Time for a little thought experiment. It seems that the angry mob as lit their torch and sharpened their pitchforks with designs on storming Arte Moreno's castle to demand the head of Mike Scioscia if (NOT when, at least not yet) the Angels fail to qualify for the post-season, but I can't help but wonder to what end?
We all know by now that I am a card-carrying Scioscia apologist, so I have to ask who it is everyone thinks will do such a better job than Scioscia is currently capable of. In my mind, there is only really one name that qualifies, but I am curious what the rest of you think in order to provide contrasting frames of reference. So, rather than open things up to suggestion, let's try this. Below is a list of current MLB managers. That obviously isn't a full list of potential replacements for Scioscia, but it does provide some good comps since these 29 men were already deemed good enough to manage someone. We can talk about the Terry Franconas and Ryne Sandbergs of the world some other time.
I know how I expect these results to come back, but I don't want to taint the voting by tipping my hand too much. Vote now though because I want to talk about this on my next podcast. And please note that you can vote for multiple managers:
Not to sway the results or anything, but if you vote for Jim Tracy I am going to throw out your vote, ban you from the site, find out where you live and punch you in the sack.
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My take on this whole manager thing..... All things have a shelf life, and Mike Scioscia's inventiveness, unexpectedness and youthful drive seem to have long since passed. There's just certain managers I think are better than him, Showalter, Maddon and Bochy mainly. Is Scioscia a bad manager? No, I just don't think he's a great manager either. Is there anyone off the top of my head that's available that could do better than him? Maybe but probably not. He isn't brilliant and has his flaws, but to Scioscia's credit, the clubhouse is never fighting, he doesn't say anything overly stupid and he's aggressive. If I were to assign him a grade, I'd give him a solid B.
Sorry about the Jim Tracy thing. The whole idea is so ludicrous that I felt it demanded a ludicrous answer.
And now that I'm at the bottom, typing, I notice the Jim Tracy disclaimer. AFTER I voted. Maybe that should have been a little higher up. Oh, well, too late to pull back now. Just know that it was a jape upon the concept.