Re: Whose fault it was....and whose it wasn't
- From: "Dano" <janeanddano@xxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Sun, 2 Oct 2011 12:17:10 -0400
"Wayback1918" wrote in message news:85faa2eb-9866-422d-ba71-02e52ddb2c52@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
On Oct 2, 10:49 am, Aceves-AvilesFan <srgntbi...@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
On Oct 2, 8:08 am, Wayback1918 <wayback1...@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> The five members of the Red Sox most responsible for the team' failure
> to make the playoffs...in order.
> 1. Terry Francona The team laid the blame at the feet of the man
> most responsible.
> From a team not ready to play in April, to a team that wouldn't
> respond to his leadership in September ....and everything in
> between. There were players out of shape and not doing the work
> ….and players disrespecting him in public and questioning his
> decisions in the media.
> The line between manager and player became blurred and he no longer
> could rally his players.
> 2. John Lackey Even a below average performance from Lackey would
> have been enough to get this team in the playoffs. They just couldn’t
> afford for him to be the worst SP in baseball.
> 3. Curt Young All indications are that many of the pitchers did not
> stay in shape during the season. John Farrell was much more forceful
> when it came to pitchers doing their off the field work and I doubt
> the drinking thing would have come up under his management.
> Only the Baltimore Orioles had fewer Quality Starts than the Red Sox
> 4. Theo Epstein He built an outstanding team in the offseason, but
> once the year began he failed to respond as problems occurred. The
> Matsuzaka and Buchholz injuries happened early enough for him to do
> something, but his decision that Miller, Wakefield, Doubront and
> Weiland would be good enough, really wound up as a huge mistake.
> He had a right to expect more out of Carl Crawford but the player
> really doesn’t seem to fit. Right from the start the team didn’t know
> where to even put him in the line-up. He doesn’t get on base enough
> to be a table-setter and he doesn’t have the power to hit in the
> “Giant Part of the Order”. If it was his contract that prevented Theo
> from going out and getting more starting pitching then the GM could
> move up on this list.
> 5. Tie Everyone in September except Ellsbury, Scutaro, McDonald,
> Pedroia, Aviles and Aceves.
> Imagine, after taking 5 out of 7 from the RedSox in the last 2 weeks
> of the year, the 69-93 Orioles went home feeling better about
> themselves than home team did.
> The five members of the Red Sox least responsible for the team'
> failure to make the playoffs...in order.
> 5. Ron Johnson A stand out among Red Sox coaches. As far as I can
> tell he didn’t drop a batting glove, elbow pad or shin guard all year.
> 4. Scutaro Better than Jeter for the second year in a row.
> 3. Aceves Incredible performance.
> 2. Pedroia Until Ellsbury's September he was my pick for the team
> (and league) MVP.
> 1. Ellsbury The promise of 2007 realized. The Red Sox thought they
> had solved their lead off spot for a long time when Ellsbury came
> up. Unfortunately Jacoby is no longer a leadoff hitter….he’s a #3.
I wouldn't argue strongly against your choices but near the top from
my point of view would be:
Varitek - "The Captain" who apparently did nothing to right the ship.
Crawford - who underachieved without good reason ( at least Lackey has
some reasons )
The new pitching coach - who screwed up the good staff he was handed.
The scouting / prospect evaluators who wouldn't know a great find if
they tripped over it and therefore resulted in a need to try and buy
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I didn't put Crawford on there because I thought there was enough
offense anyway....but if I went to a sixth reason it would probably be
Whatever Crawford's problems were on offense...I might have been more disappointed with his defense. Particularly in certain important moments. I seriously question his hustle...or more importantly...lack of it. This was supposed to be a top flight defense in the outfield. It was far from that...and Carl deserves as much blame for that as anyone. I don't think he ever conquered that wall out there.
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