Can he pitch?
Some people play baseball. Baseball plays Jay Bruce.
Thanks for posting that, Chip. It was a good read.
His answer to the Larkin question was interesting. It's almost like Jack went out of his way to say as little as possible about him.
Certainly cements in my head the notion that Jack is not the manager or type of manager the Reds should be looking to now. "Getting out of the way so the players can play" is not the solution for the current woes.
Thanks Chip - great article.
"I came here to kick ass and chew bubble gum... and I'm all out of bubble gum."
- - Rowdy Roddy Piper
"It takes a big man to admit when he is wrong. I am not a big man"
- - Fletch
Popping the bubble eh?
DL: Was your 1999 Cincinnati team as good as your championship Marlins team?
JM: The chemistry was entirely different. We had a good ballclub in '99, but we didn’t have the same tremendous desire to win--everybody playing as a unit. Don't get me wrong, we had good players. We probably had as good, if not better, players than we did in Florida. But we didn’t seem to have the same type of "coming together" like we did in Florida.
Thanks Chip-I enjoyed the article. I was never a big McKeon fan, but he came across as a better and smarter guy than I had given him credit for.
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"Show me a good loser, and I'll show you a loser."
DL: Is Barry Larkin the best player youíve managed thatís not in the Hall of Fame?
JM: Well, he was a very good player. But when you look at guys I managed, like Jim Kaat--Kaat definitely belongs in the Hall of Fame. He has more wins than a lot of guys who are in. Tony Oliva is another. Thatís two, but Larkin is right in there.
Tim McCarver: Baseball Quotes
I remember one time going out to the mound to talk with Bob Gibson. He told me to get back behind the batter, that the only thing I knew about pitching was that it was hard to hit.
"Well, he was a very good player. But..."
To me that part of the answer spoke volumes. The fact that it took him two more sentences to get around to the part of the quote that you bolded struck me as significant. It could be that he didn't want to slight the other players he mentioned. We'll probably never really know.
Marge loved cigars? Not a total shock, but.... gad.
Pay attention to the open sky
However, "Getting out of the way and letting the guys play" is not a big part of McKeon's game, IMO. Jack is being quite modest in the article. His philosophy runs more along the lines of "If you dont produce, you'll park your ass on the bench or on somebody else's bench". He was more like Sparky Anderson in that he was a "My Way Or The Highway" kind of guy.
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He also could handle a BP pretty darn well.He was more like Sparky Anderson in that he was a "My Way Or The Highway" kind of guy.