The Most Annoying Habit of Every Team's Manager
Baseball players are known as creatures of habit. If a player is at a certain position and a certain spot in the lineup all year, they'll do better than if they are bounced around.
Managers are the same way, as they have plenty of habits of their own. Some of them are superstitions, or things designed ot help the team. Others, however, are just plain annoying.
The following is every manager's most annoying habit. Some habits may be disputable, as what constitutes annoying is naturally subjective, and this is merely one writer's point of view.
Baltimore Orioles: Buck Showalter
Buck Showalter went from a breath of fresh air in 2010 to a struggling manager in 2011 for the Baltimore Orioles. His annoying habit is one I'm not necessarily sure he does anymore, or at least I hope he doesn't.
During his time in the minor leagues, he had a tendency to hang around the clubhouse naked. In fact, that's how he got the nickname of Buck. He's a bit of a micromanager as well for those looking for a habit more directly related to baseball.
Boston Red Sox: Terry Francona
Terry Francona may have been a great manager for the Red Sox during his time there, he did have one weakness, and it's not waging bidding wars with the Yankees.
Francona is know for his chewing tobacco habit, and while he said that he only does it during games, it's still a nasty habit that I've never quite been able to grasp. He even made a bet with the team president that he could quit, but failed to do so.
New York Yankees: Joe Girardi
Joe Girardi has quite a few habits that could be annoying depending on your taste. He likes to create habits for himself, and is resistant to change lineups.
As for the one I find annoying, Girardi is known as a health nut, and as a result banned ice cream, snacks, and the like from the Yankees clubhouse in 2008. It's understandable, as athletes shouldn't be devouring sweets nonstop, but it's annoying nonetheless.
Tampa Bay Rays: Joe Maddon
Joe Maddon had helped bring the Rays from the basement to the playoffs, and as a result is pretty well regarded. That doesn't mean he doesn't have annoying habits of his own.
Maddon is, to a surprising number of people, baseball's first hipster coach, and if that's the case, that's really all I need to say.
Toronto Blue Jays: John Farrell
Farrell is a tough one to figure out. From what I've read, he seems like an entirely reasonable guy, and should serve Toronto well for many years as manager.
One this that does seem like an issue is the habit of having the team line and die by home runs. He has tried to get the team away from that, but they remain a productive team when hitting home runs, yet have a low batting average as well. That will have to change, as that can't be a habit.
Chicago White Sox: Ozzie Guillen
Ozzie's a great guy for us sportswriters. He speaks his mind even if he shouldn't, and while it may be refreshing, it's also very annoying, whether that's the case for White Sox fans, the media, or his own team.
Cleveland Indians: Manny Acta
When it comes down to his personality and how he runs the team, there isn't really anything of annoyance when it comes to Manny Acta.
One thing that bothers me is simply how many lineups they used. Yes, there were a lot of injuries, but aside from Cabrera and Santana, you had no idea who might be starting on a given day. Hopefully that won't be an issue next year.
Detroit Tigers: Jim Leyland
Jim Leyland's habit is one many have, and perhaps it's not annoying to most, but it can be nonetheless. Leyland is an avid smoker who had no problem lighting up between innings, at least before the new laws passed prevented that.
Leyland doesn't let that stop him, and he still light one up where he's allowed to.
Kansas City Royals: Ned Yost
Milwaukee Brewers fans would agree that Yost's worst habit is that he seems to be mentally unable to finish what he starts. Take the 2008 Brewers; they were 80-56 at the end of August, then fell quickly before Yost was fired and the ship was somewhat righted.
Since the Royals are still under .500, they won't have to worry about Yost buckling under pressure.
Minnesota Twins: Ron Gardenhire
Ron Gardenhire seems to be taking over for Bobby Cox. Not only have the Twins been perpetually good since he started (except for this season), but he's been ejected well over 50 times in his managerial career.
He has a way to go before catching Bobby Cox, but it's still annoying to see, primarily since it's really just going out and defending his players rather than adding any antics in.
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim: Mike Scioscia
The Angels won the World Series in 2002, but since then have failed to make it back there, losing in five playoff series since then.
It's not much to go after, since for the most part Scioscia's been a great manager. Only other thing to go after is his weight since he became manager, but one could say that for many managers in the world of sports.
Oakland Athletics: Bob Geren
Bob Geren spent less time with the A's this season than Bob Melvin, but given how his tenure went it's easier to find an annoying habit for him.
To put it bluntly, Geren had a habit of relying on starting pitchers too long, as well as a group of bullpen guys. It's something that just can't be done in a 162-game schedule, and may have been part of the reason he was let go.
Seattle Mariners: Eric Wedge
Eric Wedge, like a couple others on this list, doesn't seem to like using consistent lineups. While injuries and a lack of any hitting were a concern, the fact remains that Ichiro was the sole everyday hitter.
Hopefully Dustin Ackley and Mike Carp will help solidify the lineup next year, since it doesn't look like Wedge is going to.
Texas Rangers: Ron Washington
Ron Washington is generally considered to be a traditionalist when it comes to managing. He keeps his style old-fashioned and doesn't by into some of the more modern changes.
That works well on the Rangers, as we've seen, but that naturally clashed with Billy Beane during his time with the A's, and those who are sabermetricians likely find his resistance to change annoying.
Atlanta Braves: Fredi Gonzalez
I'm not sure if it's because the bullpen tired out or if it's due to Gonzalez himself, but like Ned Yost, Gonzalez seems to be unable to finish the season well. They had the wild card well in hand and blew it.
