Re: What annoys you most?
1) I agree with Traderumor. The way most managers handle bullpens is a joke. I was soooooo sick of Bob Boone last year (of course he was consistent. Not only did he micromanage the bullpen, but everything else as well!). I was hoping for a change from Miley. But noooooo, yank the starter after 5, and go with one pitcher per inning (at a minimum!) from there on out. "Well, we've got so and so to pitch the sixth, and such and such to pitch the seventh, and then we get to our setup guy, and then bring in the closer in the ninth. Isn't there a freakin manager with some imagination? Remember how McKeown handled the Reds bullpen? If a guy was throwing well he'd let him pitch a couple of innings. He didn't have a closer, but used whoever was throwing the best. I miss that guy. I will say this, however; Miley (or ANYONE for that matter) will be a breath of fresh air after Bob Boone. He was the worst.
2) Crashing into a wall, getting hit by a pitch, running into someone in the field. Those are legitimate ways to get injured. But all of these "pulled hammies" and "strained this and thats" are a joke. Guys get hurt running to first base. RUNNING TO FIRST BASE! 90 FEET! What the ? is going on?
3) No imagination when it comes to a batting order. Why, for example, should your cleanup hitter be the guy with the most power? I posted this question a few years back, and the best response I got was "In case you have a runner on with 2 outs in the first inning, then you'll have the best chance to get a 2 run homer". HUH? That is lame. The traditional order (speed at leadoff, a good bat handler second, your best hitter third, etc...) is just that, a tradition.