Another positive preview.
I don't know of a great many successful managers who aren't traditionalist in some sense of the definition. Jonny B. may be on the far wing, but he doesn't manage all that differently than most of the MLB managers that I'm familiar with.
Yes, I think coaching makes a difference. If you see a team like the Yankees whose whole lineup takes a lot of pitches, works the count, shortens up with two strikes, etc., I think you're looking at an organizational philosophy. Maybe some of the Reds (Stubbs?) just can't shorten up or something, but I'm inclined to think they aren't being told to. Actually some of Stubbs' problems in the leadoff spot may have had to do with him trying to work the count and not being very good at it, so he may have been trying and may have been getting coaching on it.
Feller named Joe Morgan was renowned for his disdain for statistics of almost every stripe, as I recall. Might be why he never got a shot at managing? You have to wonder how he would have done in Bakers place.
No doubt about Morgans stats and accomplishments, but I was referencing his outspoken comments as a sports announcer when the stat geeks reared their heads.
Having said that, I'd love to hear both Baker and Morgans opinions of wOBA. I have a feeling both of them would play a different tune when THAT particular stat comes into play.
WAR is so passe' this year. For 2012, we worship at the altar of wOBA.