Re: Your Confidence Level in Manager John on the Eve of ALCS?
posted at 10/12/2013 4:51 AM EDT
In response to maxbialystock's comment:
I think the confidence in the manager thing is over done. I do think his interaction with the players can help or hurt--see John Farrell vs. Bobby V--but by and large all managers have a plethora of data which normally gives them a much better basis for making moves than anything we can think of.
What makes managers successful and unsuccessful are good and not so good players. It's that simple. Joe Torre was a loser until he got the Yankees job. Grady Little was a loser after he had the Sox job. Francona was a loser before he managed the Sox.
I started a thread before game 5 saying Iglesias had to be benched and Leyland did just that, not because I had any great insight but because it was just so obvious. Iglesias wasn't hitting and Peralta was, plus nobody was hitting the ball to Iglesias. In four ALDS games he had half as many fielding chances as Drew had.
But lots of times the best move, which doesn't alway pan out, isn't obvious, so some fans then launch a thread declaring the manager doesn't know what he is doing. You know, like redsoxfireman did after game 3 when Longoria hit the dinger. Dumb, dumb, dumb the cry went forth. Never pitch to Longoria when 2d base is open--great slugger, clutch hitter, etc.--except of course in the 7th inning with one man out, a man on second with the go ahead run in a tie game, and first base open. Then it's OK, of course. In fact it's obvious you pitch to him because in that particular instance Longoria popped out to 3B. But I guarantee you another four of five threads would have sprung up if Longoria had singled to drive in the go ahead run. What was Farrell thinking? I guess he's lucky there was no hue and cry after he sent Uehara out to pitch the 9th and gave up the gamewinning dinger to Lobaton.
Actually thought Buchholz should've taken more of the blame for that. It was obvious not to give him anything to hit. But it was one mistake ( perhaps the only one ) that didn't effect the whole series, only that one game. And "what doesn't kill ya' ....".
As an In-game manager, I give Farrell an 8.2
I really liked the idea of having Uehara pitch a 4-out save after giving up a walk off hr the game before. I thought that was, for lack of a better word, mega-smart. :)
As far as creating a winning atmosphere off-field, I give him a 10.