Originally Posted by brm7675
Wow so far two of the Manager openings have been filled with guys with zero major league experince as a coach or manager...or even minor league managing experience
This would seem to support the general proposition that managers are valued not for their strategic decisions, but for their ability to manage people. That is, teams aren't looking for people who have demonstrated tactical brilliance with their extensive managerial experience; instead, they're looking for people who their players will respect and who they believe will create positive clubhouse atmospheres.
As far as I know, this fits with the general research on the subject of managerial moves: Even seemingly big decisions like batting order only have a tiny impact over the course of a season, and so it seems more important to find a manager who can keep players happy than who can statistically optimize every decision.