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About Balta1701

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    Just love baseball & love chatting
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  1. Wasn't one of ptatc's notes that a tear that is in the middle of the muscle might be the worst for long-term issues?
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    COVID-19/Coronavirus thread

    If you know them, you are in a better position to supply alternative information than I am or anyone else in government or science is. In case you haven't seen this...
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    The TLR Manager Thread

    Cleaned up the dates. For reference, here is the April 13 box score where Bieber pitched. https://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/CHA/CHA202104130.shtml
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    The TLR Manager Thread

    The date that posts appeared in this thread, so those might all be 1 calendar day late/talking about the night before game. Will get that fixed tonight.
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    The TLR Manager Thread

    No, that's not possible, because they didn't interview people to actually find out.
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    The TLR Manager Thread

    More important than the person was the process. Little Ricky said this himself - he wanted to go outside the organization, talk to a number of people, and evaluate his next coach while also learning about where managers though his team and the game would go. That would have been exactly the right process - some candidate or candidates would inevitably be the best. Maybe Bochy. Maybe Hinch. Maybe Hinch meets with the team and finds Detroit a better fit. Maybe it's someone completely unexpected. At this point though, we can safely say it wouldn't have been LaRussa in a fair competition - because we've seen him in action.
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    Albert Pujols

    Yeah, If Nightengale says its not happening, that's basically direct from JR.
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    The TLR Manager Thread

    Managers that are hated in New York? Of course. The Knicks and Jets are there. Exactly the kind of teams we want to be compared to.
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    Albert Pujols

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    The TLR Manager Thread

    Often enough that Rick Hahn went on the radio and complained about how tired he was of hearing people throwing "The Money will be Spent" back at him on Twitter.
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    The TLR Manager Thread

    While that is true, the #2 and #3 OFs on that list are guys who you'd be surprised if they weren't on the IL a couple times this season based on their previous histories.
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    The TLR Manager Thread

    One thing that this thread allowed me to do is actually keep track of games where Tony LaRussa did something specific that caused a blowup. 1-Apr Failing to make review time window, Leury starts opening day, no pinch hitter for him late. 3-Apr Bullpen Usage - Bummer never used, Marshall allowed to blow game in the 9th. 4-Apr Bullpen usage - Hendriks not used in the 9th, Ruiz and Foster blow it. *Several times could have PH for Leury or Hamilton, not done 7-Apr Bullpen usage - Foster comes in with Bummer and Hendriks needing work, gives up 5 runs. 11-Apr Couple of poorly thought out bunts, pinch running for Mercedes early left no backup Ofs 13-Apr Williams hits 5th, Lamb hits 7th, Mercedes benched against Bieber. Could have kept Hendriks out to start the 10th. 27-Apr Attempts to kill Lucas Giolito. "We were looking for a single there." Insists postgame that he was awake. 5-May Messes up double-switch, runs team out of 10th inning, rulebook read to him by reporter. Bolded are games where managerial decisions are particularly troublesome. Numerous other games - Vaughn, Madrigal being benched for Leury, Hamilton, and Williams. Lack of offdays for Abreu, Eaton. There's at least 8 games so far this season where the manager has been a contributing factor in a loss, without counting guys that he chose to bench on the list more than once. Changing to a competent manager doesn't turn all of those into wins - maybe a better lineup still loses to Bieber as Cleveland's bullpen is outpitching us, maybe someone still gives up runs out of the bullpen, etc. But there's an awful lot of high-leverage events so far this season where people have been saying "the Manager contributed to a bad thing happening".
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    The TLR Manager Thread

    This is literally a thread on the manager. If you would like to create a thread saying "The hitting coach is not preparing these guys well!", I guarantee it would not be the first such thread in White Sox history. "The White Sox have other problems" does not mean that in a thread created to talk about the brand new and controversial manager we should ignore the decisions of the manager.