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From the member known as dannycater:

Who Cares Who Manages, Just Make Sure They Are Fresh

In the history of Sox Baseball going back to 1912, managers of Boston teams are known for quick turn-arounds, or success in a relative hurry.

The Red Sox have made it to the postseason 13 times in the years from 1912-2003. In those 13 successful years, only Joe Cronin in 1946 was a manager for any significant period of time before his team won either a pennant, division or wild card.

This bodes well for any new manager of the Sox.

Here is a list of the managers, listed with the year that they won after they became manager of the Sox:

1912-Jake Stahl-1st season
1915-Bill Carrigan-2nd season
1916-Carrigan-3rd season
1918-Ed Barrow-1st season
1946-Cronin-13th season
1967-Dick Williams-1st season
1975-Darrell Johnson-2nd season
1986-John McNamara-2nd season
1988-Joe Morgan-1st season
1990-Morgan-3rd season
1995-Kevin Kennedy-1st season
1998-Jimy Williams-2nd season
1999-Williams-3rd season
2003-Grady Little-2nd season

Nine different managers rang up a postseason appearance by their second season as Sox manager. And the three other appearances were by same managers in their third season.

What does all this mean? Well, it tells you that having a manager long-term doesn’t seem to be all that important. It also speaks of how managers are hired to be fired, especially with the Sox.

A less-alarming statistic is that in each of 13 cases, the manager was NO LONGER running the sox on the field by their third season following the playoff appearance. Again, success either happens quick and if it isn’t sustained, the manager is fired.

Five different managers hit playoff pay-dirt in their 1st season as manager, so hopefully whomever the sox hire will be the sixth in 2004.

Any updates on the “Manny on Waivers” situation, I’ll post here if I hear them.

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