Originally Posted by registerthis
The fact that there are no rules against it doesn't mean it's a common practice, or an easy decision for a manager to make. It's the same as pulling a hockey goalie when he's having an off night--it's frequently a necessity, but it doesn't mean the coach enjoys doing it.
IMO, that would be one of the toughest decisions to make as a manager. You know he had to be thinking about it before the inning started, but once the inning started, and went the way it did, he had to be torn. You never want to embarrass one of your own players, never. He had to, though. I've always had a lot of respect for Frank Robinson, as a player probably moreso than a manager. But, I have a lot more respect for him now, as a person, than ever before. Really a tough situation for him, and you could see the pain it caused him. BTW, Matt LeCroy didn't seem to even care. He knew he wasn't performing and understood the decision.