- 10/24/2012, 02:11AM ET
Marlins Fan said 10/24, 02:11 AM
TOPIC: Who should be the next manager of the Miami Marlins?
Told you you wouldn't be interested. Not my fault you clicked anyway.
So, who should it be?
There aren't any solid leads on this job as of yet. All we know for sure is that Ozie's out. (Thank God) Oh, another thing we know for sure is that it won't be Bobby Valentine. (Again, thank God)
So if anybody takes this TD we'll be debating blindly. So I'm going to take a shot in the dark and suggest Brad Ausmus.
Ausmus was a fine defensive MLB catcher with an upstanding reputation in MLB and is already on several teams' radar for some type of coaching position, as evidenced by his recent interview with the Boston Red Sox for their since-filled managerial position. Ausmus is currently a special assistant with the San Diego Padres and has a side gig as the manager of Israel's WBC team.
Even during his playing days he was viewed as a likely future-manager due to his baseball acumen and the fact that he was so highly regarded and liked by his peers.
The Marlins say they want a good motivator with communication/people skills and Ausmus certainly fits the bill.
Argos. said 10/24, 01:47 PM
Sandy Alomar Jr.
Sandy too was a great MLB catcher, even better than Ausmus, making it to 6 all-star appearances in his long 20 year career. Not to mention the years before his MLB career he spent around big league clubhouses with his father as a big leaguer.
And Sandy too has got a lot of attention. Recently interviewing for jobs in Toronto, Cleveland, Colorado, Boston, and with the Cubs. People that know him, (Manny Acta, Terry Francona, Travis Hafner) have all said he is ready and will make a great big league manager.
Also, he is Latin. Miami wants a candidate who can communicate to their fans and speak Spanish, which is one of the main reasons they brought in Ozzie, and Sandy certainly can. He is a great communicator in both Spanish and English, and very well spoken.
Plus he has way more experience than Ausmus. Sandy was named a coaching instructor to the Mets in 2008, then has been the bench coach in Cleveland since 2009 before briefly filling in as interim manager at the end of the season. Ausmus has done nothing as a coach (outside of Team Israel), and is completely inexperienced.
Sandy Alomar Jr is the better candidate.
Marlins Fan said 10/25, 12:27 AM
Thought about countering with "Ausmus may not be Latin but he is Jewish and we're talking about South Florida" but I'm not gonna go there any more than I already have. I will, however, point out that you're minimalizing his experience with the Israeli WBC team. Alomar's experience as an interim manager is probably comparable to Ausmus' experience with Israel so I'd call it a wash.
Anyway, you mention Alomar's ethnicity and speculate that his Hispanic heritage is a plus. Yeah well that's what they thought about Ozzie, too. Until he p[rofessed his undying love for Fidel Castro, AKA Public Enemy Number One. Making assumptions about Alomar's ability to relate to the fans based purely off his heritage is foolish and hasty. It'd be like saying that Ausmus will succeed because he's Jewish...
Miami wants a candidate that their players will want to play for. They want a guy who's relatable/respectable enough to coax the very best out of his players. Ausmus has a strong reputation for being that kind of person.
The Cleveland Indians could've hired Alomar as manager after his interim stint. They elected to go with Francona. That probably says more about Francona, but you never know.
Argos. said 10/25, 09:50 AM
Ausmus experience managing Israel is comparable to Alomar's interm manager experience? Are you kidding me?!?!
Ausmus managed Israel for 3 games of 4 days. Israel was eliminated and did not qualify for the World Baseball Classic. He wasn't even manager for a full business week!!!
Then comparing a world baseball qualifying team to a major league team is stupid. Ausmus had to manage a bunch ex-minor league players, thrown in with a pair of ex-MLB'ers (Shawn Green & Gabe Kapler), who were there just for kicks. It was like a beer league game. He didn't have to deal with egos or players playing for contracts or games that matter. It was just a fun ol' time.
And he fail to acknowledge that Alomar also has 3 seasons being a bench coach in the bigs. He has a million times more experience than Ausmus.
Ozzie is an idiot. You can't compare Alomar to Ozzie. Alomar is latino and can speak Spanish. Therefore, he can communicate to many of the fans in their native language. It is a plus.
What makes Ausmus more relatable/respectable to the Marlins than Alomar?
The Red Sox could have hired Ausmus, but went with Farrell. Might say more about Farrell, but you never know.
Marlins Fan said 10/25, 10:31 PM
Alright, Argos. You've gone too far. Typical, I guess, but I'm not having it this time.
For one thing, Alomar manager SIX GAMES as interim manager. He was promoted Sept. 27th and managed through Oct. 3rd. In other words, a TOTAL of seven days.
Ausmus has been managing Team Israel since it's inception. He's already got a couple months and a few games under his belt. As I said earlier, their experience levels are SIMILAR. Nod to Ausmus, though, for his time spent as special assistant with San Diego.
Apart from that, everything you said about Team Israel is wrong. Green and Kapler aren't there for kicks; they're COACHES. Ausmus is hoping to recruit Ryan Braun, Ian Kinsler and Kevin Youkilis for the team, according to MLB.com.
And comparing WBC to MLB experience isn't so far off when we're talking about MLB players, and the manager you menioned was only an interim. Not like he has real experience running a team or dealing with personnel moves, or dealing with fan expectations. Alomar was interim for the last SIX games.
The difference with Boston/Farrell is that Farrell came from another team. Cleveland already had Alomar but chose to let him walk.
Argos. said 10/26, 08:44 AM
The six games is not what I am talking about for experience. It is the 3 seasons, and 480 games, of being the bench coach. The 480 games of being around the clubhouse and participating in managerial activities. The 480 of coaching professional major league fielders and pitchers.
Ausmus has been coach since the inception of Team Israel...May 2012!!!
First off, you don't understand the WBC. First, Israel has to qualify. The qualification took part during the MLB regular season. You must qualify (or placed well enough in the last WBC to skip qualification) in order to participate. Israel's cleanup hitter during qualification was Shawn Green, and Gabe Kapler was their best hitter. Check a box score.
Then Ausmus is not trying to recruit Braun, Kinsler, and Youkilis, because they did not qualify. Your article from MLB.com must be months old. He was hoping they would play if the team qualified for the WBC. Team Israel did not qualify, and will not be participating in the upcoming WBC. They lost out to the powerhouse in Spain...
One candidate has major experience, and can speak Spanish. The other has no experience at all, and cannot speak Spanish.
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