Re: A Realistic Look at 2012: Part III
posted at 8/18/2012 1:01 AM EDT
OK. Lets not blame Ben for it. Who IS accountable for it then? Thats the problem.
First of all, I think our society is way too hung up on the blame game. There are 30 MLB, so every year 29 teams must have done something wrong, and 29 fall guys made to beheld accountable. So, I guess I am a bit skeptical about the intial premise.
Secondly, mistakes were probably made by everyone from top to bottom, and the accumulation of all the mistakes might have led to where we are now. One could also think that had we had just 1 or 2 injuries instead of 30, and had the best record in MLb right now, what would you and others be saying now? Ben and LL are a geniuses?
There has been a lack of any ability whatsoever to rebuild our SP rotation. I too have been complaining on different boards that we have been unable to identify, obtain, and retain high quality starting pitching. So whose fault is it?
I agree 100% on the starting pitcher issue, but almost every MLB team is looking for the next Pedro. It's not easy to find them, and even harder to get them from another team.
Right now, the only individual who deserves to be removed from his current position in management is Larry Lucchino. He was Epstein's boss; he is Cherington's boss. Its the job of the GM to secure the talent to give the team a chance to win a ring, and Lucchino has hired GMs that have simply not done the job.
1) You are judging Ben on a tiny sample size.
2) I think we did "secure the talent to give the team a chance to win a ring" even with the pitching weakness, but the injuries and underperformances were too much to overcome.
3) On paper, our pitching staff still looked better than most teams if most just played to their career norms. I find serious flaws in blaming the GM or higher ups for their failure to perform.
4) Maybe Ben wanted to make a trade for Gio, but Larry said no. Maybe vice versa. We don't know.
He has failed this team for 4-5 years and there is no end is sight.
The team failed as did 28 other teams every year. It's nice and neat to blame the guy at the top, but just as many felt firing Tito was going to bring a big change, firing Ben, LL or both could make things worse.
Also, he is not a majority owner. If Epstein were still here, I would get rid of him too. Before the Red Sox can compete for a ring again, those responsible for the decline of the franchise have to be eliminated.
Maybe it is just the fault of 3-4 players and not Tito, or BV, or Ben, or LL. Maybe it is just LL's fault, or even Henry's for not ridding the team of LL's influence. Maybe LL is a genius and it was all Theo's fault. Maybe Theo only. Maybe Theo and Ben. You seem to know precisely who is to blame. I am not so sure.
Accountability has to be re-established.
How about the players being held accountable?
My guess is that if the salaries were equal, the TB GM would trade every positional player he has, except maybe Longoria for Middlebrooks and Zobrist for Sweeney for who the Sox have.
Of course, the TB GM would not trade starting pitchers, but you get my point. Our GMs past and present built a solid team if healthy. I guess they should have known that Beckett and Lester were going to lose 3mph velocity, and 30 guys would go on the DL. The should all be fired for not being fortune tellers. They should all be fired, because the players underperformed.
I AM into the "blame game" as you call it. If it were my $$ I would be mad as hell and heads would roll.
29 teams will be mad. Fewer really mad. I think firing management and letting these crybabies go free sends the wrong message. If I was going to blame anyone, I'd start with some players, the medical staff, and maybe make a manager (BV) change. I'd gibe Ben another season and more of a free hand in decisions. I'd let my next manager choose his own coaches. I'd trade some problem players this winter, and I'd be firmly behind my next manager, and make examples of a player or two to let them know who is in charge.