Win as many battles as possible
As Tiger Woods knows, winning cures everything. Any manager can only be judged by wins and losses. Building a bond with players, creating costumed-themed road-trips or even looking the other way when someone sneaks a cold one in the locker room are all a means to end – namely winning.
The manager is the only person working for the Red Sox whose primary job is win every game. Player contracts are guaranteed. Upper management and ownership have other agendas, such as looking ahead at free-agency concerns in 2019, feeding the Monster or shrinking the cups down to 12 ounces to accommodate those $5 beers.
Every single decision a manager makes, from the final roster spot, to who bats third, to how many innings Lester pitches against the Yankees Monday, must be made with the singular focus of winning.
Numerical gimmicks, dedicated pitch counts for front-line starters and Carmine’s metrics about all those runs Adrian Gonzalez will produce would go the way of $10 parking. Video technology, statistical data bases, advancements in medicine (and we’re not talking HGH), physical rehabilitation and nutrition have made baseball players better athletes.
But instinct and logic are just as important when it comes to managing those athletes.