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Posts posted by mmmmmbeeer

  1. I just don't see Menechino being the problem.  These are Major League hitters....they don't need to be told to be more selective, they should know it.  I refuse to believe he hasn't already highlighted the need to take more pitches to most of this roster.

    Not only is the whole team struggling to hit, they look lackadaisical and are making bad mistakes on the defensive side of the ball, too.

    Our performance on both O and D is a LaRussa problem, not a Menechino problem.  They look like a team with zero sense of direction and lacking motivation.  What's interesting is we don't see any indication that the clubhouse chemistry is bad between players.  They seem to get along fine.  I think they've just collectively decided to half-ass it as a performative protest of their owner sticking them with an 80yo manager.  They tried giving it a chance last season and quickly realized that it's just not going to work....I think they absolutely know that their manager is costing them games.  When you bust your ass only to know that the old fuck with the transition lenses will eventually make a decision to render your effort moot, what's the point?

  2. Just now, Balta1701 said:

    None of those were added when he first came on board? Lance Lynn was added in his 9th season? 

    Considering we were in a rebuild for most of those 9 years, he wasn't exactly tasked with making moves for impact players.

    My point was, whether you agree or not, this past offseason seems awfully reminiscent of a former GM who caught lightning in a bottle by signing a plethora of smaller pieces in a competitive window instead of going after impact players like Hahn did pre-rebuild.

  3. Think back to when Hahn first came onboard.  He made some big trades, targeted higher profile players, and was considered one of the best GMs in the league.  Granted, not all of those trades and signings worked out, but this piecemeal roster construction is relatively new.

    You know who else used to make these piecemeal moves, won a WS as a result, and is still in this organization?  Hmmmm.....

  4. Apparently I've missed the whole history with Ron and Abreu, but he's really not far off with this take.  It was pointed out on this very site that Abreu made some surprising, uncharacteristic comments this past offseason intimating he may not finish in Chicago and he may be losing some passion for the game.

    He 100% looks like a guy who has lost passion.  I'm very hopeful he can come back around but this reminds me very much of 2013 Konerko...dude just fell off a cliff in production.  We kept waiting and waiting for him to find his groove and it just never happened.  Came back the next season, still couldn't hit, and retired.  

    Much like Konerko, Abreu isn't going to ask to be dropped in the order or get more rest.  TLR is going to have to have a difficult conversation with Jose if he is still scuffling in the middle of June....a competitive team can't afford so little production out of a spot in the top half of the lineup.  

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  5. 29 minutes ago, chitownsportsfan said:

    At most a manager might make a 2 game difference tactically over the course of a season. 

    Balta had a running count last season.  I think he quit tracking it after like 7-8 games blown directly by poor TLR decisions.

    And the line-ups he's running out there?  Are you saying he doesn't take any of the blame today for starting 6 guys who can't hit?  Five of the six hovering between .165-.205?  

    When other teams' announcers or MLB commentators are shocked by the poor moves your manager is making, it's a problem.  A major problem.

    Are the players underperforming?  Absolutely.  That tends to happen when a team quits on their manager/coach.

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  6. 22 minutes ago, ChiSox59 said:

    His coaches aren’t going to say he looks bad. 

    Kelly raved about Cueto's stuff.  Said that his numbers weren't bad due to stuff, but rather the AAA umps being unable to deal with the movement on his pitches.  Take it for what it's worth....

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  7. Right or wrong, I'm always suspicious of these sorts of lawsuits filed by pissed off former employees.  Especially in a case like this where we, as fans, know damn well that his dismissal was perfectly justified on performance alone.  Been in the corporate world a long time and there are some REALLY scornful people out there who go after former employers with a vengeance hoping to get a settlement before they actually have to prove anything.

  8. 3 minutes ago, ShoeLessRob said:

    When do we accept that this is just who they are? I’m tired of the “warm weather” narrative, won’t the other teams also hit better in warmer weather? 

    Other teams have been in warm weather.  It's different just visiting town and you run into a cold series than it is every damn game, a month into the season, has been cold.  These dudes have been given zero opportunity to loosen up over the course of a warm weather series.

  9. Look forward to how this offense looks on the next homestand, our first series OF THE SEASON with game time temps over 65.  I know the cold is a shitty excuse but I just can't help to think these dudes are sick and tired of being cold every damn game.  For anyone who has played baseball, playing in the cold, especially hitting, fucking sucks.  It's not fun, the ball doesn't carry, and the wind/dryness makes your eyes water while waiting for a pitch.  

  10. 2 hours ago, ChiSox59 said:

    Cueto threw only 60 some pitches on Fri and TLR said he needs 1-2 more starts. While I would have pitched him more Fri and made the change next start, I don’t think we’ll be so lucky. 

    60-70 pitches from an unstretched Cueto can certainly be no worse than 85 pitches from a fully stretched Dallas Keuchel.  

  11. 12 hours ago, chw42 said:

    It makes me think there's definitely a war within the org about Leury and his spot in the lineup. Steve is definitely plugged in. 

    I believe it goes well beyond Leury, though he may be the most glaring issue.  Vaughn's usage, or lack thereof, is certainly pissing Hahn off.

    I'll say this, if you were to ask me what a team that just had a blowup in the clubhouse before a game would look like on the field, it was most definitely that game 1 in Cleveland.  I was literally watching that game and wondering to myself which player got caught fucking which other player's wife?  It was THAT pronounced, imo.  

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  12. 26 minutes ago, HOFHurt35 said:

    As Jose Abreu goes, this team goes. 

    And that's not a good thing right now. 

    Maybe we should have paid a little bit more attention to his ST comments about his future.  He's performing like someone that has either mailed it in or the age has caught up to him. 

    I don't see another leader on this team,  

    He's a notoriously slow starter.  He'll be fine.

  13. 7 minutes ago, JUSTgottaBELIEVE said:

    This is the first time I’ve ever seen the organization truly commit to a rebuild. In the past it was always patching together random parts in an attempt to compete. This was different. I’m willing to let the process play out.

    According to the Sox FO, as of 2021, we were officially out of the rebuild.  We're in the midst of our competitive window.  What "process" are you waiting to "play out"?  The process, at this point, is shit or get off the pot.  

  14. Tony, once again, putting his ego above the team.  He's an incorrigible old fuck that cares more about being proven "right" about illogical decisions than just going out and doing the job of manager.  What could possibly be so difficult about putting together a lineup and sticking with it outside of the occasional shuffle to account for SP handedness, injuries, or starters just needing a break?  Winning managers don't pull this shit.

    And I refuse to believe that this won't inevitably lead to him losing this team.  These guys are professionals, work hard to win games, and have waited a long time to compete for a ring.  You think they're happy with this b.s.?  You think these lineups make sense to them?  How do you think Engel and Vaughn feel about playing for this numbskull?  How about uber-competitive guys like TA or Lucas?  Who, outside of Jose, has the clout in that clubhouse to put Tony on the spot and call him out for this stupidity?  Is Rick fearful of losing his job if he challenges Tony?

    This is all such a clusterfuck and it's all because of our dumbass owner.

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