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.
"Afraid" is probably the right word to use in this case. Neither Stengal nor Durocher would have cared one whit what anybody
thought of any move they made... quite rightly. Anybody with a computer and stats thinks
they are a manager today.