Monday was a busy day for MLB teams looking for their next skipper.
Three managerial openings were filled in short order. This included an opening that no one knew existed, as the Chicago Cubs surprisingly hired Craig Counsell. Not only does this leave the Brewers hunting for a new manager, but David Ross suddenly found himself out of a job.
Three MLB teams found their new managers on Monday. Let’s take a closer look at these moves.
The three new MLB managers
Stephen Vogt – Cleveland Guardians: Stephen Vogt has been regarded as a future manager for years. It was just a matter of time before it happened. That chance is coming with the Cleveland Guardians with Vogt the successor to Terry Francona. Vogt joins a Guardians’ team that is at a crossroads, but could be the perfect fit. His reputation as a clubhouse leader, knowledge of the game, and interpersonal skills make him exactly what a younger team needs.
Carlos Mendoza – New York Mets: The Mets were considered the favourites to land Counsell, especially given their willingness to spend. Instead, they surprisingly ended up with Yankees bench coach Carlos Mendoza to take the reins. Mendoza spent 13 years in the minors with the Yankees and Giants before moving into coaching, working his way up the ladder. The 43 year old is getting his first chance on a veteran team that is still looking for a deep playoff run. One has to wonder if they would be better off with a veteran leader as well.
Craig Counsell – Chicago Cubs: No one saw this coming. David Ross appeared to have the Cubs going in the right direction. Instead, they were the surprise winners of the Craig Counsell Sweepstakes, taking a highly regarded manager from their division rivals. The Cubs are looking to contend in 2024 and bringing Counsell in could be the difference. Thus far, the Cubs have won the managerial portion of the offseason.