Re: The Value of Good Coaching
Originally Posted by Scrap Irony
There are many posters on Redszone who ascribe to the notion that a manager's usefulness is virtually nil. If a manager is the top coach, so to speak, how can coaches be viewed as anything other than useless (or close to it) for those posters?
(BTW, I'm very numbers-oriented, but woy's right. There have been a ton of people in the sabre community and those who ascribe to the sabre approach over the past decade that poo-pooh traditional coach'em-ups as little more than cheerleaders.)
I've seen saber-types pooh pooh the notion that when player A tweeks his kinetical aura and pitches an awesome game that player A 's tweak redefines true skill.... and the saber types are right.
Alot of the media-written narratives are nothing more than trying to make a pattern out of randomness.
But I have yet to see credible people in the saber community argue that coaches are unimportant. If anything, i've seen them argue that its impossible to critique a coach emperically because we actually don't have much of a clue what a given coach actually does as part of his job. If anything there is a prevailing notion that largely like managers, most coaches are fairly interchangeable on the major league level and it's appropriate to ignore the effect that coaches and managers have on player performance because it tends to all be a wash.
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