Yoda wrote:Leyland is a horrible manager though.
I agree somewhat, especially this season. IMO, his biggest mistake has been taking away Thames' PT and giving it to Joyce, Sheffield, or whoever else he can possibly put in LF three times a week. They could at least have plugged him into the DH spot when Joyce was in LF, or vice versa. Thames was just past the peak of his run when he started to lose time (still productive though) and I think it messes up his confidence....especially when it's happened for the better part of the last three years.
His handling of the pitching staff has undoubtedly been questionable too. Doesn't help that not one pitcher on the team can stay consistent for more than two or three appearances though.
The only thing, however, is all the ego in the clubhouse. It's gotta be hard to control a team when your "leader" (Pudge) asks for a trade in the middle of the season, less than a year after they handed him a $13 million gift. Then you have Sheffield, who continues to get almost full time at the plate, has done nothing with it, and whines about his role. Attitudes like that can really ruin a clubhouse, especially when it's coming from veteran players who are supposed to lead by example.