Terry Francona played in 708 big league games with 1,827 plate appearances over 10 years: 1981-1990. Francona has never been a general manager but has been a field manager for 14 years with Philadelphia, Boston (two championships) and currently Cleveland.
Managers should not be former players. Sunday, July 19, 2009
MLB has moved beyond former players as general managers. Now teams hire business or statistics hot shots to implement the new concepts and search for even newer ones to provide their teams with a competitive advantage. However, even these new type GMs have not completed the transition. Teams continue to employ former players as field managers ... The common denominator is that they are all former players who are expected to behave within about one percent of conventional wisdom. That needs to change. Head coaches in the NFL and NBA are much more likely to have never played in those leagues.
Shift fear: why are managers afraid to order their batters to bunt against the shift? Thursday, April 10, 2014
Managers are no longer afraid to deploy the shift on defense but they are afraid to order their batters to bunt against the shift. What gives?
Billy Beane on the Future of Sports: A Tech-Driven Revolution
The A's General Manager Says New Systems Will Transform How We Play—and Watch—Sports
By BILLY BEANE
July 7, 2014 3:56 p.m. ET The Wall Street Journal
Baseball ... has been at the forefront of the analytics revolution sweeping through sports...
Baseball ... has always been a game of insiders ... managed by those who played well enough to eventually earn the keys to the front office...
... the line between the "outsiders" and "insiders" will narrow...
Increased demand for the technical skills required to interpret the "big data" produced by 3-D tracking systems also will dramatically change the composition and demographics of front offices, which historically have drawn on former players.
... those who make the evaluations—will fundamentally change ...
... sport will no longer be the exclusive domain of "insiders,"
|Terry Francona June 26, 2013|
by Keith Allison
via Wikimedia Commons
This is the most basic example of the ever increasing disconnect between the rapidly evolving changes in the front office and what is actually happening on the field. Beane never even mentioned this in his article. Beane is as clueless and old fashion as any in ignoring this fundamental change that will eventually happen. And Beane runs one of the most advanced teams. It's much worse with stuffy old fart teams like the Yankees who are in an inescapable downward spiral.