Re: Are the Sox rebuilding?
posted at 10/27/2011 9:49 AM EDT
In Response to Re: Are the Sox rebuilding?
[QUOTE]In Response to Re: Are the Sox rebuilding? : Well put. Reshaping is a great way to view it. Tweaking. The Sox are not rebuilding because they don't need to rebuild, but rather rework the clubhouse and making it right again. Reshaping the team in search of better chemistry. The Sox will be just fine next season. The pitching staff will not all fall apart at once again like this Sept. And their conditioning will be much improved across the board. Lots of guys played hurt. Remember guys like Damon and Nixon? But they were let go to try and better the team. Youk is not the only guy who plays hurt. And sometimes that is not a plus, but rather a neg. He might be a good trading chip depending on what happens with Ortiz.
Posted by antiqueman1[/QUOTE]
Of course I realize we are specifically talking about the players so I agree that "rebuild" does seem to be more than what is necessary, but I also think "tweaking" is less than what is needed....
With a new GM in place, and at some point a new field manager we have already surpassed what I would call "tweaking"... Clearly the mind set that will exist for next years team will be a serious "rebuild" over this year's mind set no matter who all the players are.
IMHO I don't think the team ( players) as it currently is constructed can be just "tweaked" next year into being a realistic favorite in the post season. I just think we have too many areas that need more than just "tweaking" to fix.
But I do feel a new mind set from management that "rebuilds" the professional attitude of the players obviously some more than others, will result in a huge improvement. The better that job is done the less "tweaking" will be needed the next year or two.
I guess what I am suggesting is what needs "rebuilding" in Boston is the building of a winning attitude.
IMO that starts with the owner(s) being more involved and making it very clear what their expectations are. That should start with making clear that the wild card route behind the Yankees each year to the post season is unacceptable.
The new GM must then keep those expectations in sharp focus and make sure he does all he can to make sure the new field manager reasonably has the tools he needs to meet those expectations all season long.
The new field manager needs to make sure he uses all the strengths of the team every inning, to try to win every game, all season....... Yes that means that sometimes a bunt, walk, hit and run, or stolen base, late in a game can result in a key run, instead of doing nothing, while you hope for a home run.
And lastly we especially need to rebuild the attitudes of some of the players who seem to not understand that being a professional baseball player means you need to act like an adult, and train 12 months out of a year.
Unlike 99% of us working slobs there will be plenty of time to relax and enjoy what life has thrown their way once their playing days are over, typically shy of their 40th birthday.
So when you look at it this way to me it suggests that a year or two of tweaking a few positions along with a serious rebuilding top to bottom of attitude, is the ticket. It's NOT a total "rebuild" but it is a lot of "reshaping"