CadensDad wrote:Not a big deal? "Hm, we are 1-10 and our best player is 5 minutes late after doing something we asked him to do. So lets fine him and bench him. that will prove how strong we are."
Sorry but it doesn't make any sense to bench and fine the only guy hitting on your team.
It makes sense to me when you're trying to change the culture of a franchise, especially after you just demoted one of your best players partly due to attitude issues. How would it look if they said, "OK, Elijah, you've gotten a few hits lately, so we'll let it slide. But, Willingham, you're in a slump, so we'll fine your butt if you're late!"?
You've got to start somewhere. These are the types of things that helped turn Tampa Bay around. Ironically, getting rid of Dukes and Delmon helped change the culture there and that's the first step to winning. Besides, it's not like one game and a $500 fine is a very severe punishment, but just enough to reinforce their message. Seems like a good move to me (as long as the demotion threat is overblown, which I think it is).