View Full Version : I thought this was all in the past...

09-04-2001, 08:04 PM
From ESPN:

No team in recent memory has burned more midnight oil examining the full range of possibilities than the 2000 Chicago White Sox, who saw all the preparation go down the drain when they were swept by Seattle in the first round. Perhaps they should have focused on getting Frank Thomas, Magglio Ordonez and Carlos Lee ready -- they were a nifty 3-for-31 against the Mariners -- rather than sweating the small stuff, like who could pinch run or serve as a defensive replacement.

Cruising into September with a seven-game division lead, the Sox spent the final month of the season as if preparing for a beachfront invasion, not Game No. 163 of the season. On Aug. 31, they promoted catcher Josh Paul and pitcher Matt Ginter from Triple-A, making them playoff-eligible the old-fashioned way.

Yet it was nevertheless shocking when they dropped backup catcher Mark Johnson for Paul on the morning of the opener against Seattle. Johnson, an unselfish receiver who works well with pitchers, had been on the roster all season but general manager Ron Schueler gave his job to the untested Paul because he runs better.

The Sox also picked outfielder McKay Christensen over veteran third baseman Greg Norton. While Christensen hadn't been promoted from Triple-A until Sept. 5, he could be placed on the playoff roster because fellow outfielder Brian Simmons had been on the DL all season.

It's an understatement to say the micromanaging backfired. Because Paul was on the roster, Jerry Manuel pinch ran for catcher Charles Johnson in the ninth inning of Game 1. That move left the inexperienced Paul catching Keith Foulke when Edgar Martinez hit the game-winning homer in the 10th. A less tangible effect of the Mark Johnson snub was management shattering the trust of its players, which may have carried over to spring training and a 14-29 start in '01.

charlie browned
09-04-2001, 08:27 PM
Agree with the gist of the article---management decisions were at fault in the playoffs.

But, as in marital disagreements, the cardinal rule (not the cubs rule) is to never argue about past arguments.

But that's what Reinsdorf and Kenny W. count on each year....