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I never meant to suggest that he is a bad manager in all respects, In fact, I know nothing about Roenicke. I was just going by his actual statements on this particular issue of letting players make bad baserunning decisions on the false guise of being "aggressive", and his worrying that it might cause the players to be tentative in other aspects of their game if he had the balls to correct their bad baserunning choices. That is simply a guy who is looking for the easy way out, and trying to keep his job.
(as for the reference to 'big boy analysts', i applaud your subtle move to place yourself in such company. and as for including mgl in such a classification, it's not 2003.)
What I suspect this shows is that players are not being coached properly along the way to the major leagues. The more talented ones are encouraged to just do their thing, lest their talent be inhibited. In a word, that's simply bad coaching, or coaching out of fear. Then they make the bigs, and it's too late to change much of anything.
The Cubs with Theo and Jed make sure to mention how their ace hitter prospects must show that they are competent in other aspects, such as reliable fielding, and good judgement all around. The promotion of Baez seems to go against this philosophy. But maybe Bill James had it right in an old Abstract when he wrote that as soon as you are better than the guy you are replacing, raw or not, you will get the job. It's not an easy thing to balance,,
The inmates are truly running the asylum there.
Roenicke may be great at a lot of aspects of his job, but I can't imagine it's necessary to let Carlos Gomez run into dumb outs on the basepaths to avoid "frustrating" him. He's blaming poor tactical management during the game on this motivation factor that can't be quantified. As the manager, he needs to to find a way to keep the players motivated AND playing good baseball. His quotes in the article really do suggest, in this specific area, he's letting the inmates run the asylum.
Well, neither of those things reflect what I'm about, but anyways......Bye Bye. Enjoy the middling quality of discussion on this site, and I'll enjoy not wasting my time responding to it. There's a reason why the big boy analysts like Tango, MGL, and a host of others don't come here.....
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