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Does success in minors help prospective managers?

Rob believes having success as a minor-league manager can only help someone in trying to land a big-league job.

Originally Published: October 30, 2002
By Rob Neyer | ESPN.com

Yesterday, just an hour or so before the Oakland Athletics officially announced that Ken Macha would become their new manager, I talked to Billy Beane about Macha. Mostly, Beane talked about Macha's communication skills and his leadership abilities (which go hand in hand, of course).

One thing that Beane didn't mention was Macha's performance as a minor-league manager. So I asked ... Did Beane take that into consideration, when he was deciding whether or not Macha was the man for the job?

"No, ...

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