Re: A Realistic look at 2012: Part I
posted at 11/4/2011 1:40 PM EDT
In Response to Re: A Realistic look at 2012: Part I
[QUOTE]Crit, I just think there should be a little psychological barrier between managers and players......ideally. Realistically, with todays prima donnas and forever contracts, the players life-span probably exceeds the managers. This, I believe, is one of the weaknesses in baseball today. The players run the teams and not the manager. And why should a manager have to 'motivate' a player/team? What the hell ever happened to self-motivation, accountability, responsibility, pride, honor? I'd love to see a GM tell the players that the manager has the power to deal with any insubordination or disruptive behavior...in the media. The media would love it, fans would love it, and players/agents would hate it........players union be damned.
Posted by ampoule[/QUOTE]Star players almost always out lived managers even in the reserve clause era. Talent between the lines is rarer than talent making out line-up cards. Dick Williams lost his clubhouse and then his job.
And let's not confuse ripping players in the media with a good structured environment. The Patriots Bill Belichick runs one tight operation but he will discuss internal communications or discipline ever.
Amp I agree to an extent about players needing to have character. But head coaches and managers are responsible for creating environments that are highly conducive to to self-motivation, accountability, responsibility, pride, and honor. Francona's approach worked for him to that end for a long time. Over time it appears that some of his tactics began to allow for a slow erosion of those factors. It became full exposed in September of 2011 and Francona by his account did not feel comfortable with changing his tactics to deal with it.
I think the changes in culture are more minor for the next leadership team than some think. Players at the core want to play and want to win when they play. It is human nature and the nature of every competitor. I don't think anybody's rear is going to have to kicked in, parameters will be set in the spring and if guys are reminded early and often if they stray from those expectations everything will be fine.
I certainly don't think that feeding the dark side of what can be a very dark market every time there is a breach is a very good way to go myself. The market is tough enough to play in already. It provides a lot less privacy than NY or LA or Chicago, has a media and fanbase as rabid (both good and bad) and the home facilities are cramped.
Yogi Berra famously said that "Baseball is 90% mental -- the other half is physical."