NY Sports Dog: Ken Oberkfell: Good Guy, Bad Manager?

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Ken Oberkfell: Good Guy, Bad Manager?

I like judging managers by three main criteria--can they motivate their players, are they good strategists, and do they get results?

While I'm certain that Oberkfell is a solid motivator (based on what we've heard about him over the years), I'm not so certain about his ability as a strategist.

If his record is an indication, he's not very good.  In fact, his record is average at best, and worse from an overall win-loss perspective.

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs Notes
1995 Sullivan County Mountain Lions Northeast League 23-43 5th Independent Leagues

1996 Elmira Pioneers Northeast League 34-45 4th Independent Leagues

1997 Piedmont Boll Weevils South Atlantic League 70-72 8th Philadelphia Phillies

1998 Piedmont Boll Weevils South Atlantic League 76-65 6th Philadelphia Phillies Lost in 1st round
1999 Piedmont Boll Weevils South Atlantic League 69-71 9th Philadelphia Phillies

2000 Clearwater Phillies Florida State League 64-71 9th Philadelphia Phillies

2001 Capital City Bombers South Atlantic League 62-73 11th New York Mets

2002 St. Lucie Mets Florida State League 71-69 6th New York Mets

2003 St. Lucie Mets Florida State League 77-62 2nd New York Mets League Champs
2004 Binghamton Mets Eastern League 76-66 4th New York Mets Lost in 1st round
2005 Norfolk Tides International League 79-65 3rd New York Mets Lost in 1st round
2006 Norfolk Tides International League 57-84 13th New York Mets

2007 New Orleans Zephyrs Pacific Coast League 75-69 6th New York Mets Lost League Finals
2008 New Orleans Zephyrs Pacific Coast League 36-36 -- New York Mets
replaced by Marty Scott on June 17
2009 Buffalo Bisons International League 56-87 14th New York Mets

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2 comments:

the Brooklyn Trolley Blogger said...

I vote no on Oberkfell. I'll keep Manuel over him. ...and please No Bob Melvin.

Dave Singer said...

Bob Melvin would force me to say unspeakable things....or I just might speak them!

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