Re: Time is long overdue to....
posted at 6/13/2013 1:46 PM EDT
. . . . replace Farrell with a manager who knows what he is doing. Until that happens, the Sox will continue to be mired in first place. Thank goodness for moonslav and others like him are sharing their insights into how deeply flawed the Sox management is.
Would you stop the BS?
I have never once faulted Farrell even for one tiny thing he has done.
I have applauded many moves by Ben:
1) Called the Dodger trade "perhaps the best Sox trade in my lifetime".
2) Loved the David Ross signing.
3) Loved the Napoli signing.
4) Loved the Gomes signing (especially as a comparison to C Ross' deal)
5) Loved the Carp deal.
6) Loved the Uehara deal.
7) Loved the Breslow trade and extension.
8) Loved the Bailey deal at the time, and still do (in a minority here, I think).
9) Loved the fact that we kept our major prospects this past winter.
10) Loved the Aviles for farell trade.
11) I was one of the few posters here who was totally content with a Nava/Gomes platoon in LF, and stated that I would not be surprised if they combined for "one of the best OBP's on the team in 2013". (Big Nava supporter, esp against RHPs)
12) Loved the pitching coach change.
I have stated many many times that Ben should not have been judged on last winter, since his hands were tied (see the Bobby V fiasco).
I have been praising Sox ownership since day 1. I have never said one bad word about the owners or Larry L.
I happen to speak up if I disagree with some moves management has made. I don't think my track record on disagreements is either long or all that wrong in hindsight. Of course being as opiniuonated as I am, I am going to be wrong often, and I have been (see the Buch, Ells & Lowrie for J Santana position among many others).
Recently, I have been critical of:
1) Signing Papi to that much money. I siad over and over, I'd make sure he retires in Boston, but I think we could have paiid less or had more of his contract in incentives based on PAs.
2) Was against the Drew signing and playing him over Iggy (I have wanted Iggy as our FT SS since ST 2012- perhaps my single biggest beef with Ben).
3) Was against the Victorino signing and hoped we'd have traded for J Upton or signed A Pagan to the same money as SV but for one more crucial season.
4) Was against the Dempster signing and suggested we sign a guy like B McCarthy for $26M/3 (again a crucial extra season at about the same cost) or A. Sanchez.
5) I was against the Hanrahan deal, since I thought Melancon got a bad rap, but I also said none of the prospects traded seemed to be good enough to make it bigtime.
6) In general, I was upset that we did not continue where the Dodger trade had taken us. I was hoping we would have done 2 things this past winter, and I find it hard to think my ideas are patently wrong:
A) Fill one of our biggest 2 weak links: Top of rotation pitcher and solid RH'd middle of the order hitter.
B) Add players that could have helped us in 2013, but also several years beyond.
Is there something fundementally wrong with those two positions? Is having those two positions being anti-Ben or anti-Sox management?
I have stated a number of times, that I thought the Dodger trade was when this team became Ben's team, and that counting that trade and beyond, Ben has done a good job rebuilding this team, keeping the farm intact, and keeping financial flexibility intact from the Dodger deal onwards.
I have suggest trades over the years, but in no way are my suggestions meant to be put downs of the players I suggest trading or the GM not making those deals.
The jury is out on Ben, and he deserves a chance to prove himself. I have said that many times. So far, altahough several of his signings have not looked great on paper, this team has come together beyond my expectations. So far, I have been wrong about this team. I am hoping it continues, and our relatively good luck on the health front continues as well.
I think Iggy should be playing 90%+ the games. I think we should look to trade certain players for higher value. I guess you disagree, so that makes you a Sox management supporter and me a Sox management hater in your eyes. Every Sox player we have is exactly the player we need. There is no possible upgrade available. We are perfect. Ben is perfect. Everyone is perfect. Let's not speak one word of criticism. We should never lose another game.