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  1. jamesdiego

    Tony La Russa

    I would think TLR would get a talking to that banning people from kneeling would be a no no in this organization. I can’t see any way possible that that view would fly with Kenny. And I would think Hahn and Jerry would back him up on that. There’s just no going back on that because it will really create some tension with TA and many on the team who support him. Didn’t Timmy only kneel on opening day anyways? Seems like something that could hopefully prevent any TLR hire in the first, if he’s not able to evolve his views.
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    Tony La Russa

    What were the other bad decisions that Hahn was responsible for down the stretch? Did he instruct Ricky to put in Rodon at the end of the game against the Indians? Did he do the same for Ruiz? And was it also Hahn’s call to have Rodon pitch in game 3? I wasn’t in favor of Bummer being inserted so early in game 3 when he’s used to being a late inning guy, was that a Hahn move as well? I also didn’t agree with Bummer getting pulled when he did, and I didn’t agree with Heuer getting pulled when he did. It looked like fire chief Ricky running around in a panic trying to put the fire out. I did not like Foster coming in with the bases loaded of course But I would understand if the order of pitchers in game 3 was a collective decision. Though doesn’t make too much sense to me that it would be Hahn’s call alone. Did Hahn make the lineup’s? A Suntimes article had their source say Ricky and Cooper were pushed back a bit against the metrics in their decisions. That was telling me that Ricky was pushing to let his gut be make decisions. I want to know who’s idea it really was to put Edwin in the 5 hole all season and game 2.
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    Tony La Russa

    How did Hahn fuck up down the stretch? By not making a trade for a starting pitcher?
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    Managerial Candidates List

    I’d take a droid manager over Ricky. LaRussa here didn’t really say he’d the the analytics into account. Just gave a blanket statement that there’s too much analytics and not enough quantifying the analytics of what’s in a guys noggin, his heart, and most importantly in his guts. Had a little “only I have the secret and power to win the correct way” feeling to his words. And that he can win more games with any team doing it his correct way. Ease back on the ego trip a little bit there Tony. Seems like the game has passed him by. I wouldn’t mind him managing another team and eating my popcorn watching how that shit goes.
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    Tony La Russa

    That sounds like an amazing story with the veterinarian. Was the vet doc already involved in baseball and working for LaRussa for awhile before running his analytics department? “I gotta guy who used to work with stocks and good with those numbers, lemme give him a call”
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    Managerial Candidates List

    Thanks for the info. With Jirschele not an option for that double Manager tandem then the duo manager idea doesn’t make sense to me at all. Love AJ, but can’t make him a manager. He needs to run a minor league team for at least a couple years and see how that goes. See if his players do actually like playing for AJ or if they instead do a mutiny against him. Could go either way.
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    Managerial Candidates List

    TLR is definitely not my first choice, but him in tandem with Jirschele is intriguing. Jirschele is far too young for this team. But having TLR around for a couple years seems like not a terrible idea. I still prefer Hinch
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    Tony La Russa

    You’re preaching to the choir about Jerrys record, which I’ve never been afraid to criticize. Though I’m happy and respect the job they did on the rebuild, and relieved/ very happy they have moved on from Renteria/ Cooper, so have no interest to complain about Jerry’s past failures (yes, there are many). I wasn’t around for the LaRussa days so I don’t know details or info from newspapers or radio back then. But I’m fairly confident Jerry didn’t just make Hawk the GM to grab headlines. He must’ve just been buying the bullshit Hawk was slinging about ideas on what he would do to run the franchise and make it better. You know, great ideas like Fisk in the outfield. Lol If LaRussa did resist Hawk brilliant ideas for change, the proper reasoning is not to then let Hawk fire him, but the correct reasoning looking back was to fire Hawk to prevent losing LaRussa. The Sox might’ve looked a little moronic like you said firing Hawk before LaRussa. But the Sox looked far more moronic in letting their announcer/ faux GM to fire their manager to satisfy his ego, to just fire said faux GM months later. Both Jerry and Hawk seem to be in agreement that he had no business being in the front office and it was a mistake. And Hawk regrets firing the hall of fame manager. So in my eyes there’s no point in defending Hawks moronic dislike for LaRussa in the late 80’s if Hawk himself has even evolved to fully realizing he was the idiot It is interesting wondering just how the Sox would have done with LaRussa at the helm long term. Maybe they are able to push past the Jays in 93? To bad we didn’t get a chance to see.
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    AJ Hinch: does it matter to you that he cheated?

