justmebd wrote:I don't remember if I said it here, so I'll repeat it: Terry Francona was a big part of the Indians short-lived playoff run last year. He willed that team to it's one postseason game IMO.
Not going to happen two years in a row with cheap owners and a front office that's more concerned with winning meaningless MLB Front Office honors than talking said cheapass owners into actually fielding a winning team.
"We're the best run mid-market team in the league" is the kind of BS I hear coming from that shitstain Shapiro on a regular basis. Who gives a fuck? Where's our ring?
This front office has been completely incapable of drafting and developing talent with any kind of consistency. The 90's Front Office did that in spades. I'm not sure Shapiro and Antonetti know the difference between sabremetrics and a hot dog.
I get it, the Dolans aren't going to pay Cy Young award winners. So guess what, the fans will hate you and stop attending games. Like has been stated in this thread before, spend money to make money you twats.
If The Klubes pitches his way to a Cy Young, the Dolans have two choices, pay him or sell the team. If they just go out and trade him like they did C.C. and Lee, I don't give two shits about their bold new stadium renovation, the attendance will continue to drop. Especially if you get the kind of return those two trades brought in (Not much).
But in essence, you are explaining why managers don't matter.
Francona is very much like HALL OF FAME manager Joe Torre, albeit a little more alert. Anyways, player friendly guys who say the right things and pretty much know how to run a clubhouse - beer and fried chicken aside.
But here's how their REALLY similiar to each other. When they got good players that perform well they win, when they got mediocre players that perform poorly they lose. Check their records. Darn near perfect correlation in this regard EVERY year.
Kinda like Casey Stengel.
Or a block of wood.
Hays in the barn by the time you're a big leaguer. Good teams win, bad teams lose, no matter what old guy is propped up at the end of the bench.
Point being, if any of you out there think that Terry Francona is giving the Indians some sort of advantage over other teams in the league, you're going to be disappointed in the results.