Originally Posted by cincinnati chili
There's a glass-ceiling perception among good minor league managers who did NOT play in the majors that they have to be very lucky or really buddy-buddy with management to ever sniff the majors. Not sure that's true, given the Jim Leylands of the world, but it's the perception.
There are also a lot of "old school" minor league managers who feel like the book Moneyball hurt their chances of every moving up to the majors or high minors. Paranoia perhaps, but that's the perception.
I remember for years hearing about how we should give Dave Miley a shot at the Reds job.
"Old school" oozing from every pore. A perfect guy for the minors where the players still had to toe the line or be out of baseball.
Once he finally got to deal with the big league ego, he folded like a lawn chair. He wasn't prepared for the sensibilities of the modern day player.
On the other hand, he did pick up a couple of nice chairs as parting gifts.