View Poll Results: HOF All-Time Team: Managers (Pick 3)

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  • Walt Alston-BKN/LA Dodgers

    4 11.11%
  • Tommy Lasorda-LAD

    3 8.33%
  • Joe Torre-NYY

    6 16.67%
  • Joe McCarthy-NYY

    9 25.00%
  • John McGraw-NYG

    16 44.44%
  • Tony La Russa-OAK/STL

    4 11.11%
  • Sparky Anderson-CIN/DET

    8 22.22%
  • Bobby Cox-ATL

    3 8.33%
  • Miller Huggins-NYY

    4 11.11%
  • Casey Stengel-NYY

    18 50.00%
  • Leo Durocher-BKN/NYG

    2 5.56%
  • Connie Mack-PHIA-PHIA

    8 22.22%
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Thread: All-Time HOF Team: Manager

  1. #21
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    [QUOTE=Fuzzy Bear;1709727}


    He's won with teams that were kind of mediocre.[/QUOTE]

    The 1989 team was a huge favorite, and the injury- masacred 2006 team had a core group of players that won 205 games the previous 2 years. Now the 2002 team that went to the NLCS with S.F. with Jason Simmontachi and a previously retired Andy Benes as their best 2nd half pitchers following the death of Kile, was a remarkable managerial perfromance. 1988, 1990, 2004, 2005? Not so much. All four of those teams had over 100 wins and 3/4 lost to lesser opponents. The 2004 Red Sox team was probably better.
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    so stengel won with the team with a minor league affiliate in their own 8 team league and lost horribly with every one else

    and mccarthy just won

    that is equal?

    why were the mets so bad, the angels were an expansion team, they did ok the astros/colts did better than the mets

    what was the mets secret to being terrible?

    stengel failed 3 of 4 managers attempts

    mccarthy had the best win % of all time

    equal?





    Quote Originally Posted by Beady View Post
    Well, it seems pretty clear we're hardly leveling the playing field if we match the career records of McCarthy, all of whose teams were among the game's strongest organizations, and Stengel, who spent half his career mired with have-not clubs and a hopeless expansion team.

    For that matter, we really don't know that Doc Prothro, to pull a name out of a hat, wasn't a better manager than either of them. Prothro was successful in the minors, but in the majors he simply didn't have the horses. Obviously, Prothro would have had a much, much better record if he had managed the Yankees instead of the Phillies,. On the other hand, McCarthy would have done himself proud to win 60 games with Prothro's Phillies or 50 with Stengel's Mets. Fortunately for his reputation, he never had to try it.

    Was that entirely luck, though? I think it is fair to say this on McCarthy's behalf. Outstanding clubs like Yawkey's Red Sox and the late '20's Cubs, to say nothing of the Yankees, don't have managerial openings often. When such jobs do become available, they are highly desirable and the team will have its pick from a great number of strong applicants, with rarely a need to compromise by accepting a second choice. Joe McCarthy was in the habit of getting those jobs. and he never had to compromise on his side, either, by taking a lesser position. He took the very best jobs and disregarded the rest. That suggests a man who was exceptionally highly regarded by his contemporaries.

    Then again, when you can keep a job as long as Stengel did in Boston while running well below .500 for five straight seasons, you've given a genuinely impressive demonstration that you have your employers' full confidence. When I look at Stengel's and McCarthy's career records from this perspective, I don't see much to choose between them.
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  3. #23
    Quote Originally Posted by 9RoyHobbsRF View Post
    so stengel won with the team with a minor league affiliate in their own 8 team league and lost horribly with every one else

    and mccarthy just won

    that is equal?

    why were the mets so bad, the angels were an expansion team, they did ok the astros/colts did better than the mets

    what was the mets secret to being terrible?

    stengel failed 3 of 4 managers attempts

    mccarthy had the best win % of all time

    equal?
    Do you honestly believe that McCarthy or anyone would have done any better with theose horrible teams Stengel had with the Dodgers, Braves or Mets? A bad manager can keep a good team from winning but a good manager can't make a bad team a winner.

    No denying McCarthy had a great record, but he was fortunate that the Yankee ownership was willing to be patient with one title in McCarthy's first 5 seasons, after winning 6 pennants the previous decade. Then in 1936 Dimaggio came to the Yankees and McCarthy suddenly became a smarter manager, as the Yanks became virtually unbeatable with the best all round player in the game in CF.

    McCarthy had a serious problem with alcoholism, I don't know if it had anything to do with him leaving NY in 1946, but it was behind him leaving Boston in 1950, according to Williams biographer Ed Linn. A bigger reason was that the Red Sox had lost the pennant on the final day of the season in 1948, when McCarthy, for some inexplicable reason picked 7-8 Denny Galehouse to start the playoff over Cleveland instead of 15 game winner Mel Parnell and again in 1949, when the Sox went into Yankee Stadium for the final 2 games of the season, needing just 1 win for the pennant and were swept by the Yankees, blowing a 4-0 lead on Saturday's game. For the record, 1949 was the only season Stengel and McCarthy managed against each other and NY won 13 of the 22 games. Even though McCarthy was only 3 years older than Stengel, he never managed again after leaving Boston in 1950, don't know if his drinking problem had made him toxic to other owners, although he certainly wasn't the only manager at the time with boozing problems.

