Re: The Value of Good Coaching
Maybe there is a flaw in attempting to link a manager's value to wins (or losses). From a sabremetric point of view, it makes sense to try to attach a number in order to value this sort of thing, but the concensus is that it is unquantifiable. This suggests to me that wins trickle down from a coach's influence & input rather than directly result from them. Granted that in-game managerial decisions have thier direct effects, there are too many "unquantifiables" inherent in today's sport. Some are in-game, like how Arroyo isn't shy to letting Dusty know he's gassed. Does he do the same with a hot-head manager? IMO it shows a lot of respect. Just how much? It's unquantifiable.
Does Cueto shake his head at any other manager who's approaching the mound, confident he can pitch his way out of the inning? To me it shows trust.
Scott Rolen had a great 2nd half in 2012. Many wanted him to retire by the ASB. Other managers would have benched him. But Scott Rolen doesn't have a great 2nd half if Dusty doesn't play him as often as he did. To me this shows faith in experience.
Some other "unquantifiables" may come in the clubhouse. IIRC, Dusty took a shine to Frazier earlier this year and they spent quite a bit of one-on-one time together. Dusty gave him an autographed Frank Sinatra photo at one point. Frazier also had a ROY-caliber season, possibly because someone helped him acclimate to the big leagues. To me this shows leadership, guidance, mentorship.
Does Dusty use the same toothpick or does he go through a box every series? We'll never know.
These unquantifiables alone don't mean too much on an athletic field. But when you bundle them up into one person who also sets the lineups and rotations, make substitutions, etc. it garners results. 99 of them in 2012 to be exact.
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Last edited by MrRedLegger; 11-20-2012 at 08:56 PM.