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  1. Maybe it is relate-ability, as you stated. But also maybe it is because the old time way of thinking (which is the way of thinking of many of the most experienced managers) is becoming obsolete. The game is becoming more and more analytic and organizations are realizing it is better to get someone who lacks the experience to fit an organizational philosophy instead of bringing in an older guy and trying to change his mind. Just a thought.

    Comment by Randy — October 29, 2012 @ 10:04 am

  2. One factor may be cost. First time managers tend to accept less. I’m sure they might relate better to the younger players,too. However, I’m not convinced their way of thinking is all that different .

    Comment by AverageMeansAverageOverTime — October 29, 2012 @ 10:51 am

  3. The Red Sox traded for Farrell because he was their first choice, they wanted to wrap the search up quickly, and Aviles was a one-year guy (no future beyond 2013) on a 69-win team. It was more important to them to get Farrell (a known quantity and a traditional-manager type who nonetheless is statistically savvy), and to get the coaches they want, than to keep Aviles. Now Farrell may not be the right choice (I have doubts), but given that decision the trade was perfectly reasonable.

    Comment by Mr Punch — October 29, 2012 @ 12:25 pm

  4. It sounds like a good theory, but they arent exactly hiring sabermetric geniuses. Are the “young guys” really managing and thinking about the game differently? I haven’t been blown away by the decision making processes of Ventura or Mattingly.

    Comment by Heather — October 29, 2012 @ 3:22 pm

  5. Good managers don’t follow a recipe…they’re a combination of good leadership, good discipline, good tactics, and luck. Those qualities can be found in a young former player, just the same as a veteran minor league manager, who never rose above A ball as a player.

    Good for teams if they are considering any avenue that a good manager may be found. Bad for teams, though, if this is a new “fad” that needlessly restricts the pool of talented candidates.

    Comment by Heather — October 29, 2012 @ 3:28 pm

  6. With the trend towards younger managers, one has to wonder how long it is before we see the next player manager. I think a team might seriously consider it with someone like Jeter who is respected around the league, and has the ability to stick around the league for a prolonged amount of time

    Comment by F/X wing pilot — October 29, 2012 @ 4:40 pm

  7. I’m right with you, Red 3.

    Comment by Jed Porkins (above Death Star) — October 29, 2012 @ 9:44 pm

  8. With the level of scrutiny and attention to detail required to be a manager (as well as a player of course) it would be extremely difficult, if not impossible to be an effective player-manager nowadays. You see it in football, where a head coach is calling defensive or offensive plays as well as managing in-game decisions. These situations almost never work out.

    Comment by DD — October 30, 2012 @ 8:09 am

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