Let me be the first to congratulate Mr. Yost, way to manage this team into another losing season!! That hasn't been done before!
Since none of us have any managerial experience, I'd say we're the last ones anybody in his position should be paying attention to.
Not to mention I think blaming this mess on Yost is a bit short-sighted to begin with. He's certainly struggled with setting lineups and managing pitchers at times, but this is a really awful team.
What could anybody do with it?
Connie Mack would be lucky to guide this team to a 70 win season.
But at least ole Connie would have been better dressed.
In a stunning turn of events, I actually agree with every point you made there.
I think the entire "fire Yost" crowd can't see past their own noses.
Yost is using dried up duct tape, and rusty baling wire and trying to make something cohesive and usable out of it. No easy task. He's made mistakes, and had missteps, but what manager hasn't? The only difference is that most managers have enough talent on the field to sometimes mask those mistakes.
Well, I don't agree that pitching is the only problem. We're dead last in K's, yet only 20th in runs scored. That points to a substantial concern.
But, I do agree about Paulino and Duffy. The sample size for both is still way too small, but they both have looked solid.
As for Hochevar, my disgust with him is only equal to my disgust with Mazzaro. Both should be working for UPS next year. I've already cashed in this year, but if Hochevar is in the rotation next year, I will not be watching them play on those days.
[[" I think DM has decided Hochevar is never going to be better than he is right now."]]
...By DM, you mean the same guy that resigned Betancourt this past off season?
I actually feel the complete opposite. I would be shocked if Hochevar WEREN'T still here next season.
Either way, this is the one and only case where I wouldn't mind Moore giving him away for some ludicrous lowball deal. Just to finally get him the heII out of here.
That I don't have an answer for, my friend.
I've just personally seen enough. He's gotten to the point where I'd be perfectly content giving anybody a shot. I just don't think he'll ever be starter material.
I'd have no problem with penning him. At least then you can yank him quickly without sweating wearing out the rest of the pen. Maybe make him a ROOGY! :)
I don't necessarily like the cat, but to blame this mess on him seems a little ridiculous, IMO. Is he part of the problem? He may very well be.
But, thinking somebody like TLR (for example) could coax this team past 75 wins is delusional, IMO.
This is a horrid, horrid team.