Firing up the Beyeler bandwagon

Arnie Beyeler At FenwayI haven’t seen an official list of the potential replacements for Bobby Valentine yet, but if there is one, then I hope Pawtucket Red Sox Manager Arnie Beyler’s name is on it.

Of any of the potential internal candidates (Gary Tuck, Tim Bogar, Dave Magadin), Beyeler is probably the best pick by a country mile. Wherever Beyeler goes, he wins. Having spent a fair number of years at virtually every level of the Red Sox farm system and even a few with the Rangers, Beyeler’s been around the block and has slowly emerged as an under the radar pick to potentially take the helm at Boston.

Truth be told, I like this guy a lot.

• Seven years in the Boston system (one season in Lowell in 2001) means he knows the system backwards and forwards. He’s been here through the successes and failures and has developed relationships up and down the organization.

• Speaking of relationships, Ben Cherington ran the Red Sox system for several years and is well acquainted with Beyeler. After having faced the challenges of Bobby Valentine, a familiar, friendly face could be just the remedy the Red Sox need to resolve their communication issues behind the scenes. Beyeler also has a scouting background similar to Cherington’s, making them an intriguing fit.

• Beyeler should command a lot of respect from current players – Why? Because he’s successfully coached half of the roster. Ryan Lavarnway, Daniel Bard, Clay Buchholz, Jacoby Ellsbury and a whole swath of others have already played under Beyeler, understand his style and have produced results for him. Beyeler’s a manager who is familiar with their habits – both good and bad – as well as being a person who’d be a little bit more likely to command respect than an outsider. Past relationships can mean a lot.

• He’s not a personality that would polarize players outside the organization from wanting to come play here – It’s nice when you have 10 advocates on the bench building you up and selling your style to free agents. I’m speculating here, but I’m pretty positive he’d have a lot of advocates.

• I’ve always preferred managers who were players. I think a huge part of leadership is identifiability and empathy. Understanding what the demands of the jobs are, the pressures, how to handle the ups and downs – it’s a useful tool to have walked in someone’s shoes. This isn’t a special capability mind you as lots of managers fit this particular bill, but it’s certainly nice to have.

• And last, but not least, if you’re serious about building something, hire the guy whose job has been just that for the past several years.

All of these things being said, there are a number of significant, fair questions to ask. The most glaring of those would be whether he can make the transition between coaching hungry minor leaguers to easily complacent millionaires. There’s also a big question as to whether Boston is the kind of place you break in a new Manager. But there’s no such thing as a perfect candidate and let’s face it – the Red Sox have been told to think out of the box enough. Why not just build a better one with what they have? Beyeler would be a great step in that direction.

Categories: Arnie Beyeler Ben Cherington Boston Red Sox Daniel Bard Jacoby Ellsbury Pawtucket Red Sox Ryan Lavarnway

A world-class baseball nerd, baseball fan, and baseball man, Hunter Golden agreed to terms with Fire Brand of the American League in September of 2012 in exchange for an oversized baby bottle, football helmet filled with cottage cheese and naked pictures of Bea Arthur. In January of 2013, he was named Editor. He likes run-on sentences, enjoys over-using hyphens, and smelling books. When it comes to serious stuff, Hunter is a professional writer (no, really), father of two, Husband of one and whose natural habitat is Western Massachusetts and agreeable parts of Connecticut. Follow him at @hunterGbaseball on Twitter or shoot him an email at [email protected]

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  1. Gerrh October 7, 2012 at 3:03 AM #

    Yea! Arnie Beyeler is the solution … And a darn good manager. At AA
    and AAA (and ST) he has coached virtually everyone in the upper minor and majors and will be the most able to understand and work with:
    1. Middlebrooks, Lavarnway, Iglesias, Kalish, Nava,'Ciriaco, Gomez, Lin, Linares, Brentz. Hernandez, Wilson, Huntzinger, Inman, Butler, etc.
    2. Bogaerts, Bradley,Shaw, Workman, Wright, Pimental, Olmsted, Barnes, etc. as they transition to AAA and (probably soon) get their cups of coffee. He will understand their unique issues.
    3. Finally, the core and those who rehabbed in AAA already have working relationships.
    In summary, in addition to being a smart,'experienced, winning manager, integral to 'The Red Sox Way' that has been lost, and one
    familiar with all aspects of the system, he may be THE single best guy to restore a winning clubhouse culture from day one in Ft Myers while keeping an ever-circling buzzard-media away from the players. Even wormtongue clucking old hens like Mazz and Wilbur would have a hard time finding fault. (They will of course). And if he can quiet the shrill, blame game mediota even for a month, the fanbase might remember it's baseball, not a novella, and start to think for themselves again and root for the Sox and their favorite players again and stop this ceaseless vitriol.

    IMO, Arnie can do all of that if given a shot. (Sorry for the medua rant. I just read massarotti's latest hate diatribe and had to throw up. He is determined to bring down the Red Sox and no one is fightimg
    back. What a glib parasite. Shame on the Globe and Comcast.

    • Hunter Golden October 7, 2012 at 2:47 PM #

      I hear you on the media. Mazz is probably the worst of the lot. He just doesn't really understand baseball on a non-stupid level.

  2. @johncate73 October 7, 2012 at 12:15 PM #

    Well, the last time the Red Sox lost 90 games in a season, they promoted the Triple-A manager to the big leagues and won a pennant the very next year. And as I recall, one of the reasons that happened was that a lot of the young players on the team had played (and won) for him before and responded to him in Boston. Beyeler might not be Dick Williams, but he might be what is needed right now.