I think the opposite, if someone like Girardi or Showalter comes in they will see that they have have more power than their boss, and would likely also survive their boss (a new GM is not going to be allowed to fire the high-paid, brand-name manager after one season, and it's MIddleton's show anyway, and he's not going anywhere).
I don't like it, in the big picture, but it won't necessarily stop anyone from taking the gig.
I don't think Washington was ever actually accused of sexual assault, though he had an affair, and if it was in a professional context that could have been sexual harassment. But this is probably correct, especially in 2019 once the teams and media are reminded of all that stuff he probably is better off staying a coach.
How old is too old, really? Joe Maddon is 65 so why not a 67 year-old? Scioscia and Showalter are also in their 60s (I really can't see it being Scioscia). Baker is 70.
I'm just not super-impressed with Girardi either, he's only been to one World Series too. I don't think that's his fault though, any more than it's a knock on the other guys.
Interesting (if meaningless) - actually sounds like Kapler, except with a hard-ass personality. Which is what the Phillies probably want.
A ‘smartest guy in the room’ manager is miserable for players and coaches. You feel like you’re always being talked down to.