Since the Piniella fantasies and their various offshoots seem to have sprouted again in recent weeks, I found it interesting to read this notebook in the Milwaukee paper today. From my observations in big-league clubhouses, I'd say Yost's opinions are dead on.
As much as fans might enjoy the idea of fire and brimstone, I just don't know that it works in modern baseball. The length of the baseball season is what differentiates it from every other sport -- playing virtually every day from the first of March through the first of October, with a couple weeks of practices before that. It's the ultimate grind, and players will tune out a shrill, overbearing manager/coach in a hurry.
The biggest part of a manager's job -- one that takes place almost entirely out of the public eye -- is managing the personalities in the clubhouse. That's not just maintaining team chemistry but also keeping tabs on when someone might be fighting through or trying to hide an injury or simply needs a day off to recharge. The three hours Jerry Narron spends in the dugout each day represents only a fraction of the time he actually puts in at the ballpark.
Anyway, as I said, I think Yost makes some very good points. And even though the Brewers have gone in the tank lately, I don't know that many other managers would have been able to squeeze more out of that group the last couple of years.