Re: We are awash in "Coma can't manage threads" on the forum
posted at 6/29/2011 2:52 PM EDT
In Response to Re: We are awash in "Coma can't manage threads" on the forum
[QUOTE]I think you are thinking just because the Sox lost last night with a inferior lineup, that people blame Francona for the loss. Well Francona is the manager and makes the lineup out, makes the on field decisions, and is the Boss during the games. I don't think Francona is a good manager or even a average manager, but the reasons are not based on last nights game, but over the 8 years he has been the manager. Again Francona walked into a very good situation and the pieces were in place for anyone to be successful and to win a WS[S]. But look at his managing our lack of managing game after game, his total lack of playing small ball ever, trying to score that run in scoring position with less than two outs, never knowing when to replace a pitcher, giving games away, hardly ever using a bunt to move runners, and always juggling the lineup. The lineup is always changing, he rest players who don't need that extra day off, heck he rested Pedroia one year just after the All-star game, because in his words, Pedroia needed a day off. One reason the Yankee's are always good is generally speaking you know who will play each and every day. Their lineup is pretty much set each day, but with the Sox Francona will play someone because as he said once, he likes to play, so we will get him in their. Francona is a nice person and I like him as a baseball man, but he is not a good manager, just a very fortunate man who fell into a great situation in 04.
Posted by peanutandme[/QUOTE]
total lack of playing small ball ever - not true. just uses it extremely judiciously, unlike wanton managers like Mike Scoscia. This "non-use" anyway is philosophical. Straight Bill James and many organizations, particularly in the A'L, ascribe to it.
Line-up juggling - Yes, but, if you pay attention, you might notice that he does this early in the season so that he can get the right mix and tends to lock down a regular line-up post all-star break. yes, he believes in using the first-half as see-what-we-got time. But the idea is to see-what-they-got so they know what they got down the stretch. Tito, unlike many fans, has his eyes on the big prize and knows he has to do some mixing and matching to learn what works and what doesn't and what doesn't and also to give experiments time to come together.
Days Off - Yup. Perhaps to a flaw, but, again, with the eyes on the big prize, he errs on the side of caution so the boys are fresh and ready down the stretch. We take it for granted with all the playoff appearances, but, do you think it is just about the calibre of players behind the fact that, minus last year and 06 injury-decimation years, the Sox have managed to play great stretch run ball and pull out playoff spots in tight races every single year?
Its not that your points don't have some merit. They are just very debatable. You COMA-legions are very black and white in your assessments of Francona. But, there is a lot of grey area you do not consider. And baseball is full of grey area. 162 games is a long season. my personal feeling is that the COMA-legions have very little concept of the ins and outs of that grind. Maybe I am wrong. Maybe I don't know jack about baseball. But, as i see it, all managers make many mistakes. Nature of the beast. Tito is no different. I don't want to argue that he is a bastion of perfection. Just that he is a solid manager with a distinct approach. The very issues you point to as what makes him a horrible manager are the reasons that I think he is a good manager. Go figure.