Marlins’ Opening Day starting lineup is comical

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Here it is, via MLB.com Marlins beat writer Joe Frisaro:

Pierre, the leadoff man, owns a .284/.339/.333 batting line since the start of the 2010 season and will turn 36 years old this summer. Coghlan was named the 2009 National League Rookie of the Year, but he has hit .238/.305/.351 in 803 major league plate appearances since. Polanco, the cleanup hitter, has 13 home runs and a .356 slugging percentage in his last 344 games. Dodgers utilityman Skip Schumaker, for quick reference, owns a career slugging percentage of .377. We’ll just go ahead and stop there.

The Angels are giving managerial candidates a two-hour written test

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Jon Morosi of MLB.com reports that the Los Angeles Angels are administering a two-hour written test to managerial candidates. The test presents “questions spanning analytical, interpersonal and game-management aspects of the job,” according to Morosi.

I can’t find any reference to it, but I remember another team doing some form of written testing for managerial candidates within the past couple of years. Questions which presented tactical dilemmas, for example. I don’t recall it being so intense, however. And then, as now, I have a hard time seeing experienced candidates wanting to sit for a two-hour written exam when their track record as a manager, along with an interview to assess compatibility should cover most of it. Just seems like an extension of the current trend in which front offices are taking away authority and, with this, some measure of professional respect, from managers.