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Friday, October 21, 2016

The Post Mortem Concludes - Not Players

Last and certainly not least let’s look at the non-player portion of things.

John Farrell and the Coaching Staff – I think it is a safe assumption that you have an opinion on John Farrell, everyone seems to and none of them are half and half.  I am admittedly a fan of Farrell for a couple of key reasons;

1. I think he deserves credit for the development of young players.  Between Bradley in 2013 and Shaw and Benintendi this year he has shown a willingness to shove a kid into the lineup.  Additionally with Bradley and Bogaerts in 2014 he rode bad stretches with these guys.

2. This is my theory alone and it may be bunk but I think finding a lousy manager is a heck of a lot easier than finding a good one.  Farrell has his flaws but I think the Sox are more likely to hire Bobby Valentine than Terry Francona not due to any organizational incompetence because that is what is out there.

He gets credit from a lot of sources for his off field management of players.  I think the Clay Buchholz situation is one that could have blown up and Pablo Sandoval never complained when losing his job to Shaw.  Those situations lend credence to those reports in my opinion.  Generally my feeling is that Farrell may not be great but he is not so bad that he is an addition by subtraction.  I would not force him out and expect improvement.  On top of that, the Sox won 93 games this year.  If you feel he did a poor job I’d be interested in what you think this team should have done.

I think the coaching staff on the whole deserves a lot of credit.  The resurrection of Clay Buchholz, the improvements of Jackie Bradley and Sandy Leon, the defense of Hanley Ramirez…these are just a few areas where I think it is likely that the coaches had an impact.

Dave Dombrowski and the Front Office – What a weird year.  I think all in all most people would say “hey, first place, proven track record, what a great job!”  But, all his key moves I think proved disappointing.  Price and Kimbrel underperformed and came at great cost both financially and in terms of players.  The Carson Smith trade wound up being a bust for both teams.

His mid-season acquisition of Fernando Abad had little cost (Pat Light) but also had little benefit.  At the same time Drew Pomeranz had both substantial cost (Anderson Espinoza) and little benefit.  Basically his two big moves that worked were a ROOGY (Brad Ziegler) and a platoon outfielder (Chris Young).

With all that said I like what he has done.  It should not be overlooked that he nailed the draft landing Jason Groome and sometimes just standing pat is the way to go.  Rather than punting Buchholz like most of us wanted he kept Clay in the fold to the Sox benefit.

I also liked that he did not screw around.  While the moves did not always work the way he hoped he acted decisively.  Price, Kimbrel, Young, Pomeranz, Ziegler…none of these were last minute moves.  He saw the need, he filled the need.

The rest of the front office can take a bow also. It was a great year for the minors with several improvements.  The system looks deeper than it did a year ago at this time.

Jose is El Absurd Pollo Posted: October 21, 2016 at 09:51 AM | 6 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. villageidiom Posted: October 21, 2016 at 10:43 AM (#5330911)
I think the coaching staff on the whole deserves a lot of credit.  The resurrection of Clay Buchholz, the improvements of Jackie Bradley and Sandy Leon, the defense of Hanley Ramirez…these are just a few areas where I think it is likely that the coaches had an impact.
OMG TEH BASERUNNING. BRIAN BANNISTER VOODOO MASTER. A TRAINING STAFF THAT KEPT THIS GUY ALIVE.

This is a very good coaching staff. It is night and day compared to the Valentine regime.
   2. Dan Posted: October 22, 2016 at 02:53 PM (#5331640)
Somewhat surprised that this post didn't mention losing Hazen and potentially some of the quant guys from the FO following him to Arizona. IMO it's a real concern.
   3. Jose is El Absurd Pollo Posted: October 22, 2016 at 03:00 PM (#5331643)
Honestly I wrote it earlier in the week so that's part of it. I don't really have any thoughts on those moves though. I agree it seems like a concern but I'm not sure why. Front office guys move around all the time. Tippett in particular is a really smart guy but how irreplaceable is he? Likewise Hazen gets good reviews from everyone but is he irreplaceable.

The Sox have lost a lot of FO guys over the years and come out OK. A lot of Theo's guys got GM jobs and the Sox handled it well. It seems to me, and I may be wildly wrong, that the key decision maker (Dombrowski) is still around which is good.

I would expect Lovullo to get the manager job in Arizona. I'd rather not lose him but I wouldn't want to fire Farrell to keep him. It's probably worth noting though that the Francona era Sox had some decline after Brad Mills left Tito's side so I probably shouldn't dismiss the potential loss of Lovullo too much.
   4. Nasty Nate Posted: December 05, 2016 at 06:23 PM (#5362944)
They picked up Farrell's '18 option.
   5. Pat Rapper's Delight (as quoted on MLB Network) Posted: December 05, 2016 at 06:40 PM (#5362952)
Tippett in particular is a really smart guy but how irreplaceable is he?

Diamond Mind Baseball went to hell when Tom sold it. Different world, I know, but still.....

/sadDMBer
   6. Jose is El Absurd Pollo Posted: December 05, 2016 at 09:17 PM (#5362999)
Not surprisingly I am pleased they picked up Farrell's option. I don't look over managers being lame duck,if the season falls apart and the Sox needs to make a move they can afford to eat a year if they must.

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