Re: Bob Valentine - the worst in-game manager in MLB
posted at 8/24/2012 2:21 PM EDT
In Response to Re: Bob Valentine - the worst in-game manager in MLB
[QUOTE]In Response to Re: Bob Valentine - the worst in-game manager in MLB : Easily answered. His good things are the lineups and the handling of the bullpen, which this year is missing Pap and Bard and, until recently, Bailey. He's been more aggressive than Francona was in taking pitchers out, also in using lefties against righty batters, etc. His lineups have done a good job of mitigating the chaos of every position except C, 1B, and SS being on the DL for longish periods of time. He made a good call on saying Miller should always pitch from the stretch, not facing the batter. He had to pick a closer and Aceves was a decent choice given what he had. He got AGon to play RF 18 times--mixed results, but it did get Ortiz and Youk into the lineup. He played Ciriaco a lot and in different parts of the lineup, to good effect. He used Posednick well, but might have been the reason why Posednick left earlier in the season. During the offseason he went to the homes of most or all of the regulars to get to know them. His mistakes include underestimating how anything said to the Boston press is dangerous--the polar opposite of Francona's approach which was always to defend the players and say as little as possible. His willingness to talk,probably too much, is no doubt a function of his personality reinforced by several years as an analyst, for which he was paid to say provocative things. He almost certainly should have insisted on his own coaches, especially pitching. He should have insisted on keeping Bard in the bullpen. Maybe he should have started Shoppach more. He should have sent Middlebrooks back to AAA--this is all hindsight-- and kept Youk at 3B, but I'm thinking that was a FO decision. At the end of the day, he expects to be evaluated on the team's performance and has said so several times. If he is fired, he is very unlikely to complain.
Posted by maxbialystock[/QUOTE]
Actually, I agree with almost 100% of what you just said.
I do think several people keep ignoring the big issues with bobby v.
* HE keeps bring up dead & buried issues. HE has brought to light many things that NOBODY ever would have heard about, thus causing a few firestorms, & derailing at least 2 runs the team was on. HE has been the "leaker in chief."
* HE had been a major contributor to the lack of communication between players, coaches, & himself!
* HE caused the Youk situation to become completely untenable.
* HE caused the players to come to Youks defense! Granted, they should have done so privately with bobby v., and bobby v. should have apologized to Youk.
* HE is really good at "looking" foolish.
* HE seems to be out of it often times!
* HE never got the respect of the players, coaches, GM, or ownership..... Until 2 weeks ago. Too little too late!
* HE did not even know what pitcher he was facing when making the line-up on several / a number of occasions.
* HE still can't get his team on board for anything! Not even to impress upon the guys the importance of being at Pesky's service.
* HE is clearly a lame duck!