Luckily for Gonzalez, he can bounce back next year, though if the Braves collapse in September again, it can't be blamed on the bullpen having first-time jitters.
Florida Marlins: Jack McKeon
One thing the Marlins need is some managerial stability, as they are averaging a new manager every two years or so. So what does Jack McKeon do after taking over this year? He retires for a second time.
McKeon certainly has a unique annoying habit for a manager, I'll give him that.
New York Mets: Terry Collins
One thing that Terry Collins is not tolerating, unlike perhaps his predecessors, is lackluster play from those making big money. As such, he has no problem cutting players like Oliver Perez and Luis Castillo, even though that costs the Mets a bit of money.
It's a very good habit for Collins and the Mets to have right now as they look to become relevant in the NL East again, but it's still annoying that they have to deal with that to begin with.
Philadelphia Phillies: Charlie Manuel
As a result of the Phillies making the moves they did in the past couple offseasons, they turned Charlie Manuel's annoying habit into a strength.
Manuel has a habit of leaving starters in games too long; Roy Halladay regularly threw 110 pitches this past season, and the trifecta of Halladay, Lee, and Hamels all went well over 200 innings. Is it because of their dominance or Manuel leaving them in too long at times? That's a debate for another time.
Washington Nationals: Jim Riggleman
Jim Riggleman only managed the Nationals part of the season, and that's actually why he's on here. He abruptly quit partway through the season when his contract wasn't extended.
Beyond that though, he had a reputation of being someone who would burn out after a while. That's one quality that a manager just cannot have.
Chicago Cubs: Mike Quade
Mike Quade is yet another manager who falls into the camp of leaving pitchers in too long. His habit is annoying in particular though, as he'll leave pitchers in game even when they're pitching badly.
An example is Carlos Zambrano, who allowed seven earned runs on 128 pitches in a match against the Phillies in June. In fact, things like that may have led to Big Z's time with the Cubs (likely) ending the way that it did.
Cincinnati Reds: Dusty Baker
Much like Ron Washington, Dusty Baker is an old-school traditionalist. In fact, he has no problems putting players with bad on-base percentages right at the top of his lineup, and finds the stat to have little merit.
Sabermetrics may not be perfect, but when one can find why a team isn't winning games by looking at the lineup card, it can be annoying to see.
Houton Astros: Brad Mills
Brad Mills is someone I know little about, and being on the forgetful Houston Astros doesn't exactly help that. After all, what habits could a coach on MLB's last-place team have?
Perhaps that's the habit. The Astros could use some more attendance, and a more animated manager could make that happen.
Milwaukee Brewers: Ron Roenicke
Ron Roenicke was able to take the talented Brewers to the playoffs in his first year, but that doesn't mean he doesn't have annoying habits of his own.
He makes some very strange coaching moves in the middle of games. One that sticks out in my mind is the double steal attempt with Casey McGehee, who might be the slowest guy on the team. Moves like that go past annoying at times.
Pittsburgh Pirates: Clint Hurdle
Clint Hurdle led the Pirates to a decent showing this season, so it's possible that they've finally turned the corner. He may be a good manager, but one thing he's not is a man's man.
During his time with the Rockies, he banned music with bad lyrics from the clubhouse. Why? Perhaps it was to install a clubhouse without controversy. It's a move that goes past order, though, and his habit of controlling the clubhouse is quite annoying.
St. Louis Cardinals: Tony La Russa
Tony La Russa is a guy that apparently likes to keep fans on their feet. He continually signs one-year extensions, and as a result people don't know if he'll retire soon or if he's just going on for as long as he can.
I can understand being unsure, and at least he's not retiring and unretiring, but it's still annoying to Cardinals fans.
Arizona Diamondbacks: Kirk Gibson
It's hard to find an annoying habit with Kirk Gibson. He's a coach in his second year who brought the Arizona Diamondbacks form nowhere to the NL West title, and has looked great doing it.
Only thing I could argue is that he seems to be making questionable pitching calls during the playoffs. The Diamondbacks are at a game five though, so this may not have the makings of a habit.
Colorado Rockies: Jim Tracy
Jim Tracy is a manager who plays close attention to detail. For that matter, he pays close attention to the schedule, maybe too close.
Whether it's to the players or the media, he'll make sure that they know just how many games are left in the season, which goes around what he says. That's all well and good, but when a team starts to spiral, using that logic won't automatically make the team recover.
Los Angeles Dodgers: Don Mattingly
There is one thing that Mattingly is guaranteed to do during press conferences, no matter what the situation is. While talking, he rubs his chin, and does this a lot.
When L.A. bloggers are busy joking about his chin falling off with how much he rubs it, that's pretty much the definition of a habit.
San Diego Padres: Bud Black
I'm sure many of us have odd sleeping habits, especially those that are college-age. Bud Black's sleeping habit is either odd or entirely understandable, depending on your mindset.
He always wakes up at 6:45, even if it's an off day. He once joked about this, saying on a day he didn't have to work that he could sleep until 6:46.
San Francisco Giants: Bruce Bochy
We started off with chewing tobacco, so why not end it? For a long time, Bruce Bochy had a habit of using that stuff. In his case, however, he was able to kick his annoying habit.
How did he do so? Hypnosis. After undergoing hypnosis a couple months back, Bochy hasn't needed to dip since.