"This isnít stats vs scouts - this is stats and scouts working together, building an organization that blends the best of both worlds. This is the blueprint for how a baseball organization should be run. And, whether the baseball men of the 20th century like it or not, this is where baseball is going."---Dave Cameron, U.S.S. Mariner
8th inning, 2-1 Wash lead the other night in an eventual Nats loss. Davey J at the helm. According to rotoworld, Harper also attempted a sacrifice in another AB the same night.
D Span doubled to shallow left. 2 1
B Harper sacrificed to pitcher, D Span to third. 2 1
R Zimmerman intentionally walked. 2 1
A LaRoche struck out looking. 2 1
J Machi relieved J Lopez. 2 1
I Desmond grounded out to pitcher. 2 1
Terry Francona has not yet been mentioned in this thread. His last season in Boston certainly lead to his getting a bit tarnished but this could be eased if Cleveland can maintain its early successes. I remember him as a manager like Dusty who would give him players a lot of slack in terms of working their way out of slumps early in the season. I remember this happening with Damon and Millar in particular. I don't remember what his reputation was like for in-game tactics however other than he was not Grady Little.
I could have sworn that I replied to this thread mentioning Francona, but apparently I imagined that.
Agree to everything klw said, and I'd add that the success the Indians are having is in large part due to Francona.
And Stubbs...okay, maybe not Stubbs.
http://www.masslive.com/sports/index...y_to_keep.htmlThe 2010 Boston Red Sox season opened with David Ortiz batting fifth, Adrian Beltre sixth and J.D. Drew seventh in the order.
Manager Terry Francona wrestled all spring with whether to protect Ortiz in the order by batting Drew right behind him.
Francona said Sunday the Game 1 lineup is not set in stone.
"We'll see. We're trying to strike a balance, not just with the (opposing) starter but with the bullpen,'' Francona said.
"We'd like to keep (the left-handed hitters) separated if possible. We'll see.''
Not Bochey... his white eyelashes bother me. At least color them, other wise, I'd be all.... LOOK AT YOUR WHITE EYELASHES.
Rounding third and heading for home...
"I prefer books and movies where the conflict isn't of the extreme cannibal apocalypse variety I guess." Redsfaithful
Has Joe Girardi garnered a mention yet? I know it's not fashionable or the cool thing to do to pick a Yankees manager, but he's done an incredible job this year leading a group of cast-offs and wash-ups to first place. And don't forget about the job he did in south Florida before ever going to New York. Anyone that can manage to lug the Marlins to respectability with that joke of an owner running the ship deserves a gold medal, not just a Manager of the Year award.