BDD: Chris Jaffe on Managers

At Baseball Daily Digest, I was able to get Chris Jaffe, author of the upcoming book Evaluating Baseball Managers: A Comprehensive History and Performance Analysis, 1876-2008, to share his knowledge of managers in a two-part interview. Click here to read the first half.

Considering the incredible success the Phillies have had in recent years, where does Charlie Manuel rank on the list of the Phils’ best skippers? Who’s the franchise’s best, in your esteemed opinion? The worst?

Huh.  Well, by and large I think managers are underrated.

That said, I never thought that much of Charlie Manuel.  Hey – he’s the defending World Series champion manager and I’ll give him credit for that, but when it’s all said and done I’m not sure if he’ll go down as anything more than a latter-day Danny Ozark whose shit worked in one postseason.

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