Re: It is Time for the Tito Bashers to Step Forward Again
posted at 7/11/2011 12:03 PM EDT
In Response to Re: It is Time for the Tito Bashers to Step Forward Again
[QUOTE]He's still a buffoon when it comes to on field strategy. If it were not for the sorry pitching we have been facing, his station-to-station offensive managing style is too safe. Francona is not a risk taker, and not agressive whatsoever on offense. He routinely will not test opposing OF arms and seldom plays hit and run. Lately, Ellsbury has been getting on base but has failed to attempt a SB. I don't know if that's on Francona or Ells but it's rediculous for him not to be running on the first or second pitch. He ties Pedey's hands when he doesn't run Esllbury.
Posted by Alibiike[/QUOTE]
Saying he is a buffoon is what makes your arguement really weak Ike. Buffoon? Really? I have been reading your posts since you have been on here and you are not exactly a baseball PhD. Kinda silly to call one of the most respected guys in the biz a buffoon.
No, he is not a risk taker. But what does testing OFers arms have to do with this. 3rd base coach makes this call. And, if anything, Bogar is way too adventurous in this regard (for my taste anyway).
Pretty sure Ellsbury has a green light at all times. If he hasn't been running of late, I think it is because he has been a little gun shy since he has been thrown out so much this year.
Hit and run? He doesn't hit and run because he has a line-up that doesn't need to hit and run. The-risk-to-reward ratio with this particular play is not as good as the excitement of the play may lead you to believe. I challenge you to find the A.L. manager, in 2011, who really relies on the hit-and-run. The use of this play is a novelty pretty much across the board at this point.
In any case, whether you take a contrary view of these particular issues that you brought up or not, they are issues of managerial style/philosophy, not acumen. Perhaps he IS too conservative. But, not hitting-and-running is hardly a reason to label him a buffoon.