The Rays unveiled eight candidates to replace Joe Maddon last week. Now they’ve introduced two more: Barry Larkin and Doug Glanville:
— Tampa Bay Rays (@RaysBaseball) November 10, 2014
Larkin’s playing credentials are obvious but he has basically been a broadcaster and studio analyst since he retired. Doug Glanville is an author these days, having penned numerous excellent columns for the New York Times on both baseball and other things. Smart guy, but he hasn’t been inside baseball for a while. I suppose, though, there is something to be said about casting a wide net.
But the Rays have certainly cast it publicly. They have ten candidates in total, all released via social media like this, which just seems rather odd and game-showy for a managerial search. Maybe that makes me a grump or something, but I feel like this is, in some way I can’t put my finger on it, a bit rude to all of the candidates who, in some cases, may prefer at least some element of deniability to all of this.
Also, these graphics remind me of this: