Who should the Phillies consider for their open manager position?
The Phillies are officially searching for their fifth manager since Charlie Manuel was fired in 2013. Neither Ryne Sandberg, Pete Mackanin, nor Gabe Kapler lasted more than two full seasons as the Phillies manager, a major dent in the franchise’s legacy and the recent rebuild.
With Kapler the Phillies hoped to find their own Aaron Boone, Alex Cora, Kevin Cash, and A.J. Hinch, all former players having success in their first run as a major league manager. For whatever reason, be it a lack of clubhouse control, analytics, connection to the fanbase, or feel for the game, Kapler did not succeed the way the other four young managers did.
As we see often in the world, not just in baseball, when an organization or country gets tired of one way of leadership, they go in the complete opposite direction. Philadelphia’s search for a new manager will be no different. Look for the search, led by general manager Matt Klentak, to focus on experienced baseball men with prior managerial experience, a stronger grasp on the clubhouse, and at least some appreciation for analytics.
The last time the Phillies interviewed candidates for their manager job, here were a couple of the names who came up: John Farrell, Chip Hale, Manny Acta, Juan Samuel, Jorge Velandia, Phil Nevin, and Dusty Wathan.
Here are a couple of names who deserve mention, but either won’t get serious consideration for one reason or another or won’t be interested.