Re: A Realistic look at 2012: Part I
posted at 10/2/2011 1:28 PM EDT
In Response to Re: A Realistic look at 2012: Part I
[QUOTE]Everyone's comments have merit. Yet, first I think that clubhouse harmony has to be addressed to determine who fits and who doesn't. This may be a determining factor as to who stays or not. For example, I have trouble forgetting the sneer on Crawford's face for Scutaro on that slide/don't slide play. There was no friendly look in his eye. Or, Youk's comments on why Ellsbury wasn't with the team during his injury. Even Youks tantrum with Manny...and I am a Youk fan. I have no idea how many other incidents there are that we know nothing about. This, I believe was a just cause for Francona's departure. It was Terry's job to straighten these things out before it had an effect on the playing field. In essesnce, I feel Terry was too good of a guy who felt problems between players would somehow heal themselves without intervention. With adult men, this could probably happen, but we're dealing here with young multi-million year old guys.
Posted by ampoule[/QUOTE]Amp taking your take a step further, Francona felt the problems would heal themselves with his taking a lighter hand because they had in the past. I don't think he did not intervene at all. But I am sure his style was to appeal to intellect and reason rather than just yelling at people to S T F U and knock it off!
The nuance here is that what we are dealing with here wasn't "straighten these things out before it had an effect on the playing field" but rather when things went so wrong on the field the behavior went enough out of control. Come September the starting pitching made that a bad team
that because of the internal issues of focus and attention to detail became historically awful
IMO they have to fix the pitching first and most of the rest will follow with a change in culture. Their record mid April - August was no accident. Their pitching staff did not need 8 runs a night from the offense to be in a game.
Some things can change. I don't think fans will like it but the next manager would be well served treating the media like Bellichick does and make players follow that same code.
But the fact that Youk is an annoying soul can be addressed without amputation. Crawford's galre doesn't happen if the team isn't in that nose dive and the panic it brought because the starters were getting blown up so bad. Crawford's issues are his terrible approach at the plate, fear of failure and poor in game judgments.
If the RS FO spends more time worrying about how the guys reacted to the meltdown than the core cause of the meltdown nothing gets fixed because losing creates bad chemistry and a team that has a 7 plus ERA loses a lot!
Just my takes