ROC AllStars wrote:I think Kemp will be the starter for the bulk of the year. As soon as he starts hitting, Torre will keep him in. The only problem with this strategy, which makes me lose quite a bit of respect for Torre, is that Kemp CANT start hitting if he's not seeing pitches everyday. A player can't break out of a funk by pinch hitting every other day.
My point exactly. Well said.
ROC AllStars wrote:IOn Torre, remember that Fidel Castro could have managed the Yankees to almost as many wins as he did. With a limitless supply of money providing a nearly limitless supply of talent, anyone can be a competent major league manager. Its like Leo Mazzone. We hailed him as a genius for 15 years in Atlanta. But when you have Glavine, Maddux and Smoltz as your 1-2-3 guys, they're the real genius's, and your the guy sitting on the bench telling them what a great job they're doing.
I can only agree partially with this. I think Torre is a great manager, in terms of how he handles his players (present situation excluded). i think this played a big role in the success of the Yankees during his time there. Regardless of the talent level, if you don't have the guy at the top steering the ship, chances are you'll still hit the rocks.
As for Mazzone, I agree that when you have guys like the Braves' "Young Guns" of the eraly nineties, it doesn't take a brain surgeon to make it work. But as I said with Torre, I would still argue that you have to have the right guy to bring it all together. Mazzone and Cox are those guys.
Man, I was wishing the Braves would rehire Mazonne this year. There would have been a nice symmetry to that, with Glavine coming back as well (and Javy Lopez, for that matter, before the Braves cut him in spring training.)