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Recap: Cubs 5, Cardinals 4 (11 innings)

John Mozeliak notes that the Cardinals “still think we have some holes.” One is right field, stomach and Carlos Beltran would fill it well.

Despite currently polling at Fungoes as the Cardinals

3 Responses to “Recap: Cubs 5, Cardinals 4 (11 innings)”

  1. Brandon Says:

    At what point do we hold the front office accountable for this continuing lunacy? I mean, the front office determined Matheny’s staff, the front office obviously made the decision to hire him in the first place, and the front office obviously made a calculated decision to hire a manager without the clout to challenge internal decisions (read: not TLR). So why can’t that same organization simply explain to Mr. Matheny that continuing to sacrifice is not in the club’s interest and will not be in his personal interest as regards his continued employment prospects?

    If it were TLR, we would probably be well served to just blame him. If it were Joe Torre or Bobby Cox or even Dusty Baker, same story. But a rookie manager who already agreed to an arrangement where the front office determines his staff?

  2. Pip Says:

    Your question may be based on a false premise. That is, it assumes that the front office doesn’t approve of the managing tactics. For all we know, they could be completely supportive of the approach.

  3. Brandon Says:

    That could be completely true. I’m just saying that it’s obvious Matheny doesn’t have anywhere near the autonomy that TLR or Joe Torre had in their time in St. Louis. And it seems that the front office is at least somewhat aware of the state of the art in these matters – although that may be deemphasized with the departure of Luhnow. For me, I see Matheny as a floor-level supervisor who does make day to day decisions, but who does not make big picture decisions. For someone who’s placed in that kind of position, I tend to blame the higher management for not seeing it. By contrast, if you want a manager like TLR, heaven help the GM who calls him in and tells him when to bunt. Tradeoffs in all things……

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