Martano: Baseball leadership has a ‘revolving door’ problem

From Steven Martano at Beyond the Box Score on January 17, 2020:

The last week has been a whirlwind of negative publicity for MLB. The Astros’ sign-stealing scandal has overtaken all other stories with the repercussions affecting multiple teams outside of Houston as well. It has also highlighted yet another systemic issue in the game.

While I hate to throw more timber on an already roaring fire, the three managerial vacancies, and the ‘lead’ candidates (for the record, far as we know, no one has been interviewed yet) profiled thus far, bring up the point that baseball has a ‘revolving door’ problem. It seems that although there are 30 managerial spots to fill, there are only ~40-or-so mostly white men who are considered to fill them.

The Astros, Red Sox, and Mets are all manager-less, despite being only about a month away from Spring Training. The Astros and Red Sox have both been implicated in scandals where they’ll need to rehabilitate their reputations, which is perhaps the best time to think outside-the-box when it comes to leadership.

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Originally published: January 17, 2020. Last Updated: January 17, 2020.