MINORITIES COME AND GO BUT MOSTLY DON’T COME
By Murray Chass
May 22, 2016
There’s nothing wrong with a team’s firing a minority manager. Minority managers have to be hired to be in position to be fired. Once they are hired, they should enjoy the same accolades or face the same perils as their white male counterparts. The problem with their being fired is there are so few that when one of them is fired, it’s magnified.
That’s what has happened with the Atlanta Braves’ dismissal last week of Fredi Gonzalez, the only Latino manager and one of only three minority managers in Major League Baseball.
So much for Commissioner Rob Manfred’s mythical minority hiring initiative.
Gonzalez’s involuntary departure leaves Washington’s Dusty Baker and Dave Roberts of Los Angeles as the only minority managers in the majors. Baker is African-American, Roberts the son of a black father and a Japanese mother and a native of Okinawa, Japan.
Baker and Roberts were hired last November, meaning Gonzalez was the only holdover minority manager from last season. Lloyd McClendon of Seattle did not make it back this season.
High-level front office and managerial jobs have become hard to land for blacks and Latinos. Manfred has talked promisingly about minority prospects, but he has done nothing on their behalf while pushing the Milwaukee Brewers to hire David Stearns, a young white man, as their general manager.
The commissioner has created a pipeline that he hopes will feed young minorities into significant major league jobs, but the way teams have ignored minorities the pipeline seems destined to become clogged with unsuccessful job seekers.
The Gonzalez firing has done nothing to encourage the enhancement for minority hiring. His dismissal could be seen coming because the Braves began the season so terribly, losing …
LUCCHINO EXITS RED SOX OFFICE, ENTERS THEIR HALL
By Murray Chass
May 19, 2016
On the eve of his induction into the Boston Red Sox Hall of Fame Friday with Jason Varitek and Tim Wakefield , I continue to hear that Larry Lucchino did not willingly relinquish his role as the team’s president and chief executive officer but was pushed out.
Lucchino, 70 years old, was part of the John Henry group that bought the Red Sox in December 2001. An active hands-on executive, he was instrumental in the team’s unprecedented success. With Lucchino as head man, the Red Sox ended the franchise’s 86-year World Series championship drought and then won two more World Series for a total of three championships in 10 years.
Before moving to Boston with Henry and Tom Werner, Lucchino was the chief executive of the Baltimore Orioles and the San Diego Padres.
While in San Diego, he developed a future general manager in …
RED SOX + CUBS = HOF
By Murray Chass
May 15, 2016
With the Chicago Cubs off to the kind of start that would justify the pre-season projections for their season, Theo Epstein could be in position to become one of the greatest general managers, if not the greatest, of all time.
The vast majority of the season remains to be played and then there are the perilous playoffs. But if the Cubs were to win the World Series, Epstein would be in a position no one has ever imagined, let alone achieved.
Epstein was Boston’s general manager when the Red Sox won the World Series in 2004 for the first time in 86 years. He is now president of baseball operations of the Cubs, who haven’t won the World Series in 108 years.
What are the chances that one man could pull off both incredibly long-shot feats? If one man did pull off both feats, how should he be …