The Phillies will name Matt Klentak (above) their new general manager in a press conference today.
I don’t mean to disparage new Mariners manager Scott Servais, who has never managed or coached at any level, or Klentak, whose résumé actually is quite sufficient for his new position.
It’s the pattern that troubles me. And it’s a pattern that should trouble baseball, if the sport truly is interested in diversity for its top positions. Not just ethnic and racial diversity, but intellectual diversity, too.
I’m sorry, but as much as I recognize the importance of analytics, it is disrespectful for teams to overlook the value of experience when considering prospective managers. If the main prerequisite for managing is merely sharing and implementing the GM’s vision, then a whole bunch of qualified people will continue to be shut out.
Read Ken Rosenthal’s FoxSports.com’s piece: