Re: Is the rudder of the ship broken?
Good analysis, BRM13, but I'd dispute, mildly, one point. EE's problems certainly are not the primary reason the team is bad, but it's always a priority problem when a player is allowed to play a position for several years when everybody on the team--probably including EE himself--knows he can't play it adequately. It undermines the team's morale, its respect for itself; in the case of an infielder, it is particularly hard on the pitchers. I'd be more than willing to guess, in fact, that if this team had an absolutely fierce competitor among its pitchers, a Clemens say, EE would have been gone some time ago, at least he'd have been off 3b.