Originally Posted by amsteel
Since 1979 when every non interim manager has managed/coached at some level of the ML system before being named Sox skipper.
And Ventura played how many seasons in the big leagues? Let's not pretend he hasn't been around the game long enough to know what's going on.
The main problem I have with Ventura is his management of the pitching staff. Several folks around here have assured me that Cooper is really the one pulling the strings with the pitchers anyway, and he has plenty of experience. So maybe I should be directing my criticisms toward the pitching coach.
I know, I know. People need a head. Maybe I should just bow out of this discussion. But I just think it is criminally stupid to believe Ventura was hired as a marketing ploy to placate fans. If you believe that, you also have to believe the Sox felt they had no chance to contend either last year or this year. I completely disagree with that. I think they felt they could win coming into last year, and frankly, they should have won. I think they felt they could win coming into this year, and obviously, they were wrong. Now, they are quite rightfully changing course.