To me the issue is who is the right match for the talent they have on the roster.With a young, athletic team - you want a manager that fully leverages those assets.
At face value, Molitor would fit the bill - he is not afraid to use a running game - both bunting and base stealing to force the action on the field. His calm demeanor creates a stable force in the clubhouse.His overall knowledge of the game allows him to convey his wisdom to young players.
What is he lacking that keeps him from being viewed as one of the premiere managers in the game?What do Maddon and Francona have that Molitor doesn't?I would say experience and confidence.There have been times where I don't feel like Molitor is completely comfortable in his own skin. They show up in bungled double switches and attempts to remove a pitcher when there has already been a visit to the mound during an at bat.Those incidents are not deal breakers on their own, but they might signal that Molitor lacks a certain intuition about the game when he is managing.
Girardi made the managerial move of the game when he pulled Severino.He acted confidently and decisively.Molitor might have waivered on making the same move with Santana.
I think the question is whether Falvey and Levine want to give Molitor the time to continue to grow as a manager or if they need someone who they have confidence in on day one that they will be able to lead this team to the next level.