Re: Don't Blame Bobby V
posted at 9/5/2012 5:25 PM EDT
In response to Joebreidey's comment:
In response to slasher9s comment:
what is a great manager worth wins wise?
what does a terrible manager cost you wins wise?
if we consider bobby v as the worst manager ever and replaced him with casey stengel/ joe mccarthy the sox would still be in 4th place in the division.
I think decision-wise, maybe it might be 4 games. But you can also provide an environment conducive or non-conducive to winning. Having players approached by the press every day, asking about BV latest utterances, is not conducive to focusing on BB.
The difference between the worst possible bunting call, say Aviles bunting v Blackburn, maybe costs us about .3 runs.
OTOH, stabbing Youkilis in the back after we won 3 straight against TB, was followed by a 5-game losing streak. There is no telling what type of damage these distractions caused.
Nobody forces the press to ask questions about controversies that it has inflamed, and nobody forces the players to answer. Do you pay any attention to what Ortiz says to the press? Or any of the other players, for that matter? Try some of Pedey's more recent statements. I haven't heard him say anything like the "Japan" crack.
But I will say that you have a knack for diction that succinctly sums up a complicated situation:
"stabs in the back." That's another of your fortes, going back to day one: "indefensible."
I won't argue tactics with you, again and again and again. So don't say "how about the bunt."
Let it be said that you and I disagree about BV's moves. He's made some mistakes. What manager hasn't? On balance I think BV has done a good job with tactics and a superb job with the pen, all things considered.