Your Guide to the Managerial Interview Quota System

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The NFL has its strictly-enforced Rooney Rule, but when it comes to hiring minorities to fill managerial roles, baseball has been doing a pretty decent job on its own ever since Al Campanis had his Jimmy the Greek moment. It is essential for professional sports teams to consider all qualified candidates for a job regardless of race, color, creed, or ability to execute the double-switch.

Sometimes though, even if a team has decided which manager they want to hire, they'll go ahead and open up the interview process to some other candidates, just for appearance's sake. Dale Sveum doesn't mind. He likes the frequent flier miles.

Here then is a list of some of the candidates for managerial openings in places like Pittsburgh, Milwaukee, and Seattle, and the associated minority group or special category they represent.

Name
Identifying group
Career record
What's his deal
cecil-cooper1.jpg Cecil Cooper African-American men with goatees
171-170
Interviewed for the Mariners job but also under consideration to return to his roots in Milwaukee. Probably far better than his record indicates since he rallied a terrible Astros team to a good finish.
(See also: Don Baylor, Lloyd McClendon)
kenmacha.jpg Ken Macha Doddering senior-citizens
525-447
Absent-minded perfessors need love, too! Macha's bullpen management in Oakland and Milwaukee was questionable at best but the Pirates need to make sure AARP doesn't file an ageism suit.
(See also: Tommy Lasorda)
bob-melvin.jpg Bob Melvin Menschy control freaks
493-508
Could be a candidate for the Jays job but he calls for bunts too much. Smart fella, but he could opt not to work on certain fall holidays if his new team ever makes the World Series.
(See also: Gabe Kapler, Larry Rothschild)
timwallach.jpg Tim Wallach Former Expos
NULL
Wallach has no MLB managerial experience but was named the 2009 Manager of the Year in the PCL. He's up for the Blue Jays job but in the end, Ontario folk could care less aboot those jerks in Montreal.

(See also: Gary Carter, Ned Yost)

bobbrenly.jpg Bob Brenly Learning-disabled yokels in the media
303-262
Former managers on television have almost a hypnotic effect on baseball execs but it's a dangerous hire. If you listened to Brenly's "analysis" on TBS during the LDS, you agree that his brain has pretty much melted in broadcasting.
(See also Bobby Valentine)

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5 Comments

Whither AJ Hinch?

He's under "Twinks".

I shit you not, here in Milwaukee, Ken Macha appeared in a local magazine for senior citizens talking about the lifestyle. It was hilarious, i'll tell you that.

You thought Brenly was bad in the postseason? You should hear him "analyzing" Cubs games. And to think he's not the worst Chicago baseball broadcaster either...

He gone...

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