Originally Posted by Goose
Sparky got fired because his pitching went to hell. Trading Perez for the crap sandwich of Woodie Fryman and Dale Murray killed them. Driessen was a fine replacement, and Perez was my favorite Red.
Well, Driessen batted .250 with 16 hrs and 70 rbi...if you call that a fine replacement we'll have to agree to disagree.
And Bench took 40 games off, Chief missed 40 and Joe missed 30, batting .236 when he did play.
The pitching WAS horrible...I'll give you that. but it was never the team's strength. Gullett and Nolan were the 2 best pitchers during the machine age and one or the other was almost constantly on the DL.