Re: Your pick: Francona or Farrell?
posted at 6/21/2013 8:29 AM EDT
In response to jasko2248's comment:
In response to pumpsie-green's comment:
Francona was great at managing the clubhouse because he protected his players from media and fan criticism to a fault. That was his strength. He also managed much better and more actively in the postseason.
On the other hand, his in-game tactics were terrible. He seemed brain dead on the bench at times and he was as creative as dry wall. He left his pitchers in the game too long at times and at other times took them out too soon. He failed to utilize his full offensive arsenal: pinch hit, hit and run, or execute the stolen base, for example. He rarely used defensive shifts. He failed to remove badly slumping players from the lineup soon enough, instead allowing them to continue to fail to the detriment of the team (eg: Wakefield). Yes the Red Sox won two rings while he mostly sat on the pine and did nothing-they won IN SPITE of him, not because of him. Francona was stubborn as well, making the same stupid mistakes over and over again. And in the end he completely lost control of his players and had to be fired.
So far Farrell has done a good job at in game tactics with a few hiccups. He is using more of his offensive and defensive arsenal and is protecting his players when the deserve it and calling them out when they don't (eg: Will Middlebrooks had to prove he could hit before he could return to the team).
In summary, there is no comparison. Francona was, at best, mediocre, and probably worse than that. Farrell is doing a good job so far, but its still early. I would rather have Bill806 managing the team than Francona.
WE ARE ALL JUST POPPYSEEDS IN THE BAKERY OF LIFE
Then again, you have absolutely NO...I...DEA whether or not Tito made a right decision or not, because you weren't sitting next to him in the dugout and you didn't have access to the same information he did. You don't know if a pitcher asked to come out or if a pitcher warming up in the pen just didn't have it. Managers have access to so much more information than a fan does and they rely on the advice of their coaches.
You criticizing a baseball manager for a baseball decision is the equivalent of me criticizing a NASA engineer because of the way he built a rocket ship.
And to add to that Jasko...
If Tito protected the players, was able to manage some big egos and make more right moves than wrong ones on the field, which he did, Id say he was part of the reason they won. If he did none of that, this those teams would have run wild a lot earlier than they did. Dont worry, Farrell will make his share of "bad moves" if hes here for 8 years.
The whole "in spite of" is so laughable to me.