    I'd go with Casey's record with the Yanks, 10 pennants in 12 years, with 7WS wins and in the 3 WS he lost, it went to a 7th game that was close. In one of the years he didn't win, 1954, he actually had his best team, winning 103 games.

    In any case, managers get far too much credit when they win and too much blame when they lose.
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  4. #24
    I'd go with Casey's record with the Yanks, 10 pennants in 12 years

    It helps when a team from KC gives giving you their best players year after year and they include Maris, (MVP), Slaughter, Terry, Ditmar, Cerv, Boyer, etc etc etc.

    . Then in 1936 Dimaggio came to the Yankees and McCarthy suddenly became a smarter manager, as the Yanks became virtually unbeatable with the best all round player in the game in CF
    For the record, 1949 was the only season Stengel and McCarthy managed against each other and NY won 13 of the 22 games

    and which team in 1949 had that best all around player
    When McCarthy did not win he might have finished second or third, when Stengel did not win he was a good bet to finish 7th or 8th

    I don't know if it had anything to do with him leaving NY in 1946

    according to 1 book I read, the Yankees panicked when they fell way behind the Red Sox early in the season

    McCarthy suddenly became a smarter manager

    that is a BETTER description of Stengel who failed miserably in two managerial lives prior to Yankees and one after


    I'd go with Casey's record with the Yanks, 10 pennants in 12 years, with 7WS wins

    McCarthy had 8 pennants and THE SAME 7 world championships with NY, plus a pennant with Chicago, plus MUCH better teams in his CHicago/Boston days than Stengel's horrible losers in his three other stints
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  5. #25
    Stengel with all 4 teams = .508
    Stengel with Braves, Dodgers, Yankees (minus Mets) = .565
    Stengel with Yankees only = .623

    McCarthy with every team he managed = .615


    List of baseball teams .640 or above managed by either Stengel or McCarthy:

    MCCarthy:
    1. 1929 Cubs .645
    2. 1932 Yankees .695
    3. 1936 Yankees .667
    4. 1937 Yankees .662
    5. 1938 Yankees .651
    6. 1939 Yankees .702
    7. 1941 Yankees .656
    8. 1942 Yankees .669

    Stengel
    1. 1953 Yankees .656
    2. 1954 Yankees .669

    List teams under .500 managed by Stengel and McCarthy

    Stengel
    1. 1934 Dodgers .467
    2. 1935 Dodgers .458
    3. 1936 Dodgers .435
    4. 1939 Braves .417
    5. 1940 Braves .428
    6. 1941 Braves .403
    7. 1942 Braves .399
    8. 1943 Braves .439
    9. 1962 Mets .250
    10. 1963 Mets .315
    11. 1964 Mets .327
    12 1965 Mets .326

    McCarthy
    NONE


    McCarthy's worst Yankee team 1945 - .533
    Stengel's worst Yankee team - 1959 .513

    while no one can expect great things from an expansion team, managing the WORST team of all time (1962 Mets) is hardly a good thing on your resume, even finishing last would be acceptable, but being piitiful means you did not contribute anything, or even helped make the team worse than it was


    where they finished
    Stengel - 8 team league
    1st - 10
    2nd - 1
    3rd - 1
    4th - 0
    5th - 2
    6th -2
    7th - 5
    10th - 4 (10 team league)
    Stengles bell curve is the opposite of normal, very good teams or horrible teams

    MCCarthy - 8 team league
    1st - 9
    2nd - 7
    3rd - 5
    4th - 2
    MCarthy's bell curve is a straight line from excellent to very good


    SUMMARY
    Franchises managed Stengel 4, McCarthy 3
    Franchises managed to pennants Stengel 1 McCarthy 2
    Pennants Stengel 10, McCarthy 9
    World Championships McCarthy 7, Stengel 7
    First or second finishes - McCarthy 16, Stengel - 11
    First, second or third place finishes - McCarthy 21, Stengel 12
    Under .500 finishes - McCarthy 0, Stengel 12
    Teams over .640 MCarthy 8 Stengel 2
    all time record MCarthy .615 (best in history), Stengel .508

    MCarthy's best team - 1939 Yankees .702, won 4th straight world series, sweeping 4-0, scored 967 runs alllowed 556, net of +409, I believe the highest in history
    McCarthy's worst team - 1950 Red Sox (.525 in partial season). last team to hit .300 as a team in history
    Stengels best team - 1954 Yankees - .669 finished second 8 games out, runs 805 runs allowed 563, net of +242
    Stengels worst team - 1962 Mets, worst team in history .250
    Last edited by 9RoyHobbsRF; 03-28-2010 at 10:31 AM.
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  6. #26
    Hobbs, as always I love your selective use of statistics. But you never answered my original question, do you really think McCarthy would have done any better with the terrible players Stengel had on the Dodgers, Braves and Mets?

