So Don Mattingly is out as Dodger manager. That is great. I have wanted Mattingly out for a while and called for it just a few days ago. He couldn't get a $300 million dollar team to the World Series. He'd had a loaded team for years, and how many chances do you get? 5 years is enough. You have arguably the best pitcher in the league and you have some great bats and you can't get to World Series? So I'm REALLY glad he's out. But now the talk is that Gabe Kapler will become the next manager. Gabe Kapler? A guy with no managerial experience? That Gabe Kapler? Really? There are tons of black managers out there who are viable candidates at the moment. At the moment there are almost no black managers in the game. There is only one Latino manager, Fredi Gonzalez of the Braves. There are lots of black managers out there with experience and smarts.
- What about Dusty Baker? Dusty Baker was recently cold-calling the Padres trying to get work. He's a proven, capable, experienced manager. He took the Giants to the World Series. He took the Cubs to the brink of the World Series. He's been a very successful manager.
- What about Don Baylor? He's been a successful manager with the Rockies and Cubs.
- What about Jerry Royster? He was always a hard-nosed, tough player, and he wanted to manage so much that he went overseas to manage! He's paid his dues as a coach and manager in the minors as well.
- What about Ozzie Smith? He is a legend and beloved by baseball fans.
- What about Ron Washington? He was a great manager for Texas and is well-respected.
- Gary Pettis has been a coach for years now. Where's his chance?
- Hal McRae who has been a manager and coach.
- What about Eric Davis who had a great career and has interest in giving back to the game?