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2000 Candidates

We miss ya, Zim.

We miss ya, Zim.

While this election brings with it a couple of Hall of Fame managers in Sparky Anderson and Tommy Lasorda, it also brings more managerial compilers than any election to date. Six of our managers this time around won a total of only two World Series. And aside from Sparky and Tommy, those six guys finished their careers a total of 96 games below .500. I’m guessing that this isn’t going to be that controversial of an election.

Still, we have some good guys to look at. Jim Fregosi may have been an interesting combination candidate had his managerial career gone a little differently. Joe Altobelli won the World Series as many times with the Orioles as Earl Weaver, so there’s that. John McNamara will always have images of what might have been if only he went to Dave Stapleton rather than Bill Buckner. And Don Zimmer was just about the ultimate baseball guy. May fans remember for his service to the game from than either “the Boston Massacre” of 1978 or the altercation with Pedro Martinez in the 2003 ALCS.

Here’s what we’re looking at in 2000.

	                                                      G>    WS    Flags
                    Yrs     From        W       L      %    .500    Won   Won
=====================================================================================
Don Zimmer          13    1972-1991     885    858   .508     27     0     0
Joe Altobelli        7    1977-1991     437    407   .518     30     1     1
Buck Rodgers        13    1980-1994     784    774   .503     10     0     0
Sparky Anderson     26    1970-1995    2194   1834   .545    360     3     5
Tom Lasorda         21    1976-1996    1599   1439   .526    160     2     4
John McNamara       19    1969-1996    1160   1233   .485    -73     0     1
Dallas Green         8    1979-1996     454    478   .487    -24     1     1
Jim Fregosi         15    1978-2000    1028   1094   .484    -66     0     1

Think you know who’s getting in, moving on, and receiving an obituary? Make your predictions and check back on Friday to see if you’re right.

Miller

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