It’s disappointing that the only candidates interviewed from outside the organization were old associates of John Hart. No Dave Martinez interview. Or Torey Lovullo. And no one outside the box, like an Alex Cora or even Mark DeRosa.
Terry Pendleton, Eddie Perez and Bo Porter were interviewed but Hart now says they won’t be selected because that wouldn’t be fair to Brian Snitker? Then why interview them? TP and Eddie deserve better.
Most baseball people have good things to say about Black. The again, we were led to believe Fredi was well-respected within the game when the Braves hired him in 2011. Snitker obviously cultivated a better atmosphere but he appears to be very conventional. Ron Washington’s players loved him but his strategy appears to be gut-driven. And he’s 64.
Black would probably be my first choice but I can only hope his reputation is warranted. One thing’s for sure: They won’t be breaking any ground.
And to those who say managers don’t really matter anyway, look at the Indians. Terry Francona, and his artful use of Andrew Miller, was a major factor in Cleveland’s win over Boston.