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Managers are still using judgment, but a lot of the decision-making has become push button and formulaic:
It's your contention that establishing roles for pitchers, and rules for how long they can go and how frequently they can be used, don't involve the manager's judgment?
You've all read the poem that says "he does not perform (?) like Harold Chase upon the fielding job."
No; it's my contention that managers aren't doing that.
They do have to decide which pitchers on the roster to slot into each role, but the roles themselves are pre-established. As zack says in 52.
Of course managers use judgment in building the roster in the first place; nobody said otherwise. We're talking about actual game management.
Pre-established by whom?
The only reason to favor what David calls "game management" is that it's cool to see a reliever throw three and two thirds innings in a 5-4 game. Generally, sabermetrics favors objective criteria over esthetics, but in bullpen management, it seems to be the opposite.
Pre-established by whom? Just because those roles are commonly used across baseball doesn't mean the manager has no role in deciding them.
You're creating an artificial distinction between game management and what you might call season management. Obviously, managers don't go all-out to win every single game. Clayton Kershaw doesn't start every game for the Dodgers. Why would you want to favor decisions made in the heat of the moment over decisions made in the long term, for the good of the entire season?
For all the belly-aching over push-button managing, it's not at all clear to me that the current system is detrimental to teams. Bullpens don't seem to be performing any worse, and pitchers' careers don't seem to be suffering. There's a tacit judgement that managers are doing this to make their jobs easier, but it seems more likely to me that managers are doing it to win ballgames.
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