I am back a bit later than expected with the results of the Rock Star manager election. I don't want to get too in depth with why I was busy, but Friday was spent hunkered down in a basement hoping to not have my home destroyed (we got lucky). Most of Saturday I traveled a little south to help with some cleanup efforts in a smaller Kentucky town that wasn't so lucky. I hate tornadoes. Anyway, let's lighten the mood a bit by selecting the Rock Star manager. With the WAR variable. obviously managers do not have a WAR, so I had to improvise. I looked at the Pythagorean win-loss record (expected W/L pct.) and compared it to actual wins and losses and used a plus/minus meaning a manager that has a plus wins more than expected and vice versa. Not perfect but it'll work here.
Don Baylor - 7 votes = 4 points
Clint Hurdle - 5 votes = 3 points
Jim Tracy - 2 votes = 2 points
Buddy Bell - 1 vote = 1 point
Jim Leyland - 0 votes = 0 points
Don Baylor - +11 = 4 points
Jim Leyland - 0 = 3 points
Jim Tracy - (-6) = 2 points
Buddy Bell - (-12.5) = 1 point
Clint Hurdle - (-14.5) = 0 points
Don Baylor = 4 points
Clint Hurdle = 3 points
Jim Tracy = 2 points
Buddy Bell = 1 point
Jim Leyland = 0 points
Don Baylor = 12 points (unanimous selection)
Clint Hurdle = 6 points
Jim Tracy = 6 points
Buddy Bell = 3 points
Jim Leyland = 3 points
The Rock Star manager is Don Baylor
I was wrestling with this decision for several days before finally deciding on Baylor ahead of Hurdle. I do believe this was a lot closer than the final score indicated (man I suddenly feel like a bad sportscaster). Baylor got it in my mind for having multiple winning seasons with an expansion team over the one pennant winning season and the rest mediocre that Hurdle provided. Jim Tracy is right where he belongs in the middle, but were it not for the 2009 playoffs he would be below the bottom of my list. I can't stand the way he manages a game with his "rest all the stars on Sundays" or "let's put 6 relievers in this inning for matchups" philosophy. Luckily for him the Rockies have Jim Leyland's worst ever performance and Buddy Bell, who is arguably the worst manager since the 1990's. Let's celebrate Don Baylor and I will quietly hope that Tracy is replaced soon by the new winner of this category.
Next Sunday, I will be putting together the bench and showing the entire Rock Star team. This series has been a lot of fun for me and I hope a lot of fun for you as well. I know that I learned some things about my favorite team that I did not know (or had forgotten) and I am fairly confident that you all learned something about one of those teams that are easy to ignore for fans of other clubs. Thanx for reading.