Red Sox are 2-9, what's Francona to do? Here are some options; Which one would you choose?

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    No. 8-Remember Theo Epstein left the Fenway Park offices back on Halloween of 2005 in a gorilla suit. Maybe he can think of another disguise.
     

    Theo Epstein is the Master of Disguise

     
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    Re: Red Sox are 2-9, what's Francona to do? Here are some options; Which one would you choose?

    The lineup changes will work, season long. Keep using the bench like he's doing, and pray that Buch, Lackey and DiceK pitch to at least marginal #4 and form. I think Buck will do better than that, but Lackey and DiceK may or many not.

    Nothing Tito can do about lousy starts and players failing to get hits with guys on base. Scutaro did it and the team won. When facing Price or other high end pitchers, the offense must get timely hits. Lowrie, Youk, AGon and Drew and Ellsbury failed to get timely hits when runners were on base. 

    Over time, the offense will be one of the top run producers in the league, just like last year. However, the starting pitching will continue to be the unknown outcome barometer of where this team goes. 
     
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    What would Bill Belichek do?

    Punt on 3rd down?

    He did do this once?...right? Or am I crazy?
     
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    I recent games many times they made good contact, the ball was hit directly at someone.

     
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    5. Stay the course.  Francona doesn't have a panic button, which ironically sets of the panic button in many fans.   I also think he should salt in some #8 for good measure.
    Posted by SpacemanEephus


    I agree. Francona's strength -- and the strength of all most good managers or coaches -- is that he doesn't have a panic button. Look at all the panicking last year at the start. What happens? The team starts clicking, goes on a tear and is right there before all the injuries hit. (And anyone who says injuries shouldn't have mattered is a fool. )

    But something along the lines of No. 8 is probably necessary to help loosen up the atmosphere. The problems with big team meetings or grand gestures is that if you do that and they don't work, what's left.

    Francona has hardly been standing still. He has used the bench, juggled the order. It's now on the players to start playing up to their ability.
     
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    Red Sox are 2-9, what's Francona to do? Here are some options; Which one would you choose?

    Terry Francona had one of the best jobs in baseball on April 1. The Red Sox had emerged from spring training healthy and were favored to get to the World Series. They had a deep rotation, a lineup with power and speed and a bullpen loaded with power arms.

    Now it's April 12 and disaster has struck. The Sox have the worst record in baseball at 2-9 and have been outscored by 32 runs. They are hitting .230 and have a staff ERA of 6.77.

    So what do you do to try and change it? Here are some options:

    1. Throw a fit: Come in with fire in your eyes. Told a team meeting after batting practice and flip over a table. Take a bat to something. Threaten to fight anybody who talks back. Throw things across the room. This was big with Billy Martin.

    2. Get ejected: As soon as there's a close call or your pitcher gets squeezed, get tossed. Come running out of the dugout and do whatever it takes. Once you get tossed, hang around for a few minutes and get your money's worth by kicking dirt on the plate or throwing a base. This will delight the crowd.

    3. Blame somebody else: The media makes a good scapegoat. Collect a bunch of headlines or video clips of people making fun of your team. Try and create an "us against the world" atmosphere. Ask Tony La Russa for tips on this.

    4. Change the routine: Cancel batting practice and tell the players to stay home until 5 p.m. Threaten to fine anybody who shows up early. This was a favored tactic of Joe Torre.

    5. Stay the course: Trust in the roster. Trust track records. Maintain your composure. This could require plenty of medication, but it's better than panic.

    6, Create a distraction with crazy behavior: Start your pre-game press conference by announcing you plan to root for the Canadiens against the Bruins. Endorse Donald Trump for president a few minutes later. This is will take attention away from how lousy the team is. Ozzie Guillen is the king of this.

    7. Draw up a crazy lineup:. Hit Ortiz first. Bat Scutaro cleanup. It can't be any worse than what has gone on so far.

    8. Make 'em laugh: Pretend to call a team meeting and have a guy in a clown suit sneak up and hit you with a pie in the face. I'm actually sort of serious about this. Do something to ease the tension.

    What's your idea?

     
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    5. Stay the course.  Francona doesn't have a panic button, which ironically sets off the panic button in many fans.  

    I also think he should salt in some #8 for good measure.
     
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    I guess calling off the game because of rain is another option.
     
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    Pull the goalie and go for the tie....oops, wrong sport.  But seriously folks, until Tito starts pitching, fielding, and hitting, there ain't a whole lot he can do about our woeful start.  About the only thing I'd suggest is to make up a lineup against righties and lefties and stick with it.  Where players would like to hit don't matter - stick with a steady lineup.  If it works, great - if it don't so what, we ain't winning now and we're the worse team in baseball - there's no room to go down.
     
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    Francoma plays favorites to players,no matter how sorry they are,he will still put them in the lineup. There is no discipline with this bunch of turkey's.Wish we had Dick Williams,Billy Martin or sweet lou Pinella at the helm. How many runners have been left on base? more than any other team in major league baseball. So many it is hard to keep count. Bottom line.....FIRE FRANCOMA and get a major shake up! ! ! !
     
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    Francoma plays favorites to players,no matter how sorry they are,he will still put them in the lineup. There is no discipline with this bunch of turkey's.Wish we had Dick Williams,Billy Martin or sweet lou Pinella at the helm. How many runners have been left on base? more than any other team in major league baseball. So many it is hard to keep count. Bottom line.....FIRE FRANCOMA and get a major shake up! ! ! !
    Posted by DEBeardsr


    So, despite the fact that he has not used the same lineup twice yet, he plays favorites to players and just puts them in the lineup?

    And, its his fault that there has been so many men left on base?

    Good stuff.
     
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    He should resign and be the Yankees bench coach.
     
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    Francoma plays favorites to players,no matter how sorry they are,he will still put them in the lineup.

    And usually he ends up looking smart in the end for doing so. For the last two years people have been calling for Papi to be benched/demoted/whatever in April and May, but Francona stuck with him and Papi rewarded his patience by going on a tear and ending up with roughly 30 homers and 100 RBIs. 

    Slumps like the ones many of our hitters seem to be in right now come and go throughout the season. The solution is to let them play through it, not bench them because they had a bad week and a half. Francona understands this. You can't run a baseball team by blowing up all your plans every time the wind changes, as some around here would have it. 
     
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