Four of those 14 managers — McClendon, John Farrell (Boston), Terry Francona (Cleveland) and John Gibbons (Toronto) — are veterans with previous experience. Three — Ryne Sandberg (Philadelphia), Mike Redmond (Miami) and Rick Renteria (Chicago Cubs), hired just last week — had managed in the minors.
“Things aren’t necessarily the same as they were. Teams are willing to give on experience if they believe in the person they’re hiring,” said Luis Gonzalez, a five-time All-Star outfielder and now a special assistant with the Diamondbacks. “That’s probably allowed a lot more guys a chance sooner than they would have had before. That’s not always a bad thing.”