Originally Posted by Wheelhouse
Narron is a real ballplayer's manager. He does really care about his players. I could do with a bit less futzing with the lineup, but he seems to get a lot out of his players. We could do (and have done) worse.
Certainly Narron's strength to date has been getting his players ready to perform. His weakness is deployment. I think the latter undermined the former, at least offensively speaking, late last year. He put too many guys in bad positions and a whole pile of them got out of kilter.
Phillips was one of those players, though Brandon's statement about Narron does speak to Narron's personal abilities. I value that. It was Jack McKeon's strength too. His teams showed up ready to play. It will be interesting to see if Narron's done any personal accounting on his performance last year and whether he's gleaned anything there.