Was the St. Louis Cardinals hiring of Mike Matheny last year the start of a new trend? Is he a trailblazing hire that other general managers in MLB will mimic?
With what is happening in the MLB and the recent hiring of Walt Weiss as the Colorado Rockies manager, the trend seems to be continuing.
Last year, there were two "true" rookie managers that were hired, Robin Ventura and Mike Matheny. The two managers had outstanding rookie campaigns.
Robin Ventura led the White Sox to an 85-77 record, which placed the White Sox in second place in the Central Division.
Mike Matheny led the Cardinals led the Cardinals to an 88-74 record, which got the Cardinals into the 2012 playoffs. The Cardinals were one game away from reaching the World Series for the second straight year.
These two gentlemen did a fantastic job in their first season. So does this mean the rookie manager is in?
I don’t quite think so, but I believe GM’s in many sports will start looking closer at the...