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Early Grades for New MLB Managers in 2014 Season

Early Grades for New MLB Managers in 2014 Season

Brad Ausmus Detroit Tigers
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No matter how close a man gets to managing a MLB club, nothing can ever prepare him for the change when he takes the helm of a new team. Some of the managers taking over for a team in 2014 are brand new while one is a returning manager. Here are grades for their early season performance and a look at how they should do going forward. Ryne Sandberg deserves a mention as he debuted in August of 2013. He seems to be doing as well as anyone could.

Lloyd McClendon – Seattle Mariners: B

Lloyd McClendon Seattle Mariners
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Lloyd McClendon – Seattle Mariners: B

Lloyd McClendon Seattle Mariners
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His Mariners started the season 3 – 0 which is certainly a good thing considering they lost two key starting pitchers to the DL in Spring Training. His grade is only slightly lower because his GM paid for a good deal of his change instead of him inheriting the same team that struggled a year ago. At the same time, lets take nothing away from the good job he is doing so far.

Rick Renteria – Chicago Cubs: A

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Rick Renteria – Chicago Cubs: A

Rick Renteria Chicago Cubs
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This man knows what he is doing with a baseball team. Years of managing minor league teams has prepared him well for this challenging position of managing the Cubs. He could be the key to taking this team from where they have been stuck into the next level of competition. He gets high marks for having the stones to play a 5-man infield already in 2014 and having it be successful.

Bryan Price – Cincinnati Reds: A+

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Bryan Price – Cincinnati Reds: A+

Bryan Price Cincinnati Reds
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The Reds have eight players on the disabled list including starters, many key bullpen pitchers, their closer and the starting catcher. Though his team is 1 – 2 on the young season going into their fourth game, Price has clearly crafted a team atmosphere that is going to be very successful going forward. It also takes a ton of guts to suggest that any pitchers who do not throw strikes will not pitch for his team.

Brad Ausmus – Detroit Tigers: B-

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Brad Ausmus – Detroit Tigers: B-

Brad Ausmus Detroit Tigers
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I suspect Ausmus' grade will rise through the season as he has to deal with problems that will arise. As yet all he really has had to do is allow one of the better rosters in the game to go out and play. His decision making is solid, his team seems to respect him already and as long as no trip-ups come out of nowhere for him, he should continue to do a good job with a good team.

Matt Williams – Washington Nationals: A-

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Matt Williams – Washington Nationals: A-

Matt Williams Washington Nationals
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Much like Ausmus, Williams hasn't had to deal with a lot of trouble this year as of yet. He has already shown great ability to make decisions and should not disappoint as the season crawls forward. The real test would come if some of his key couple of offensive players went down to injury and the team had to scramble to overcome it. As of now they are a great team with a very good new manager. We'll see what happens going forward.