Re: Theo Really Said This?
posted at 10/26/2011 2:28 PM EDT
In Response to Re: Theo Really Said This?
[QUOTE]Minor leagues ravaged -- when was the last good starter from the minors? And don't say Bowden -- several bad and embarrassing contracts, including Beckett's, a culture of whiners ("Gee, those interleague games are tough"), no leadership, fat old guys, like Wakefield, nursing their egos, a high-average hitter, Gonzo, who can't reach .200 vs contending teams and blames God for the bad September -- yeah, Sox are in good shape.
Posted by Ergoetal[/QUOTE]
Spot on. It's amazing, though hardly surprising, that the apologists simply still refuse to see anything wrong with this franchise. And there is a lot wrong here. The biggest thing being that they're system, or 'Carmine,' or whatever they're going to call it now that Theo's gone, is broken. And ownership is either too stupid or too arrogant to realize it. It's their system that keeps spitting out computer models telling them that Lackey is a good choice, that Crawford is a good choice, that Jenks, and Cameron and Drew, and so on and so on...are good decisions. And it's this same system that's going to continue to tell them what they have currently is a WSC caliber team when they run computer models. This is a huge problem
They continue to refer to the past three seasons as 'aberrations,' because their system tells them they are. And since they've got a large number of players returning, their system is going to tell them the same thing again in 2012.
They still believe their system is cutting edge, when it clearly isn't. Both time and technology have seemingly passed them by while they've been continuing to take bows over the past four years for their two WCSs. And while Epstein's absence is a huge addition by subtraction, nothing much is bound to change with them hiring Cherington from within the same system.
My guess is this will ultimately cost Cherington his job 2-3 years down the road when someone or somebody over there finally wakes up and realizes that a whole new system is in order.