Originally posted on Fox Sports  |  By By Ken Rosenthal  |  Last updated 11/3/13
Welcome to Phase 2 of the newbie manager, a fascinating case study that will commence with the Nationals' hiring of Matt Williams and the Tigers' choice of Brad Ausmus. The Nationals named Williams manager on Friday and the Tigers are ready to anoint Ausmus, according to a major-league source. The moves to those first-timers are not unlike the Cardinals' hiring of Mike Matheny and White Sox's hiring of Robin Ventura two years ago, or the Rockies' hiring of Walt Weiss last year. But there are important differences. In Phase 1, managers with zero experience joined teams with which they had been closely acquainted: * Matheny had played for the Cardinals from 2000 to '04, forged a strong relationship with longtime pitching coach Dave Duncan and served the team as a minor-league instructor. * Ventura had played for the White Sox from 1989 to '98 and served as a special assistant to farm director Buddy Bell. * Weiss had played for the Rockies from 1994 to '97 and served as a special ...
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