Ben and Sam discuss sabermetric managerial favorite Davey Johnson's impact on the Nationals, whether certain managers can make their players play better, and what the ideal relationship between a GM and manager might be.
Episode 31: "Davey Johnson, How Much Managers Matter, and the Ideal GM-Manager Relationship"
Episode 31 Companion
â€‹All times are approximate
01:45: Apparently this is a thing. Here's Freddi Gonzalez mentioning it on July 2.
05:10: Sam mentions Chris Jaffe's great book Evaluating Baseball's Managers. Jaffe ranked Johnson 25th all-time among managers.
06:00: When Ben and Sam talk about voting for Manager of the Year, it is a given they're talking about the Greg Spira Internet Baseball Awards.
10:00: Sam is being insubordinate, while Ben confirms that he works harder at Baseball Prospectus than he has anywhere else.
12:00: Ben actually wanted to talk about the Davey Johnson-Mike Rizzo working relationship. Here's Dayn Perry on their recent shouting match.
13:45: Earlier this year Ben wrote about the evolving front office/field manager relationship in baseball.
Compiled by Dave Pease