Major League Baseball had an influx of new mangers heading into the 2018 season, including three for clubs that made the postseason last year. One of the newly hired skippers had never even been a coach at the Big League level, not to mention his complete lack of managerial experience.
It should come as no surprise that this inexperienced new skipper, Aaron Boone of the Yankees, finds his clubs closer to the bottom than the top of the American League East. New York had been a preseason favorite to win at least a division championship, especially after acquiring 2017 Most Valuable Player Giancarlo Stanton over the winter.
In spite of a potent lineup that has both home run champs from last season, Boone and The Yankees have lost as often as they have won. Unless he can get his unit to turn things around, many fans will blame The manager’s lack of coaching experience.
Such criticism could very well be justified, especially when you look at the other new manager in the Big Apple. Mickey Calloway, like Boone, is getting his first shot as a Major League manager this year.
Unlike Boone, however, Galloway has the Mets sitting on top of the National League with only one loss in ten games. Also unlike his counterpart in the junior circuit, Galloway has much needed experience as a coach at several levels of baseball.
In addition to the success of the crosstown Mets, the Yankees are also hurting because their long time rivals in Boston have so far dominated the American League. The Red Sox, like the Mets have a new manager who has spent time as a coach.
Alex Cora, who suited up for both the Red Sox and Mets during his lengthy playing career, had spent the previous two seasons as the bench coach for manager A. J. Hinch and the Astros. One key reason Boston probably coveted Cora was because of his crucial role in helping Houston won its first World Series championship in the history of the organization, when it defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers in seven games last autumn.
It is way too early to tell, but Cora could be returning to the fall classic again in 2018, especially if his Red Sox keep playing so well. If his opponents and up being the Mets, many general managers will likely take note to hire for their next skippers guys who have had some solid coaching experience.