Importance of the new coaches stepping up
This is a statement of the obvious: it's critical that the new pitching and hitting coaches step up and speak their mind durring games next year. They need to have the hutzpuh to challenge Jerry's in game decisions.
I was generally a supporter of Jerry last year, but that doesn't mean I don't think he can improve or that he walks on water.
Pitching Coach: Has to tell Jerry that Milton (assuming he's here) needs a short leash in the 5th, a shorter leash in the 6th and doesn't pitch in the 7th...ever. Remind Jerry not to run to Ryan Franklin, or whoever the new "toy" is again and again and again....unless he's being effective. He needs to point out when relievers don't have their stuff and to pull them ASAP. He especially needs to stand up to Jerry and not let our horses pitch silly amounts of innings, especially in blow outs (either way).
Hitting Coach: Has to tell Jerry to pick a line up or two and stick with them. While my only position requirements are Dunn 2nd and EE 3rd, he can't let Jerry try to LaRussa every last game with wacky line ups. He needs to stand up and not let Jr hit 3rd if he continues to hit like 2006 (a tough political issue, I admit). He needs to force guys who need extra time in the cage or watching film to do it. Not just a show to keep fans happy, but really force the issue.
I'm not taking any responsibiliy off of Jerry. He's the manager so he's ultimatley responsibile and these are areas where he is weak. But these two key coaches, have a lot more on their plate besides helping players smooth out a kink in their swing or locate their pitches.
If anything, "coaching" Jerry may be even more important.
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I simply don't have access to a "cares about RBI" place in my psyche. There is a "mildly curious about OBI%" alcove just before the acid filled lake guarded by robot snipers with lasers which leads to the "cares about RBI" antechamber though. - Nate
Last edited by Ltlabner; 11-15-2006 at 08:28 PM.