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Hannibal Courier - Post - Hannibal, MO
  • Diamond Dirt: Managers and off-season suspense

  • For many of the Major League Baseball teams it is the off-season.
    And usually it's the players who make the news between October and February — the free agents, the trades, the retirees.
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  • For many of the Major League Baseball teams it is the off-season.
    And usually it's the players who make the news between October and February — the free agents, the trades, the retirees.
    It's great to keep track and see which deals are made and which team benefits or falters. But now the managers are getting in on the mix, which in turn makes player deals a close second in some cases. After all the man you hire to run the team could make or break you, doesn't matter who you have on your bench.
    Four teams will have new managers, that's a guarantee. However two teams are still giant question marks.
    Washington Nationals third base coach Bo Porter will be the Houston Astros Manager in 2013, Terry Francona, after taking a year off following his tenure with the Boston Red Sox will manage the Cleveland Indians. That leaves Colorado, who's manager Jim Tracy resigned at the end of the season, and the Red Sox, who dismissed Bobby Valentine after one season.
    The Red Sox in turn are looking, or at least hoping, to reel in Toronto Blue Jays Manager John Farrell who used to be with Boston, but Toronto isn't too keen on letting him go, yet it still could happen.
    And then there's Ozzie Guillen.
    Remember how he likes to run his mouth and just say and tweet whatever he feels? Well, that might put him in touch with the unemployment office.
    He has said things about his players publicly, not positive, and there was also that fiasco at the start of the year when he praised Fidel Castro. He of course recanted and apologized, but the damage had already been done in Cuban-populated area of Miami where he manages.
    Long story short, six teams could see new leaders.
    Recent stars like Brad Ausmus and Sandy Alomar, Jr. are names floating around out there, and if it were me I'd hire them.
    They're both former catchers, they both played for competing organizations and they both are very knowledgeable.
    Now I'm not saying that former catchers are your best bet to manage a team, but considering the fact they have to control a lot on the field, make sure other fielders are in proper position, know what pitches to throw, know how to pitch certain batters and handle different runners; you'd certainly have to consider that.
    Also considering the fact that Alomar and Ausmus aren't that far removed from their playing days could pretty much make them more relatable to players.
    This could get interesting folks, a year from now we could see another postseason surprise.

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