Re: Red Sox management: Lies, Lies, and more lies!
posted at 4/26/2013 8:43 AM EDT
In response to FrankFromGL's comment:
In regards to Aceves demotion, Farrell said :This was strictly performance-based.”
“He just has to pitch better. Besides that, there’s nothing else to it,” Cherington said.
So demotion and promotion is strictly performance based. Excuse me while I LOL!
Let’s take a look at this Red Sox management philosophy. Is it consistent?
The answer is No with a capital N!
A prime example of this inconsistency is the following example:
Iglesias was hitting .450 with a .550 slugging percentage. Add to that a sensational -- and wildly entertaining brand of defense. This combination made him one of the most productive shortstops in baseball. His reward: demotion. Was it strictly performance based? Did the Sox front office make the decision based on production in the most recent past? No with a capital N!
Do you see the inconsistency?\
Is this front office being up front with its fans? No with a capital N!
Did the fact that the Sox signed Stephen Drew to a $9.5 million contract last winter have anything to do with the decision? Yes with a capital Y!
What is Stephen Drew currently batting? .119
Should the Sox judge Middlebrooks(BA=.169) Gomes (BA=.188) and Saltalamacchia ( BA= .237)
based strictly on performance?
Recent history clearly demonstrates Red Sox management’s viewpoint.
Take Manny Ramirez. Clearly Ramirez had his moments with the Sox , especially when it came to fake hamstring injuries and childish behavior. But it was waved off with mumblings of "Manny being Manny" and forced smiles.
Ramirez was a game-changing hitter who made a difference when he was in the lineup. Ramirez's teammates were willing to put up with the Manny nonsense (when they got fed up in 2008, Ramirez was gone).
When Alfredo Aceves pitched horribly on Tuesday, including an inning when he balked twice and failed to cover first base, manager John Farrell called it a lack of focus. It wasn't the first time. But it is doubtful his teammates had his back (especially after he blamed them for not hitting).
What we have is lies, lies and more lies.
Watch out while traveling on the bridge to nowhere!
I agree management probably doesn't tell us everything but do you really expect they would, or should if it creates more drama? Aceves in my opinion is on his way out of Boston before the end of the season if we can trade him. I'm sure teams would show interest even if we didn't get much in return.
As for Iggy, I also agree to some extent but when you sign a guy for 9mil as in the case of Drew and Ciriaco plays SS while presently backing up 3B, this keeps Iggy off the roster for now. With Middy, a lot of us suspected or expected there may be a drop off after his rookie year. Nobody thought it would be to this extent and again Ciriaco is our only real back up plan. I think we can safely say the same for Salty and especially Ross offensively which may have had something to do with bringing Lav back up. If this was the case, these are the kind of moves I love because it sometimes lights a fire under the person or persons struggling.
The team is winning with these guys struggling because our SP pitching/defense has been amazing along with timely hitting. Will this continue if all these guys continue to struggle? Maybe, maybe not but we are 15 and 7 to start the year.