View Full Version : To Close the Book on Manuel

09-19-2003, 11:38 AM
Last night likely ended the Jerry Manuel era, and it is fitting because the problems with his entire managerial tenure were summed up in the the way this one game played out.

Prior to the game, Manuel held a closed door team meeting stressing the importance of the evening's contest and the need for patience in the way the hitters approached their at bats.

The entire night the Sox hitters exhibited no patience at the plate, particularly in the 8th when the most productive part of the Sox Lineup (Lee, Thomas, Ordonez) were retired on five total pitches.

You must fault the players for thier failure in execution. They are the ones that need to get the job done. But it is the manager's job to manage the 27 outs his offense is given, and to find the most effective way to put 27 outs on the opposition.

But you cannot manage the 27 offensive outs if your players do not respect your authority.

The clear insubordination exhibited by the lineup to Manuel's calls for patience at the plate are the clearest indicator of this team's overall lack of respect for Manuel and his ability to lead. Coupled with Manuel's poor ability to manage the 27 defensive outs illustrated by his questionable bullpen strategy.

Since 2000, this team has always had talent - but it has always lacked leadership. The closest thing to a leader this team had in 2003 was Carl Everett. That is pitiful.

In the upcoming quest for a new manager, I implore the organization to put two qualifications above "will work cheap":

1. Has won a Championship at the Major League level (either as a player or a manager).
The one thing that no player on the Sox has (sans Robbie Alomar)is a ring. Therefore none of them are qualified to second guess a manager who knows what it takes to win at the Major League level and has experienced it first hand. Manuel was never qualified in this regard.

2. Leads by example and breeds confidence in ability.
What the Sox have also lacked is intensity in how they have approached the game - that is a direct reflection on Manuel. His attitude toward winning and losing has been - "you're gonna win 60 and you're gonna lose 60, it what's you do with the other 42 that makes your season". That is not a winning attitude. It should be: "Our Magic Number is 102, that's what we need, let's go get it". In addition, bringing confidence to the players in the flow of the game by managing through a combination of feel, intellegence, and statistic. Manuel never exhibited he was in the flow of the game, or the season for that matter. He primarily managed by a set of standard operating procedures so complex that it led to frequent tinkering and overall inconsistency.

Case in point - the Paniagua debacle. You have your closest division rival on the ropes in a dominating 8-2 performance. The experiment to look at Paniagua is understood - you need to see what you have in the guy - but not in a series that big. His lack of ability gave the Twins life. Say what you will - it clearly carried over. The Twins won five straight after that. Managerially, that is an illustration of not being in the moment - of not being in the game.

Au revoir Jerry, enjoy the fresh air of Sacramento. Because you stink.

Sorry for the long post.

09-19-2003, 12:33 PM
Don't apologize for the long post - every word of it is nothing but the truth.

duke of dorwood
09-19-2003, 12:46 PM
And it looked like Carlos Lee sent in Harris to PR in the 9th inning

09-19-2003, 12:51 PM
Originally posted by duke of dorwood
And it looked like Carlos Lee sent in Harris to PR in the 9th inning

Sure did!!! :smile: