Now, don’t get the idea I don’t like power. During innings one through five, I always wanted to destroy the other team, beat them up so badly they went home crying to Mama that they didn’t want to play anymore. So we’d play for the big inning and try to blow the opposition out of the park. One of the reasons you do that is that almost every club has a big closer, a Mariano Rivera, a Trevor Hoffman. You don’t want to get into a war with those guys because nine times or more out of ten, you’ll lose.
This is a great point, and something that recent Reds managers have not understood.
This team has the firepower to blow teams away early, on occasion, and yet does not take the opportunity to do so. Splitting up the LH and RH hitters, so at the end of the game the opponent will not have too much of an advantage?
That probably undid Jerry Narron more than anything- playing every game for the end of the game- which was the very weakest part of his team. If he had gone for more high powered offensive blow-outs early in the game, he most probably would still be the manager, IMHO.
Sparky Anderson was no bumpkin (even if he was from South Dakota!). He was a genius, in many ways, who understood people, and knew, intuitively, how to get the best out of his players.
He changed the way a bullpen was handled.
He ultimately will be under-rated as a manager, because he had so many HoF players, especially on his Reds teams. But he really did a great job with the Tigers, as well. And Whitaker, Trammell, Evans, Gibson, Morris, Petry, Lemon, Hernandez and Senor Smoke (Lopez), were also excellent ball players.