Re: Nice article re: Valentine and change
posted at 4/20/2012 11:56 PM EDT
In Response to Re: Nice article re: Valentine and change
[QUOTE]In Response to Re: Nice article re: Valentine and change : You are correct, 'disagree' is better. It's just so unusual that I would disagree with any manager this often. And to some extent, I try to differentiate between disagreeing and trying to find any rationale for the decisions. For example, I'd have pitched to Young. B2B IW to get to a 3rd hitter are not all that uncommon, but at least I'd understand if you didn't want to load the bases. But how are Albers and Thomas your only choices with bases loaded and Longoria up? There are 6 other guys in the BP, and all of them are better. Why did he pitch Padilla in the blowout, and then not have him available the next night? Morales allowed a single, an IW, and walk, and a HBP. I see no upside whatsoever pitching a struggling lefty against a righty who had 3 HRs in the series. Did you expect a positive outcome from that? He was going to catch Salty one game and Shoppach another. Why did he choose to have Salty catch Beckett rather than Buchholz? Beckett didn't care to throw to Salty last year. Why pick a fight with Youk during a 3-game winning streak?
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And on and on.
Valentine didn't intend to "pick a fight," as you put it, with Youkilis. See Boom and Katz, for instance. Your language is more provocative than the situation warrants
He's making a point, a good one, that there will be no personal catchers. There will be nights when the pitcher will have to take the catcher who's there. Might as well get used to it. Especially Beckett.
I've twice spoken to the Morales/Fiedler case. I agree with Valentine. I also agree with him and Terry that he was right to see what Bard would do in that situation. And with McClure. There are times when you let a pitcher stay if he "wants a batter," especially early in the season.
There will be nights when a lefty, struggling or not, will have to pitch to a RHed power hitter. Might Morales be the one?
The answer to all of your questions, as Valentine has said, is that he's trying to find out what he's got and doesn't have. That makes sense to me.
Sounds to me as though, "this early," you're going out of your way to find fault. Valentine annoys you. Fine. But it seems like your emotional reaction to him has prompted a quick trigger and extreme language -- "every decision."
( Did you mean "move"? )
You don't see "any rationale" for things you've criticized. I do. Irritating as the man can be, no one has ever accused him of not knowing what's going on in a baseball game. Maybe, as Leiter says, the players should listen to this manager. Maybe fans should be patient with him.
There will be plenty of chances to second-guess Valentine legitimately and to call him a horse's earlobe. I think that you are pressing the case too hard for now.