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Clearly none of you would do my research for me, so I did two things here.
1) Found a cumulative war - actual wins graph from 2013:
2) Made my own for 2014 (used Fangraphs WAR, which I'm not entire happy about because of FIP for pitching). I should also mention I used a constant of 52 for replacement wins. I couldn't actually find the 2014 #, but it hardly matters since its a constant.
Do teams that are on the end of both lists have poor managers? Make your own assumptions.
Replacement Wins is 48. FanGraphs and BBRef have agreed on that constant. FWIW, in 2013 total wins was about 95% of total WAR. I haven't looked at what it is for 2014.
fWAR actually does seem to be a little more accurate than rWAR when used for the purpose of looking at teams as a whole, from what I've seen.
Cubs officially fire Renteria, complete with probably the most glowing recommendation a fired employee may ever receive:
Today we made the difficult decision to replace Rick Renteria as manager of the Chicago Cubs. On behalf of Tom Ricketts and Jed Hoyer, I thank Rick for his dedication and commitment, and for making the Cubs a better organization.
RickÔÇÖs sterling reputation should only be enhanced by his season as Cubs manager. We challenged Rick to create an environment in which our young players could develop and thrive at the big league level, and he succeeded. Working with the youngest team in the league and an imperfect roster, Rick had the club playing hard and improving throughout the season. His passion, character, optimism and work ethic showed up every single day.
Rick deserved to come back for another season as Cubs manager, and we said as much when we announced that he would be returning in 2015. We met with Rick two weeks ago for a long end-of-season evaluation and discussed plans for next season. We praised Rick to the media and to our season ticket holders. These actions were made in good faith.
Last Thursday, we learned that Joe Maddon ÔÇô who may be as well suited as anyone in the industry to manage the challenges that lie ahead of us ÔÇô had become a free agent. We confirmed the news with Major League Baseball, and it became public knowledge the next day. We saw it as a unique opportunity and faced a clear dilemma: be loyal to Rick or be loyal to the organization. In this business of trying to win a world championship for the first time in 107 years, the organization has priority over any one individual. We decided to pursue Joe.
While there was no clear playbook for how to handle this type of situation, we knew we had to be transparent with Rick before engaging with Joe. Jed flew to San Diego last Friday and told Rick in person of our intention to talk to Joe about the managerial job. Subsequently, Jed and I provided updates to Rick via telephone and today informed him that we will indeed make a change.
We offered Rick a choice of other positions with the Cubs, but he is of course free to leave the organization and pursue opportunities elsewhere. Armed with the experience of a successful season and all the qualities that made him our choice a year ago, Rick will no doubt make an excellent major league manager when given his next chance.
Rick often said he was the beneficiary of the hard work of others who came before him. Now, in the young players he helped, we reap the benefits of his hard work as we move forward. He deserved better and we wish him nothing but the best.
We have clung to two important ideals during our three years in Chicago. The first is to always be loyal to our mission of building the Cubs into a championship organization that can sustain success. The second is to be transparent with our fans. As painful as the last week was at times, we believe we stayed true to these two ideals in handling a sensitive situation. To our fans: we hope you understand, and we appreciate your continued support of the Cubs.
I've been thinking that I'd like to see the Royals trade Holland/Davis and reinvest the money saved in Andrew Miller. With Hochevar possibly coming back, Miller, Hochevar, Herrera, Holland/Davis is 5-7 innings of nothingness.
I've been thinking that I'd like to see the Royals trade Holland/Davis and reinvest the money saved in Andrew Miller.
This made me laugh. I do agree they need a strong LHRP. But at the price of those two guys. They could get a better haul coming off the seasons they both had. What they should do is get someone like Glen Perkins or better if the want a LHP