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    Why couldn't Marty Breneman manage the reds?

    Just a general question.

    I know most managers are former players in some facet. But at the end of the day why can't people manage a team who have vast knowledge of the game and the team?

    For example, marty? Ignore the age issue for a second...Everytime I hear him broadcasting, and critizing the reds he always seems spot on with what dusty does in terms of negatives (i:e leaving leake to long).

    Marty loves the reds, and would obviously coach with vigor and passion. He knows the team like the back of his hand from all of his broadcasting, and knows the game of baseball akin to any manager currently coaching.

    So why does it seem so taboo, so out of left field, to have a outside guy like someone from the broadcasting team (in this case marty) be a manager?

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    Re: Why couldn't Marty Breneman manage the reds?

    the same reason i can't

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    Re: Why couldn't Marty Breneman manage the reds?

    Quote Originally Posted by R_Webb18 View Post
    the same reason i can't
    I know, but I'm wondering why?

    Why is there a special unwritten rule saying you have to be a former player?

    If you have the knowledge about baseball, if you have the knowledge about every inch of your team, if you have the drive and commitment, why does it seem so strange?

    Because what does a manager do that's so special?

    Make the lineup cards?
    Substitute players during the game?
    Argue certain calls?
    Bench his players?
    Making pitching choices?

    I just don't see the special requirement needed angle, that requires a manager and his specific knowledge in order to coach.

    Instead we see coaches get 8 Million dollar salaries, and coach without any logic at times, and no passion or drive. Seems like a waste of money imo.

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    Re: Why couldn't Marty Breneman manage the reds?

    i guess nobody knows either

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    Re: Why couldn't Marty Breneman manage the reds?

    Same reason that 99.999% of us here couldn't--we can talk it, but not many can actually DO. Armchair managers, that's us....

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    Re: Why couldn't Marty Breneman manage the reds?

    Quote Originally Posted by RedTruck View Post
    I know, but I'm wondering why?

    Why is there a special unwritten rule saying you have to be a former player?

    If you have the knowledge about baseball, if you have the knowledge about every inch of your team, if you have the drive and commitment, why does it seem so strange?

    Because what does a manager do that's so special?

    Make the lineup cards?
    Substitute players during the game?
    Argue certain calls?
    Bench his players?
    Making pitching choices?

    I just don't see the special requirement needed angle, that requires a manager and his specific knowledge in order to coach.

    Instead we see coaches get 8 Million dollar salaries, and coach without any logic at times, and no passion or drive. Seems like a waste of money imo.
    There is no rule and I am sure there are many managers who never played before. But you also have to cut your teeth at a much lower level before you would get promoted to a higher level just like in any business unless there is some type of nepotism involved.

    LIST OF MANAGERS WHO NEVER PLAYED
    http://www.baseball-almanac.com/mgrnon.shtml
    Last edited by DocRed; 10-14-2012 at 08:48 PM.

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    Re: Why couldn't Marty Breneman manage the reds?

    Quote Originally Posted by DocRed View Post
    There is no rule and I am sure there are many managers who never played before. But you also have to cut your teeth at a much lower level before you would get promoted to a higher level just like in any business unless there is some type of nepotism involved.

    LIST OF MANAGERS WHO NEVER PLAYED
    http://www.baseball-almanac.com/mgrnon.shtml
    is that a list of players who never played minor league baseball either? or just major league?

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    Re: Why couldn't Marty Breneman manage the reds?

    Quote Originally Posted by DocRed View Post
    There is no rule and I am sure there are many managers who never played before. But you also have to cut your teeth at a much lower level before you would get promoted to a higher level just like in any business unless there is some type of nepotism involved.

    LIST OF MANAGERS WHO NEVER PLAYED
    http://www.baseball-almanac.com/mgrnon.shtml
    Except Matheny who has only managed 'little league' until this yr...

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    Re: Why couldn't Marty Breneman manage the reds?

    I think another part of it, is that the manager needs to get buy in from the team. Why would they respect someone who has really no idea what it's like to stand in against a fast ball coming at them, or 50,000 people screaming while it's happening.

    We all saw what happened with the Red Sox this year. That was a disaster.

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    Re: Why couldn't Marty Breneman manage the reds?

    Padres hired announcer Jerry Coleman in 1980. Didn't work too well. He went back to announcing the next year and still is.

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    Re: Why couldn't Marty Breneman manage the reds?

    There is also a lot more to managing than just game time decisions. It's an extremely stressful job that will have a manager burning the midnight oil throughout the season.
    I've said all winter they talk about this team winning the division and my comment is, they won't win it because, at the end of the day, they still are the Chicago Cubs, and they will figure out a way to screw this whole thing up. - Marty Brennaman

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    Re: Why couldn't Marty Breneman manage the reds?

    Quote Originally Posted by RedTruck View Post
    Just a general question.

    I know most managers are former players in some facet. But at the end of the day why can't people manage a team who have vast knowledge of the game and the team?

    For example, marty? Ignore the age issue for a second...Everytime I hear him broadcasting, and critizing the reds he always seems spot on with what dusty does in terms of negatives (i:e leaving leake to long).

    Marty loves the reds, and would obviously coach with vigor and passion. He knows the team like the back of his hand from all of his broadcasting, and knows the game of baseball akin to any manager currently coaching.

    So why does it seem so taboo, so out of left field, to have a outside guy like someone from the broadcasting team (in this case marty) be a manager?

    Players hate him
    He does not even announce a full season anymore

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    Re: Why couldn't Marty Breneman manage the reds?

    You would need to garner tons of respect from your players. I'm not sure Marty has the expertise of baseball, as far as technique/skills go.


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