"trailing by a run in the 8th with two on, he decides to swing away rather than bunt the runners over "
so with 1 out, runners on 1st and 2nd, you bunt?
"But in his mushy brain he then brings in a rookie pitcher to stop the Pirates rather than go to bastardo or papelbon"
bastardo who was likely unavailble or papelbon trailing by 1?
" I spent 45 years coaching baseball "
i feel for your players.
Yup. My frustration is that it was apparent long ago that Charlie wasn't the most efficient manager of pitchers.
So, if you're going to build a team that is clearly going to try to win through pitching, why would you extend Manuel's expiring contract to manage that team? Isn't that shooting yourself in the foot?
Charlie's having a bad season, but he's been a guy who is used to having a lot of weapons of offense, and then react accordingly with his pitching. He's not used to having to be creative to coax wins out of a lesser-talented offensive team. He's not a bad manager per se, (in fact, I think he's about as neutral a manager as there is in baseball), but I just don't see him as a good fit for THIS TEAM, and that was apparent (at least to me) long before his extension was ever signed.
I have virtually zero doubt that Charlie Manuel will be fired at some point this season or shortly thereafter. The question is does RAJ get the boot too?
As unconventional as it seems, I'd rather fire RAJ today and let Ed Wade supervise a firesale of as much of the roster as possible than have RAJ guide the team in any direction any longer. I don't trust RAJ to buy; I don't trust RAJ to sell, and the status quo in not acceptable.
Ryne Sandberg > Charlie
Bob Engle, Mariners V.P. > Ruben Amaro, Jr.
RAJ doesn't make moves with other moves in mind. He just gets his mind set on something big and fills the other roster spots with players he is familiar with.
I would be thrilled to see him go, make Wade the interim GM and re-evaluate in the offseason.
"...I would be thrilled to see him go, make Wade the interim GM and re-evaluate in the offseason..."
-- Think I've heard this somewhere... ;-) Oh, that's right. You're me. Nevermind.
" I spent 45 years coaching baseball"