QUESTION: The Angels are asking applicants for their managerial opening to complete a 60-minute written exam as part of the interview. If you were designing such a test, what would be on it?
COMMISH: One question I would ask is, "Do you think there still is a place in baseball for the stolen base?"
Follow-up: What was your favorite era covering the Cardinals and why?
COMMISH: The mid-1980s because those teams played the game differently than almost every other team -- all the teams play roughly the same style now. And they had the best defense in the game, with ample pitching.
Follow-up: What makes the tide turn in baseball: stolen bases (or lack thereof), or strikeouts? Are we seeing a younger generation of ballplayers who are not fundamentally sound in all aspects of the game? Is game being dumed-down?
COMMISH: We are seeing a younger generation not fundamentally sound in all aspects of the game because few have spent enough time in the minors to learn the nuances. Also, the game is played differently. The stolen base isn't valued and the strikeout often is ignored.
Final comment: This chat is stuck in 1980. You've got to deal with the reality of where the game is today, and stop complaining that it's not 40 years ago.
COMMISH: If you like seeing each team strike out 10 or more times a game, have it at. I would rather see more balls in play, more chances taken and somebody actually moving around.