Blue&White wrote:It begs the question if you even need a manager. Or a manager that is remotely competent. If they are nothing but a conduit, does it matter if they know anything? I guess the Phillies figure putting an actual baseball guy will still matter with the fans, but, ultimately, if this goes the way JC is suggesting it won't matter much if the fans like Kapler or not.
Since the players still really are people, and the season is long, I think a successful manager still needs to be a motivator, cajoler, thinker, schemer, etc. And of course if the MLB manager corps in 2-3 years consists of 30 cyborgs, many of those cyborgs will be profound losers of baseball games. Then someone will hire Girardi and win the pennant. Re Philly, Klentak will only be able to ignore loud boos for so long - if it comes to that.
One final note: "JC" I think still is inVA. "JG," on the other hand, is alive and well on this board.