Originally Posted by forfreelin04
It's that he actually thinks of it like Little League. It's not that CF and SS bat 1st and 2nd. It's that Phillips can't be moved from the 4th hole or Votto 3rd etc. If you jumble the lineup, your messing with the dude's groove. Votto is used to hitting behind Cabrera, Stubbs is used to leading off. It sounds asinine but I really think it might have something to do with it. It plays into Dusty's overvaluation of player tendencies.
I agree with this 100%. While us saber folk are often derided for treating players like robots, Dusty essentially errs in the exact opposite way. Dusty is a self-described player's manager who's (seemingly) #1 priority is keeping his guys happy.
He'll constantly describe how guys feel or what they like to justify decisions, as opposed to how they actually play. And he'll often refer back to his own playing days to defend himself. Dusty, as a player, liked certain things. He like having a distinct role so knew exactly what was expected of him. As a manager, he has not evolved his thinking beyond that. He manages like he's the captain of the team.
CF/leadoff is a fixed "role" on a Dusty team. SS/2-hole is another role. Unless he's forced to, he sticks with these archetypes, even when his talent doesn't fit it. He'll even go so far as to suggest those players adopt the approach of the archetypal player rather than one which maximizes their own strengths.