The Philadelphia Phillies announced this past week that they parted ways with manager Pete Mackanin. The organization was kind enough to offer him a front office position but now as they move on from his tenure the search for a new manager begins. As the team is still struggling to find their future, the organization should not interview any of the managers with experience. It is extremely unorthodox to limit your managerial search to candidates who have limited experience but that is exactly what the Phillies should do. There are numerous reasons why the Phillies should take that approach.
First, this season was supposed to develop the rookies and establish a learning curve for the young veterans, who are in the future plans for this team. That obviously didn’t happen and because of this the organization took a step backwards in their rebuilding process. A young manager, who can mold and teach the young players would fit the needs of the organization better than an established manager who is set in his ways. An older manager would not be able to develop the future as efficiently as a younger manager. A younger manager can mature along side the players and a form a bond as they grow together. A prime example of a successful young manager/player relationship is currently going on in Philadelphia as Carson Wentz and Doug Pederson are learning together. The Phillies can learn from that hire.
Another reason why this team should hire a young manager is the fact that there are way to many holes for this team to succeed in the near future. The results in 2017 for this team shows the casual fan that this team is in desperate need of help all around the diamond. The pitching staff has no clear ace. The bullpen does seem to have a closer in Hector Neris but other then that their is no set roles for the back end of the pitching staff. The offensive side of the ball seems to have found a gem in Rhys Hoskins, but other than that no player seems to have reserved a spot in 2018. A new manager will basically have to develop all sides of the ball in order for this team to be competitive going forward. Whomever they hire definitely has their work cut out for themselves and a young manager would be able to ignite a spark for a franchise that has seemingly hit rock bottom the past few years.
Sure an experienced manager makes sense for a franchise trying to turn the corner to succeed but overpaying for a household name would not be a smart idea for a rebuilding organization. Investing in a young manager, who would be able to grow with the talent would be the intelligent decision. A World Series run in 2018 is not a realistic option for the Phillies. If they hire a young manager who is willing to spend time with the players learning and developing then maybe a World Series run in 2019 might be in the works for the Philadelphia Phillies.
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