Over at Business Insider I wrote a piece where I compared a teams statistical output to the number of games the team won. In theory, teams that won more games than expected could owe at least some of their success to the manager.
Joe Maddon and the Rays topped the list with 7.2 more wins than were expected based on the team’s talent. They were also second overall, behind only the Phillies.
Here is a look at how Maddon and the Rays have performed during Maddon’s tenure as manager…
As you can see, this is only the second time the Rays have actually outperformed the talent on the field. So was this Maddon’s best performance yet as manager of the Rays?
Well, this is isn’t a perfect system. But it is certainly better than the current system for judging managers, which is based on comparing how a team performed to how the “experts” thought the team would do.