October 20, 2017
By: Steve Degler
Since the Phillies fired Pete Mackanin, I have been asked many times "Who will be the new manager of the Phillies?" I wish I knew. What I do know is how baseball works. And when it comes to replacing managers, there are a couple things to consider. One is looking at the general manager's resume and finding a connection to a previous place. The other is the candidate on another big league coaching staff who becomes a hot commodity because of what his team has done during the season and in the playoffs.
IronPigs manager Dusty Wathan has already interviewed for the job along with a couple other internal candidates. Wathan is going to be a big league manager...and a good one. I don't know if now is the time. My gut tells me he will continue his learning curve next season as a member of the new manager's coaching staff.
Phillies General Manager Matt Klentak was plucked by the Phillies from the Anaheim organization. Perhaps there is someone in the Angels system that he grew close to who could become the next skipper in Philadelphia. Several high-ranking officials under Klentak have ties to Baltimore. So someone in the Orioles system could be on the radar. Unless it's Buck Showalter, and it won't be, I'm not interested in going there.
The Phillies appear to desire a younger manager who can relate to the growing use of analytics in the game today. The hottest name in category two is Houston coach Alex Cora. He is 42 and could certainly relate to the influx of young talent the Phillies have. My guess is he goes to Boston, so time to search elsewhere.
There is one other place to look regarding the history of Klentak. He is a graduate of Dartmouth College. So is recently fired Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus. After 90 wins in his first season with the Tigers, Detroit slipped the next three years and the former catcher was let go after this season. Ausmus is 48. He also drew interest from the Red Sox. He may indeed be wearing red next year. In Philadelphia.