    I think some of the players themselves were probably dumbfounded by some of Ricky’s decisions. That is a guess, but I believe some have to feel that way. They care about winning and see zero problems on the horizon from whoever the Sox would choose. Having resentments or anger does nothing fur the team, and these guys are roundly team players and will be all in.
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    Tony La Russa

    Hasn’t Hawks decision to fire LaRussa back in the day been largely panned as a terrible mistake by just about everyone? Even by Hawk who I remember while announcing talking very fondly about LaRussa and speaking of his huge regret in firing him. At least that is what I believe I remember him saying, I could be off some. But it sounded like Hawk was calling himself an idiot over the decision. Its also Jerry’s biggest regret in allowing it to happen, according to him. And did that decision help decides Hawks own firing? I could care less what caused Hawk to fire him back then, Hawk himself seems to agree. Though I agree with your overall assessment that LaRussa is not the right man for the job now.
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    AJ Hinch: does it matter to you that he cheated?

    Yea, that’s the one. I can’t even read that again. Fuck those three guys in my book. And fuck that New York reporter to wrote a smear article about the victim, which seemed to push her over the edge to commit suicide. That was disgusting. The Sox should have separated and washed hands of him before the season started. I was thinking about making a thread on it but didn’t want to take away any good vibes happening this season. Personally, for an organization to profess so much about caring about social justice issues, they sure didn’t care too much about this woman. It’s disappointing. The whole thing puts Hinch and cheating in perspective for me. There are far worse things that baseball professionals have done. And have gotten away with right here in our organization.
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    AJ Hinch: does it matter to you that he cheated?

    Ozzie didn’t just quit on the team the last two days. That guy was creating drama in the media most of that year. It was an absolute shit show of a managerial job that year with his out of control ego running rampant needing to create drama all the time. I think all teams (besides the Marlins) looked at that season and said “no thanks” for us. Albert Belle had his cork bat incident against us of all teams. And then we signed him to a big contract. Did any of the old timers who have a problem with Hinch also had a problem with Belle with his corked bat? When the Astros cheating happened at the time I would definitely have said F those guys and would have never wanted any of them to be with the organization But when Springers name had popped up for free agent possibilities I didn’t bat an eye I definitely would want him Do people who don’t want Hinch at all costs also absolutely don’t want Springer? As others said in a perfect world we would hire a guy with an unblemished record But there’s many imperfect people in this world. And many have done far worse offenses. I have a far bigger issue with the Sox having Daryl Boston as a coach after reading that long article last year giving details on a rape he was accused of in the 90’s. There was no trial but hearing her story had me pretty convinced, and was gut wrenching learning her end.
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    Sox Press Conference - 11am 10/12 - RR out as Sox manager

    This is fantastic news! I guess I was right that they were at least debating Ricky’s performance and status as our manager. Thank you Jerry, Kenny and Hahn for maki the correct and wise decision for the organization and fans. It makes sense to move on. They have a possible champion here and Ricky proved he was in over his head. He was given his shot fair and square and failed. I wonder and think it’s probable that if Ricky completely followed the analytics in his lineups and bullpen moves, he would still be the manager. He wanted it his way and now his way is showing him out the door. He might not be given another manager job again. The front office put too much effort into building this team to entrust it in the hands of someone like Ricky. Especially at Jerrys age, who knows when he’ll pass and ownership will change and more than likely front office change over as well. Might as well go for it all. And it’s nice they rejected Ozzie so those rumors can be put to bed forever.
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    Offseason Targets

    I’d rather not trade Cease or Dunning. Never wise to trade pitchers with upside, they both have a chance to be pretty good. We need more starting pitching, not less.
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    Will the Front Office Fire Renteria?

    I am not retreating from my original statements. This is what I originally said that got you worked up. “I hope Hahn is thinking long and hard how long he wants to hitch his wagon to such an inept manager. I know from your other posts that you think Ricky had the Midas touch and made all the right moves in the last game. But I think you might be alone in that regard, and I think Hahn and Kenny had their own “WTF?” reactions to some of Ricky’s moves. I think they waited far too long for a contender and are debating Ricky’s future this week. At least I am guessing (hoping) so” Maybe you have other definitions of the words hope or guess, but I never claimed Sox are for sure firing Ricky. I only said I hope they would. Though I absolutely believe Ricky’s status as manager was certainly discussed after they got the boot from the playoffs. Which weirdly you claim that Ricky’s job is so untouchable that the front office won’t even debate on. Not even a simple conversation on whether he is the guy going forward or not. If they already decided last year Ricky was the guy no matter what his performance was this year, then why didn’t they extend him before the season? I offered my logical opinions on why the Sox would at least be debating if he’s the guy or not. I don’t think the debate is only how many years to resign Ricky and for what amount. That sounds ridiculous to me after Ricky’s all time poor performance at the end of the season. We’ll see what happens shortly I imagine. Either they will fire him or re-up his contract, if he is going to be heading into his final year. I don’t even know contract, if it’s for two years then they could certainly wait another year. I’d like someone said this is his final year coming up then something is likely to happen. If it’s in the bag like you say, then a new contract will be announced any day now I imagine.