for a long time,” he said. It may sound like hyperbole but keep in mind, Kapler has been around professional … [Read more...] about Phillies manager: Jose Alfaro doing things Pudge Rodriguez never did
0 Comments Niall Currie back in management with Carrick Rangers BelfastTelegraph.co.uk Niall Currie has taken the reins at Carrick Rangers and will be tasked with taking the club back into the Danske Bank Premiership at the first time of asking. https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/sport/football/irish-league/carrick-rangers/niall-currie-back-in-management-with-carrick-rangers-36945123.html https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/sport/football/irish-league/portadown/article36214328.ece/3525f/AUTOCROP/h342/2017-08-12_spo_33661895_I1.JPG Email Niall Currie has taken the reins at Carrick Rangers and will be tasked with taking the club back into the Danske Bank Premiership at the first time of asking. Carrick were relegated last season when they lost the promotion/relegation play-off to Newry City, and earlier in the week they parted company with Davy McAlinden. There are few better in the Irish League than Currie at mastering the Bluefin Sport Championship, with the 45-year old having … [Read more...] about Niall Currie back in management with Carrick Rangers
Tampa, Fla. • Running a major league team for the first time in four seasons, 60-year-old Ron Gardenhire thought about all the data and video rammed into the microchip of his iPad, a slew of statistics his bosses hope transform defeats into triumphs. Baseball wasn't like this four decades ago, when Gardy left college to begin his career as an infield prospect in the low Carolina League, down in Lynchburg, Va. "If you're not changing, you're probably not going to last," the new Detroit Tigers manager said. "There's so much information out there. You have to use it." "I'm always going to be an old-school guy. I believe in prep and workouts and all that stuff and taking groundballs," he added. "But the game has changed, and we've got a lot of information that's going to help us." Gone are the days of John McGraw, Leo Durocher, Gene Mauch and Billy Martin, martinets who ran their fiefdoms largely by guts. "Many of the managers were probably like the general type of … [Read more...] about Modern major league manager salesman as much as strategist