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Measuring Managers: Using Major League Baseball as a Lens

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dc.contributor.advisor Ball, Richard J. Lee-Tyson, Ethan 2019-09-01T21:48:17Z 2019-09-01T21:48:17Z 2019
dc.description.abstract Existing literature is unable to reach any kind of consensus as to whether factors such as years of managerial experience, career winning percentage or playing experience have any substantial relationship with managerial performance in professional sports. Utilizing a sample of 254 Major League Baseball managers from 1961 through 2018, this paper quantifies their performance and then examines whether background characteristics of those managers are related to this measure of productivity. The analysis is novel in that in that it employs multiple sets of inputs that encompass player performance, utilizes a larger sample over a longer timeframe than past studies and attempts to tie in background characteristics. If managers’ rapport with players and the media is valued far more highly today, perhaps aspects of their background will bear out how, if at all, this impacts their actual performance. Ultimately, the results suggest that there is essentially no correlation between these measures of managerial performance and their background traits.
dc.description.sponsorship Haverford College. Department of Economics
dc.language.iso eng
dc.subject.lcsh Baseball teams -- United States -- Management
dc.title Measuring Managers: Using Major League Baseball as a Lens
dc.type Thesis
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