Tuesday, May 24, 2005


... I don't understand our manager.

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I know Frankie has said that he manages "by his gut." And in a way, unlike some people, I can buy that explanation for some things. I do believe that not everything is numbers. Baseball is played by human beings, who are more complicated than mere statistics.

But some things defy explanation. The boys at Oleanders and Morning Glories had a great post yesterday morning. They pointed out that Frank said this about Vargas' bad last two starts:

“Everybody is trying to win today, and this year,” Robinson said. “Too much emphasis is put on winning. You have to teach and develop, even at this level. If you have the talent, you’re going to win your share of ball games. That’s why you have to stick with a guy like Vargas. You can’t give him just one or two starts and then pull him out because then the guy is in a bad mental state.”

Fair enough, Frank. But as OMG points out, this leads to a number of questions. First, why does Vargas get another chance, while Ohka and Day head to the bullpen after consecutive poor outings? Why does Ryan Church, who's incredibly hot at the plate, not get his own chance to "develop" as an everyday player? Instead, against left-handed starters, Church gives way to washed-up veterans like Hammonds or shaky fielders like Blanco. Why does Endy Chavez get traded for sucking, while Guzman continues to play every day?

It doesn't make any sense. I really hope he knows something the rest of us don't, but I'll believe that when I see it.


Blogger El Gran Color Naranja said...

I have a fear. A fear that we're winning in spite of Frank. That if he was fired mid-season, and our record could be worse after it, even with better managing. Then we have to face an offseason of "we were unfair to Frank" columns in the local papers.

My hope (other than making the playoffs) is that we settle around .500 for the year. Frank gets the heave-ho from new owners, and along with a one or two impact players we get a new manager. Where's Davey Johnson now?

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