Re: Rick Sweet no longer managing Louisville
The Sweet change is one of those things that seems surprising without knowing the real story. It is possible that, with Mesoraco expected to stay with the big club, they want Sweet to be able to spend time with him without disrupting the Triple-A coaching staff...and that you will see Sweet in the big league dugout more this season. He also can spend time with Grandal, whose bat is way ahead of his glove.
Pat Kelly spent some time in this role last season before the Billings season started. They may feel that what he did was beneficial enough to keep it going all season and they don't have many ex-catchers in manager or hitting coach roles.
But I think most of all, it gives Sweet a chance to work with Mesoraco in the big leagues, not only on defensive skills but also on calling the game.
I would go out on a limb and say that Sweet would not be doing this if he was not on board with it.
As far as Bell's record in Carolina, forget about it. Won-loss in the minors does not say much about managerial skills. Talent levels vary wildly from team to team. The Reds had a talent void that worked its way up the ladder and they had to try to fill in with free agents in Carolina last season. I have no idea what kind of a manager Bell is, but you can't take anything from the record. To draw a real world comparison, that would be like comparing the gross revenue at two different McDonalds in different cities and drawing a conclusion about the restaurant's GM. One McDonalds might be on State Street in downtown Chicago and the other on some rural highway intersection.
Last edited by redsof72; 12-02-2011 at 10:25 AM.