    Given that Stengel proved himself to be one helluva manager when he had the horses, I don't doubt that he wouldn't as done just as well as McCarthy did with the Cubs and Yankees and possibly had brought the Red Sox to the pennant in the close races they lost in 48 & 49, given that McCarthy was having very bad problems with the boozing by then.

    BTW, in 1949 the Yanks best player, Dimaggio was hurt half the season.

    McCarthy's superb record of 4 consecutive WS wins between 36-39 was only topped by one manager and I think you know who that is.
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  7. #27
    actually my list was COMPREHENSIVE not selcetive

    so all facts presented are just dismissed casually and what ifs and opinions take precedent?? too funny

    penants won world championships won all time winning % are not selcetive

    it is as if hack wilson should be judged by only 1929-30 and the rest of his career dismissed as meaningless and selective use of statistics

    and jackie moore is a better manager than Tony La Russa cause in their only head to head post season series, moores team swept la russas (see 1949 example YOU brought up)

    and you say I use selective arguments?

    we know the history of the two

    mccarthy's record is much more impressive

    all second guessing and theorizing and woulda coulda shoulda are just that - folly

    the true measure of a manager is his entire career not what he did only with great teams or only with bad teams

    everything

    what stengel did woth the yankees was great, even though much help was given by the KC pipeline which makes it tarnished at the least

    what he did with other franchises can not be excused away or erased from the board

    its in the record books

    and we are measuring the best manager

    not the best manager, only in his good years, only with his good teams, only when the KC pipeline existed

    Quote Originally Posted by 64Cards View Post
    Hobbs, as always I love your selective use of statistics. But you never answered my original question, do you really think McCarthy would have done any better with the terrible players Stengel had on the Dodgers, Braves and Mets?

    Given that Stengel proved himself to be one helluva manager when he had the horses, I don't doubt that he wouldn't as done just as well as McCarthy did with the Cubs and Yankees and possibly had brought the Red Sox to the pennant in the close races they lost in 48 & 49, given that McCarthy was having very bad problems with the boozing by then.

    BTW, in 1949 the Yanks best player, Dimaggio was hurt half the season.

    McCarthy's superb record of 4 consecutive WS wins between 36-39 was only topped by one manager and I think you know who that is.
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    PS the Oakland A's won more consecutive post season series than Stengels yankees

    I guess that makes Dick Williams and Alvin Dark better than Stengel

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    PS and yes the A's won three short division series in that run

    if the Yankees had to play short series that would have lost in 1952 (down 3-2 at one point) and 1958 (down 3-1 at one point)
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    and forgot to mention

    the 1939 Yankees, which some consider the best team of all time and definitely a top 5

    did this despite losing the all time ML best first basemen Lou Gehrig

    he currently leads the poll on this site 34-3 over his nearest competitor

    if Gehrig had been on that team it would have been frightening
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    So Stengel is far ahead with 11, and McGraw and McCarthy have each other matched at 7 apiece... Sparky anderson is threatening with 5, and still in the running, Connie Mack and Tony La Russa with 4...

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    Quote Originally Posted by 9RoyHobbsRF View Post
    and forgot to mention

    the 1939 Yankees, which some consider the best team of all time and definitely a top 5

    did this despite losing the all time ML best first basemen Lou Gehrig

    he currently leads the poll on this site 34-3 over his nearest competitor

    if Gehrig had been on that team it would have been frightening
    Actually, he was
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  12. #32
    28 AB 4 hits .143 average, 1 RBI

    yes your point that he was on the team trumps my point that he contributed nothing and if he had a good Lou Gehrig year they would have been even better (some already consider them the greatest team of all time)

    NOT

    Quote Originally Posted by RuthMayBond View Post
    Actually, he was
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  13. #33
    I would still vote for McGraw, McCarthy, and Stengel, but Earl Weaver deserves to be on the poll.

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    great manager


    Quote Originally Posted by hwmongoose View Post
    I would still vote for McGraw, McCarthy, and Stengel, but Earl Weaver deserves to be on the poll.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 9RoyHobbsRF View Post
    great manager
    Yeah, an angry one, anyway lol... but unlucky 13 if included (Plus, how many votes would he get, could he really compete against these guys?)

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    What about Earl Weaver?

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    I took McGraw as he was the actual architect and driving force behind his teams. The others usually had teams assembled by others.
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    McGraw, Selee, and Chance would have easily have been my top three choices. But since the latter two have been mysteriously omitted from this poll, I don't know who else I'd rather select from the above. And in addition to Chance/Selee, I also think Ned Hanlon deserves some mention here as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KCGHOST View Post
    I took McGraw as he was the actual architect and driving force behind his teams. The others usually had teams assembled by others.
    He was the architect behind 1915 thru 1924 AND 1934 thru 1950?
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