I wonder how many active major league managers never managed in the minors? On a very quick look, Craig Counsell, Don Mattingly, Dave Roberts, Rocco Baldelli and Gabe Kapler never managed in the minors. Those were the only five I checked; I suspect there are others.
I don’t see Elias picking a guy like Adam, who never seemed like the type of player to rely on data. I remember he actively resisted some of the positioning data. He wasn’t exactly a plate discipline guy either. He’s got the leadership skills to be a good manager but probably needs some time in a front office or on a coaching staff.
Love Adam. But I would want to see him does a lot of minor league managing before I would hire him to manage the O's. I keep thinking about him going to Peter and lobbying for CD's long term contract. He supported what turned out to be the 2nd biggest mistake in O's history.