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For managers, it's still an old man's game

Posted on: June 25, 2011 9:12 pm
Edited on: June 25, 2011 9:24 pm
With Davey Johnson taking over the Nationals on Monday, baseball will have as many managers over 60 as under 50.

Yes, despite the retirement last year of Bobby Cox (who is 70), Joe Torre (also 70) and Lou Piniella (67), managing is still an old man's game.

"I think Jack McKeon said it pretty good," Tigers manager Jim Leyland said. "Why penalize experience?"

McKeon just returned to manage the Marlins, on an interim basis, at age 80. Johnson, back in a major-league dugout for the first time since 2000, is 68.

The 66-year-old Leyland, who began the season as baseball's third-oldest manager behind Charlie Manuel (67) and Tony La Russa (66), is now just the fifth-oldest.

Dusty Baker of the Reds (62) and Terry Collins of the Mets (62) make it seven managers who have passed 60.

There are also seven who have yet to turn 50, with Cleveland's Manny Acta the youngest, at 42.


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For managers, it's still an old man's game

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Posted on: December 3, 2011 8:08 am

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Since: Feb 25, 2009
Posted on: June 28, 2011 7:30 pm

For managers, it's still an old man's game

Isn't Davey Johnson the guy who managed to get eliminated with the star-laden Team USA in the World Baseball Classic ? This was one of top embarassment moments I've ever seen from the manager. 
And he started his Nationals career with a loss - seems fitting.

Rizzo said he was not comfortable to make "commitment" to Riggleman yet. Does he feel real comfortable now ? Stunning. 

Since: Aug 16, 2010
Posted on: June 26, 2011 7:03 pm

For managers, it's still an old man's game

Rizzo is such an idiot. He is on the post game and says Davey will finish the 2011 season then they will sit down and do an evaluation and a manager search. This clown baby doesn't have a clue. If he would have simply talked to Riggleman he would not be in this position. With this comedy and the stupid moves he has made you have to ask yourself one question. When will ownership wake up and get rid of this guy? 

Since: Jan 7, 2009
Posted on: June 26, 2011 2:12 pm

For managers, it's still an old man's game

The Nationals wouldn't pick up Riggleman's option for next year. Which is not to much to ask after the job he has done. Which was excellent. So he did the only thing he thought he could do. Then that brilliant National's GM goes out and gives a contract that not only covers the rest of this year, but an additional 2 years, to a fossil that hasn't managed a game in over 11 years? I just have one question. What is wrong with the GM? Was he born stupid? Or did he have to take classes? Sub-moronic cretin!

Since: Aug 25, 2006
Posted on: June 26, 2011 1:47 pm

For managers, it's still an old man's game

I can't figure out if hiring Davey Johnson is more stupid or lazy. I guess Connie Mack was not available.

Of the managers of the teams in first place or the Wild Card spot, only Philadelphia's Charlie Manuelis over 60:
Manny Acta    Cleveland Indians    42
Joe Girardi    New York Yankees    46
Fredi Gonzalez    Atlanta Braves      47
Terry Francona    Boston Red Sox      52
Kirk Gibson    Arizona Diamondbacks    54
Ron Roenicke    Milwaukee Brewers    54
Bruce Bochy    San Francisco Giants    56
Ron Washington    Texas Rangers       59
Charlie Manuel    Philadelphia Phillies    67

For the above, only Manuel, Bochy and Francona have more than 5 years managing experience.

Since: Nov 18, 2006
Posted on: June 26, 2011 12:14 pm

For managers, it's still an old man's game

Davey Johnson is the original roid user back in the day and had one season that was a joke compared to the rest. Yes they did have ped's in his day and he used them. The guy is an old geyser that shows what a good old boy network the MLB is still to this day. He is also the last guy to get a hit off of Sandy Koufax in the 66 world series. Just a side note. Bad choice and a bad manager. If they are looking for a baby sitter a real bad choice. Most likely someone was throwing him a bone.

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