Open thread, 9/30, AL Wild Card

Need proof that managers don’t matter all that much? Ned Yost is the skipper of a playoff team. Bobby was a great manager, but his disciples — Yost, Fredi, Jimy Williams — haven’t impressed.

I’m no Adam Dunn fan, but it’s a surprise he’s sitting on the bench in favor of Vogt and Fuld. They say Billy Beane’s reputation is on the line, but Jon Lester was worth getting in exchange for a hitter with a .301 OBP who will be a free agent after next season. The Jeff Samardzija trade will be the one  A’s fans, and Beane, will live to regret once Addison Russell is making All-Star teams for the North Siders.

Prediction: Royals 3-2.



  1. Yost may have just run his team out of the postseason in the bottom of the first. Gordon at the plate, Hosmer and Butler on… Yeah, let’s double steal. What could go wrong.

  2. Quit? Nobody in the Braves clubhouse ever quit this season. No less of an authority (on virtually every subject) than harraumphing John Scheurholz rebuked us on this point.

  3. Good Lord, what a game. After following the Braves death march the past two months, it was great to be exposed to enthusiastic baseball.

    For sure, bringing in Ventura was a bad move. Not because Ventura was a starter pitching on short rest; a pitcher being brought in a game on his “throw day” used to be a common, accepted strategy, one that I believe can still work. It was a bad move because Yost had plenty of other, better matchup choices available. Instead, in his first use of the bullpen, he brings in the righthanded Ventura to face the lefthanded Moss. WTF?!?

    That being said, it was very cool to see the base stealing, sacrifice bunting Royals be able to come from behind, using methods that sabremetric guru Beane hates with a passion. I’m not anti-sabremetric (I’ve bought many a Bill James book) but the dogmatic, totalitarianism of the analytics crowd can be quite tiresome.

  4. Bobby’s coaching tree could be compared to Vince Lombardi’s. The Packer coach had head coaching disciples such as Phil Bengston, Bart Starr, Bill Austin, and first Falcon coach Norb Hecker. His most successful disciple was probably Forrest Gregg.

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