Originally Posted by SI1020
Most managers are afraid to go against the "book" to the point of extreme examples like the one above. If a manager had a lefty to face Abreu who then took him deep, that manager would be excoriated. Some would call for his immediate firing. Even if the lefty had previous success against Abreu. Guys like Casey Stengel and Leo Durocher wouldn't get much of a chance in today's game.
You're right. There is a lot of CYA managing that goes on. You see effective right-handed pitchers removed from games at times simply because a left-handed batter has stepped to the plate. Robin Ventura has been guilty of that several times this year, most recently in Baltimore, when he removed Putnam in favor of Downs just because Chris Davis was at the plate.
Downs failed to retire Davis, and was designated for assignment after the Sox blew the lead and lost the game. But, hey, the manager brought in the lefty to face a lefty hitter, and that's what you're supposed to do these days.