Saturday, September 30, 2017

Who will be the next Phillies manager?


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Mickey Morandini or even John Kruk may make a good next manager for the Phillies


Speculation is abound on who will be the finalists for the job of manager for the Philadelphia Phillies for 2018 and beyond. The local media have been talking about who will succeed Pete Mackanin for the job after the Phils finish up the 2017 season.

Some of the names circulated around in this article by CSN Philly's Corey Seidman and Jim Salisbury have Brad Ausmus, Joe McEwing, Buck Showalter, and more offered up as possibilities being thrown around. I don't know that any of these names would be a good fit with the Phils, although Showalter has connections to team President Andy MacPhail. So if anyone, he may have an edge with that connection. Showalter has a curious claim to his managerial fame, he's been name AL manager of the year on 3 occasions, and all in 10 year intervals. Buck won this coveted title in 1994, 2004, and 2014 when he was with the Orioles for his 5th season.

What has Showalter accomplished though in the postseason with teams that he has managed? He took the Dbacks to 100 wins in 1999, that team lost in the NL Division Series to the Mets in a 3-1 series loss. No teams that Showalter has managed have went far into the playoffs

If none of these candidates are selected, perhaps the Phillies will draw inside the organization as they have in the past. Who would be a good choice? How about Mickey Morandini? It's hard to believe that he played his last major league game now 17 years ago, on October 1, 2000. He's been rising through the ranks of Phillies minors in the last few years, and seems to have been groomed for this job.

One thing is for sure, though GM Matt Klentak isn't or shouldn't be in any hurry to name a manager for 2018, the rumor mill will be in full swing in the Philly area for some time now until the manager is named. That's good for the business of Phillies baseball now that the season is drawing to a close, the Phils news will still be on the front burner in the news media.

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