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Baffling Manuel

What can you say when you go to Atlanta and get scalped? Worse than scalped, actually, the performance the Sox put up was uglier than a mud fence, and it starts at the top. I have always liked the job Jerry Manuel has done, and I credit him with keeping this team from tanking last season completely, but his decisions lately just completely baffle me. He hasn’t used the same line up for two consecutive days since May 25th, and in a clear contradiction of himself his “long term” benching of Royce Clayton amounted to 2 days before he was trotted back out there, some kind of continuity needs to be found, and found soon. I am not calling for Jerry’s head yet, because I believe he is trying to field a winning team, but I think he is trying a little too hard, and needs to step back a little and let the players play the damn game. That being said, the players need to back up the manager a little here and actually play like they want to win, because aside from a couple of them the rest are playing like automatons out there, three heartless and effortless outings in Atlanta says more than anything I could say about it.

On the Subject of Minor League Players

It is now obvious that Willie Harris was called up more to send a message to the current roster than it was for him actually having an effect in the line up, he started one game, that he was ineffective in, and was used as a pinch runner, but was never called on to use on of the best part of his game, his hustle. I don’t know if the message behind his call up was picked up by the rest of the team, I can only hope it was, but it will be a short-lived stay, he will get sent back down, perhaps even before the weekend series with the little bears from the north side. I know a lot of people hope this will mean Joe Crede getting the call up, but I don’t see it happening, I think it will open the door to return Matt Ginter to the bullpen. Does Crede deserve to prove his stuff at this level? Yes he does, but that leaves a five million dollar a year player on the bench every time he starts a game, and that is not going to happen. While we are on the subject of minor league players, both Jon Rauch and Jim Parque have missed starts recently because of arm soreness, neither case related to their respective surgeries, perhaps it is time for the minor league pitching coach director to get to Charlotte and make sure everything is OK? I know Kirk is busy evaluating the recent draft picks that have signed and reported to the short season clubs, but he needs to take care of business at the top end of the system as well.

Darkening Clouds for the 2002 Season

A lot have people have been speculating what moves this team should make, from the people in the print media to the people on this site, none of it is worth a skunks fart in the dark. Bud Selig has gone on record that he will not back down on his agenda as far as revenue sharing and salary restraints are concerned, and he will also not back down on his right to contract the league if he sees fit. Has anyone noticed what Bud is doing? In 2000 Bud eliminated the league presidents, and had the operations of their offices transferred to his office, in 2001 Bud did away with the Umpires union, by waging a labor war he knew he could win, and brought the control of the new umpires union to his office, under his express discretion. Has anyone else noticed a pattern here? Bud has proposed a Luxury Tax on teams that exceed  an unset payroll amount, with the tax payable to his office to be distributed at his discretion. As a hunter I can notice someone that is positioning  for a kill, and Bud is doing exactly that, he has set himself in a good position to weather the storm, and now he is going to force the players to play their hand, and he thinks he is prepared to ride out the storm. Don Fehr is not going to back down, and there is no good reason why he should, Bud and his cohorts have yet to win anything despite everything they do to “fix” the economics of the game. As this is going on a labor stoppage may bring Congress to revoke the anti trust exemption that Bud has been clinging to to help him in his efforts to control the game. A  strike is imminent, and when all is said and done I hope it results in an independent Commissioner of Baseball, for the good of the GAME.

 Well I used to be disgusted, but now I’m just annoyed. 

                                                 DAVER


Dave Schmitt is a life-long resident of the Joliet area, with the exception of two years spent being the only Sox fan in the hell hole known as Baytown Texas, where the trucks are large and the alligators are hungry.  Plumber by trade, hunter by choice, and fisherman 'cause you can’t hunt year round.  Married With Children, and four dogs that are confirmed Sox fans.  The kids have less sense.  You can send email to Daver at daver@whitesoxinteractive.com.

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