Re: Sox new Manager?
posted at 8/24/2012 3:39 PM EDT
In Response to Sox new Manager?
[QUOTE]Alex Cora... He's always been managerial material and someone players respect. He knows this roster and how to motivate the likes of Pedey and Beckett with the truth and some good humor. More importantly, after hearing him on WEEI today, he's seems to get it and will instill and environment of accountability back in the Sox clubhouse. Like D. Mattingly & R. Ventura, the Sox might catch lightening in a bottle with Cora without having to dismatle the whole roster and start over. Plus, I think J. Cronin was only 29 when he took the reigns as Sox manager. I know Ventura paid some dues coaching in the minors and Mattingly benched for Torre but the Sox could always get some old, affable Don Zimmer type to be Cora's bench coach and help him out. Then re-sign Ross, get rid of Beckett for 40 cents on the dollar, trade Ellsbury for a top pitcher (using Posednik as a bridge to Bradley), give Lackey one more shot at the end of the rotation, get rid of Aviles (using Ciriaco as a bridge to Inglesias or Boggearts, and this team my be likeable once again!
Posted by wfdog[/QUOTE]
One amazing OP.
For starters, no one ever catches lightning in a bottle with a manager. Players do all the pitching, hitting, fielding, and baserunning, and managers can only affect them at the margins. Occasionally, granted, managers get lucky and the team gets hot. So maybe you are hoping Cora is just a very lucky guy.
You honestly don't think Pedroia is motivated? His only problem is occasionally being overmotivated when he should be giving an injury time to heal.
Ross is worth keeping, but ain't the key to the offense. Posednick might be better except for the dingers.
Ellsbury is very unlikely to bring back a top pitcher. If he were, the Sox would already have made that deal. He's not having a good year, he's missed a lot of games in the last three seasons, including this one, he is a free agent after 2013, and his agent is Scott Boras. Boras alone makes him semi-toxic.
Aviles is hardly the problem. Nothing wrong with Ciriaco or Bogaerts or even Iglesias, but Aviles has been adequate this year. My guess is the Sox will trade Iglesias and wait for Bogaerts. FWIW, I like both Iglesias and Ciriaco and would love to see Bogaerts.
If the Sox keep most of what they already have and get just one good frontline starter, they should be very likeable next year. This is potentially a very good lineup: Ells, CC, Pedroia, Ortiz, AGon, Middlebrooks, Ross/Posednick, Lavarnway/Salty, and Ciriaco/Aviles/Iglesias.