Re: Losing mentality
posted at 9/13/2012 5:44 PM EDT
In response to dgalehouse's comment:
In response to maxbialystock's comment:
The OP is way off base. You want a real "losing mentality?" Look at the Dodgers. They've brought in some pretty good talent--at a humoungous price (especially the salaries of AGon, CC, and Beckett)--to go with a pretty good lineup (before adding AGon, Victorino, etc), and they are now 6-11 since AGon showed up. I mean, the Dodgers already had Matt kemp, who is usually billed here OTFB as the greatest outfielder in the NL or the universe or the history of baseball or whatever. The Dodgers must be because Mattingly doesn't know how to manage or inspire the troops or whatever.
Or maybe, like every other manager in MLB, Mattingly just needs hitters who consistently hit the ball hard and pitchers who have good stuff and hit their spots. I don't know, but I'm guessing Mattingly is a pretty good manager, well regarded by the FO and the players, etc, ad nauseum. But great managers quickly become lousy managers when the hitters stop hitting and the pitchers stop throwing good stuff.
Meanwhile, back in Boston Bobby V has one of the worst pitching staffs in MLB--certainly among the bottom 5--and a depleted lineup missing some pretty key guys like Ortiz, AGon, Middlebrooks/Youk, and, for the most part, Ellsbury, who so far has been subpar this year (vs. last year's MVP season). If that wasn't enough, he's got a reliever who throw public and semi-public tantrums--the same reliever Bobby supported loyally all season long.
So Max , you think the losing is all physical ? No mental aspect to the game ?
I think individual focus--my version of "mental aspect"--is crucial in MLB and hard to sustain with pitchers and hitters taking forever between pitches. Amphetamines shouldn't just be allowed, they should be mandatory, but of course they are not.
I also think managers can affect focus only at the margins. I think managers have far less effect on their teams than football and basketball coaches do. Thus Joe Torre was a loser before he went to the Yankees and Francona was a loser in Philly and a winner in Boston.
In other words, before anything else, you gotta first have the players. This year Bobby V has not had the players. Last year Francona did have the players--the best lineup in MLB in 2011--but still had the worst September in MLB history. Probably not his fault because the pitching went sour--Beckett, Lester, Bard, and Papelbon, to name a few. Oh, and Miller.