There is something special about a Major League Baseball organization that fills as many needs as possible from inside the organization. The Boston Red Sox did it with their managerial void and it has paid a ton of dividends. Most think the Cincinnati Reds could fill several roles from inside the system and the Atlanta Braves are legendary for sticking with the home crew if they at all can. They have done so again with new third-base coach Doug Dascenzo.
Dascenzo is taking the place of Brian Snitker at third because he is the new manager at the Braves’ triple-A team at Gwinnett. The current Braves manager, Fredi Gonzalez started as a member of the coaching staff for Bobby Cox and look where he is today. Don’t be surprised to see the likes of Skitker and Dascenzo take coaching roles and eventual managerial roles somewhere around the game. The Kansas City Royals have the Braves to thank for their manager Ned Yost and former one-time Red Sox manager Jimmy Williams also had some success.
The point is clear to these two guys. As long as they do their best at their job and get results, they’ll be moved into higher roles around the organization. When they are ready to take the big next step to a major league manager, they’ll be ready in large part because of the organization they were a part of. It’s just good to see an organization strong enough to build from within even at the level of coaching jobs. It makes a difference.