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Sunday, October 07, 2012

LUCCHINO ON D&C: ‘MYRIAD CHANGES’ FOR SOX

The most important area the Sox need to improve is the front office. Baseball operations needs to be prominent. The owners need to stop meddling in baseball operations and stop working the press. If they don’t have confidence in their GM to do the job, get a new GM. Then…let the GM pick the manager, let the GM and manager pick the players, and let the manager manage those players.

On accountability for the struggles this season: “The lack of success that we endured during this terrible 2012 season is a responsibility that’s shared by a lot of us, including yours truly, including Ben Cherington and our baseball operations department, including John Henry and Tom Werner representing our ownership. There were enough misjudgments and problems that developed that there’s plenty of accountability to pass around.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 07, 2012 at 08:36 AM | 8 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. RMc is a fine piece of cheese Posted: October 07, 2012 at 08:44 AM (#4257600)
Bill James for GM!
   2. RB in NYC (Now Semi-Retired from BBTF) Posted: October 07, 2012 at 10:27 AM (#4257625)
I'm guessing Bill wants no part of that job, for dozens of reasons.
   3. Tripon Posted: October 07, 2012 at 10:41 AM (#4257635)
Lucchino should have fired himself.
   4. villageidiom Posted: October 07, 2012 at 10:46 AM (#4257638)
As part of the myriad changes... Let's end the sellout streak.

To the extent that the front office made personnel moves for marketing reasons, it has harmed the team. The front office needs to maximize revenue, and I've no problem with that. But how many times had the team, in 2012, simply gave away tickets to keep the sellout streak alive? That's not maximizing revenue; it's merely trying to hide the fact that they are no longer doing as good a job at maximizing revenue. Keeping the streak on life support is nothing more than marketing to hide the failure of marketing.

The team has shown they will conduct a giveaway to cover a shortfall of a few thousand tickets, so to end the streak the fans would need to ensure the shortfall is too great to overcome by dubious means. It might take a concerted effort not to buy tickets for a specific game.

I designate Friday, April 12 as the date to end the streak. Their opening home series is against the Orioles, and if Red Sox fans make a concerted effort not to buy tickets for that series it wouldn't surprise me if Orioles fans snap them up. Boston fans haven't been shy about taking advantage of the relatively short trip between Boston and Baltimore, and I'm pretty sure all transportation goes both ways. April 12, however, is the start of their next home series, against the Rays. Rays fans don't even show up at the Trop, so that date is probably the best bet for a lack of demand from Boston fans to remain an unmet demand.

It appears that the streak ending on that date would put it a few games shy of 800 consecutive sellouts. Round numbers do not justify extending it. There will always be an excuse for extending it further. "Hey, let's get to 800!" "Hey, 810 is ten full seasons' worth of games!" "Hey, 856 is the number of walks Roger Clemens gave up with the Red Sox, so let's match that!" The team needs fewer excuses for fan interest and loyalty besides whatever sales gimmick the team can conjure to keep the streak alive. The quality of the team is the only excuse they need. If the streak ends, they will have fewer excuses, and one more reason to focus energy on improving the team.

I'd encourage any Red Sox fans to buy tickets to see the team any time in 2013, but not for that game.
   5. boteman is not here 'til October Posted: October 07, 2012 at 10:51 AM (#4257642)
I just want to compliment whomever on the proper "myriad changes" rather than the often misused "myriad of changes". Whether the writer cleaned it up or Lucchino himself used it, I'm impressed.
   6. Avoid running at all times.-S. Paige Posted: October 07, 2012 at 11:33 AM (#4257661)
I wonder if "myriad" has always been so often misused. The fact that it's a quantifying term and it has a hard consonant sound at the end practically begs for a preposition after it. It's hard not to think the second or third person who used the term after it was introduced didn't mess it up.
   7. Mayor Blomberg Posted: October 07, 2012 at 11:54 AM (#4257680)
"Recent criticism of the use of myriad as a noun, both in the plural form myriads and in the phrase a myriad of, seems to reflect a mistaken belief that the word was originally and is still properly only an adjective. As the entries here show, however, the noun is in fact the older form, dating to the 16th century. The noun myriad has appeared in the works of such writers as Milton (plural myriads) and Thoreau (a myriad of), and it continues to occur frequently in reputable English. There is no reason to avoid it."

Merriam-Webster
   8. bob gee Posted: October 07, 2012 at 12:53 PM (#4257757)
get lucchino out, and go from there.

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