- Drones from the deep: Pentagon develops ocean-floor attack robots
- Michigan mayor slaps back atheists’ try to erect ‘reason station’ at city hall
- PHILLIPS: Where is the conservative establishment?
- 7.5-magnitude earthquake shakes southern Mexico
- ISTOOK: IRS “wants to throw us in jail,” says tea party leader
- Easter woes: Chocolate costs soar, becoming ‘unaffordable’ luxury
- Michaels craft chain confirms hackers hit 3M customers
- Special Forces’ suicide rates hit record levels — casualties of ‘hard combat’
- Many Americans would quickly face financial hardship after losing job, poll shows
- Toronto Mayor Rob Ford thanks supporters at re-election campaign bash
HARRIS: More and more, I’m liking Randy Knorr as Nats’ next manager
Does he know baseball? Sure. He played in the majors, managed in the minors, coached in the majors. But lots of people know baseball.
Can he manage a game? Presumably. He managed six seasons in the Nats’ minor-league system. But lots of people can manage a game.
What a successful major league manager needs, more than anything, is the ability to manage personalties. They’re strong at that level. Players have egos, some of them huge. A clubhouse can be a volatile mix. The late Casey Stengel once said his biggest challenge as a manager was keeping the players who hated him away from those who hadn’t made up their minds. And that was before the players made the huge salaries they do now.
Managing personalties doesn’t mean coddling them. It means setting a firm, consistent standard and living up to that standard every day. It is establishing professional expectations. It is not kowtowing to the big star, or the high-priced closer when he’s pitching like he doesn’t care. It’s not accepting a lack of hustle from the young phenom or the last guy on the bench.
Knorr managed a number of the current Nats during their trek through the team’s system. He’s been around as the bench coach for two seasons, so there’s good familiarity with him in the clubhouse. But those alone aren’t the right reasons to promote Knorr to the big chair. A new face could get familiar with the team pretty quickly.
That he’s already there, knows the team and appears to have the right stuff are the reasons to promote Knorr. Any new hire brings with it a certain amount of risks, sure. This one looks like it would be pretty safe.
© Copyright 2014 The Washington Times, LLC. Click here for reprint permission.
About the Author
Washington Times sports editor Mike Harris has more than 30 years experience in the business as a reporter, columnist and manager. He’s covered a wide variety of events including two Olympics, horse racing, auto racing, professional and college sports. E-mail him at email@example.com and follow the section on Twitter @WashTimesSports.
- HARRIS: Wizards have moved to head of D.C.'s class
- HARRIS: Bad luck or bigger omen, early returns for Nationals are troubling
- HARRIS: Masters has plenty of appeal in Tiger's absence
- HARRIS: Throwing it all away: What to do with Ryan Zimmerman?
- HARRIS: Fans get an early taste of replay's impact on baseball
Latest Blog Entries
- Gio Gonzalez living a dream by throwing bullpen sessions to ex-Yankee Jorge Posada
- Meet Connor Carrick, the youngster who played his way onto the Caps' final roster
- Go Aggies: Nationals notes and lineups for Sept. 14
- RG3: There is no conflict with Redskins coach Mike Shanahan
- Sunday Nats-Dodgers lineups and some thoughts from reliever Craig Stammen
- Harry Reid blasts Bundy ranch supporters as 'domestic terrorists'
- Immigration still on hold: Boehner's office
- Inside China: Marine's comment on islands draws sharp Chinese response
- Supreme Court weighs appeal to concealed-carry gun laws
- PRUDEN: When a bored president just 'mails it in'
- Army goes to war with National Guard, seizes Apache attack helicopters
- With pot and e-cigarettes, Big Tobacco is just waiting to inhale emerging markets
- Hillary swoons at admitted illegal immigrant: 'Wow,' you're 'incredibly brave'
- Jews being told to register in Ukraine: John Kerry
- Prosecutors seek arrest warrant for ferry captain in South Korea
Top 10 handguns in the U.S.