By Jason Wojciechowski on November 5, 2005 at 3:29 PM
Jon Weisman at Dodger Thoughts points to an article in the Dallas Morning News that says that Orel Hershiser will be headed to Los Angeles for a front office job. The speculation in the comments is that Kim Ng will be promoted to GM with Hershiser as the Asst. This would be odd, to say the least, because Ng isn't like John Hart was in Texas, warming the seat for the younger up-and-comer: Ng is, I believe, younger than Hershiser, and has never been a GM (though she's a long-time assistant with a number of teams), so the idea of her mentoring the older neophyte is odd.
Also, I'd like to see Ng just get a clean shot at a job, because from the interviews and profiles I've read with and about her, she seems smart and capable. Which is not to say that Hershiser isn't smart and capable, but for a lot of reasons, including glass ceiling ones, I'm more interested in seeing Ng in the top spot.
One of the other reasons I don't want to see Hershiser moving up to the front office is because the general opinion is that he's done a good job as the pitching coach in Texas. I could do something fun and empirical here, and show you a table, but I don't think I will. I can say that from a quick browse through the stats, I think Hershiser isn't another Mazzone.