In an industry full of recycling when it comes to managers being hired time and time again (Bobby Valentine for example), it is nice to see a few new faces this season.
The newest managers to look at are
1. Dale Sveum – Chicago Cubs
2. Robin Ventura – Chicago White Sox
3. Mike Matheny – St Louis Cardinals
* Matheny might have the highest expectations (wins/loses) of the three due to the team not being in rebuild (or build) mode. Matheny has a lot of respect in the Cardinals organization, and might have the best “win now” roster of the three, but with that comes more pressure to win. This is also a team with a few aging players such as (the newly acquired) Beltran, to go along with Berkman who had one hell of a turnaround season in 2011.
* Ventura seems to have his work cut out with having to try and figure out how to get production out of Peavy, Rios and Dunn, each of whom are coming off some down seasons. No doubt he will be vastly different from Guillen, but can be manage is the question, as he has not been challenged to do so to date.
*Sveum likely has the lowest expectation of the three this season, as the Cubs are in build mode no doubt, but that doesn’t mean that he is not expected to try and out manage the opposing team and produce no matter the talent on the field. Sveum has the most managerial experience of the three, but that experience was a few years back as interim manager od Milwaukee.
Which manager do you believe will have the easiest/hardest learning curve?
Which manager do you believe will be a long term skipper?
Do you feel any of the three are getting a “cup of tea” so to speak and will not be around long in this role?