Your! Call: What type of manager should the Jays look for? Staff
9/10/2010 10:50:16 PM
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First year Toronto Blue Jays manager Alex Anthopoulos is keeping to his modus operandi and very little information about the team's search for a manager for the 2011 season and beyond has been released.

With Cito Gaston's second tenure in Toronto set to end after the final 23 games, we thought it might be time to take a closer look at the types of managers the club could hire, and ask you which way you would like the see the club go.

Here are the three-types of hires.

1. The Proven Winner: This is always the most sought after type of manager because they have shown in the past that they have been able to take their clubs to the highest levels of the game. 

This year, there are a handful of those managers that could be available.  Joe Torre, Joe Girardi, Dusty Baker and Tony La Russa all fit into this category and are all in the last year of their deals with their current clubs.  Bobby Valentine, who was very successful recently in Japan, also fits the bill.

The pros to this approach is that the team would get a big name manager that would immediately command the respect of the players and the media.  The fact that they've 'been there and done that' might also rub off on the club in times of trouble during a long regular season.

The cons to these types is two fold.  The first is that they'll likely command a large amount of money, but the second reason is simply supply and demand. 

Because these managers have name value and track record, they are always in demand and can therefore pick the best situations and while the Jays are on the right track, there are other potential bigger market jobs that might be more appealing.

2. The Former Manager: One of the few names that have been rumoured in the Jays' search fits this bill - Don Baylor.  Another guy that was recently hired by the Orioles Buck Showalter would apply here - as would most former managers.

The pros to going in this direction is that the 'previously used' manager has already gotten the nerves out of the way, and has MLB experience to fall back on when things get tough. 

The con - which is really the other side of the coin of the pro - is that the manager comes in with baggage, and depending on how or why he left his previous club - a reputation that may or may not be justified.  The other issue might be that the manager in this case will usually have a .500 record or worse, and a lot of the broader fan base might question why a guy that was unsuccessful the first time around would be different now. 

Those questions could lead the new manager to not having a lot of rope with the fan base if the season got off to a rocky start.

3. The Fresh Face: This category is pretty self explanatory and it's hiring a guy with no MLB managing experience.  This hire can be an existing coach on the roster - a Brian Butterfield type, a manager for a minor league affiliate - like a Sal Fasano type, or a guy like that from another organization.

The pros to going that way are two-fold.  The first is that these managers command the least amount of money because they have no experience – that's a pro for the team, but not necessarily for the fan.

The second and much more important potential benefit of a guy like this could be the fact that he's an up and coming manager that just needed a chance.  Some real examples of this are Joe Maddon and Bud Black.  Both men spent a great deal of time on the bench with Mike Scioscia and have taken the lessons they learned in a very successful system to their new teams.

The con to this approach is that you simply don't know what you have until it's there.  For an example, the Jays need to look no further than the manager's that they hired before Cito Gaston. 

If you look at John Gibbons, Carlos Tosca and Buck Martinez, all three had their moments – both good and bad – but none were the long term solution or the next great manager.

Regardless of what decision Alex Anthopoulos makes in the next few months, there is a potential for big hits and big misses no matter what decision he makes.

With that in mind, which type of manager would you like to see the Blue Jays hire for next year and beyond?  As always, it's Your! Call.

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