“I know it’s simplistic, but I think the day and age of managing 25 players as one unit are over,” Schilling said. “The manager’s impact of wins and losses I think has changed more in baseball than any professional sport. I think they have very little to do with the 9 innings and 3 hours of game play each night. I think their jobs have become, I’d say babysitting, but I think their jobs have become managing personnel. And Bobby is a guy that is interested in trying to making you understand how much he knows about the game.”
Schilling said he thinks Valentine micromanages and relies on the rigid structure of the game in Japan, where he managed the Chiba Lotte Marines to the 2005 Pacific League championship, and that while his baseball IQ is high, that approach won’t work in the Red Sox clubhouse or the Boston market.
“There’s way more structure and discipline in Japan (where Valentine last managed) than there is in the United States. It’s not even close,” Schilling said. “And that to me is a big deal. Over here, one of the reasons (former Red Sox manager) Terry (Francona) was able to do what he did was because he didn’t worry about the little stuff. And Bobby’s entire life is caught up in the little stuff. Micromanaging bunt drills, I don’t think that’s a problem. I don’t think that was ever a problem here to begin with.”
Catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia believes Schilling has a right to his opinion. He also believes Schilling is flat-out wrong.
“I think Bobby’s brought a lot of good things into this team,” he said. “We’re working on our game more than we did—hit-and-run, stealing. We’re doing a lot of things we haven’t done in the past. It can’t be anything but good.
“Is he different than Tito (Francona)? Yeah. He’s not Tito. I thought Tito was awesome—more of a quiet approach—but I think Bobby has done a great job of keeping the guys loose, keeping the heat off us and kind of putting it on himself.”
Posted: April 03, 2012 at 12:40 AM | 28 comment(s)
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