How articulate and orignial on your criticism of McKeon?
Or you could bring in Jack McKeon and watch him sit on his hands and sleep at the helm
. Beat a dead horse with that routine but face the facts that the 99 team with no where near this talent level exceeded expectations and finished the season 30 games over .500. Redschmo indicated that he was not great, I agree, but his style, although laidback, got results. Minus the veterans (Larkin and Vaughn), McKeon had a great relationship with all the kids and they mostly had career years. Was this by coincidence or just his positive style with the kids was enabling? I would not want McKeon back nor would he ever want to come back but there are a few reasons why this team has not performed well.
b. Lack of leadership from Bowden, and a few veterans.
c. Expectations from some which lead to pressure and failure
d. Pitching is very weak and has been for last 5 years.
e. Individuals vs team concept
On the same subject, who are the "great managers" and what makes them so great. Just remember, Joe Torre was a horrible manager with a sub .500 record prior to managing the Yankees. Do you think he changed or the players were different?