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So the Tigers have decided to go with former catcher Brad Ausmus as their new leader. Dut seems to like this hire because he is the best looking manager in the game (he actually said this). JSaul and I found it puzzling. Look, I don’t know dick about Ausmus as a manager because no one does. He must have received glowing praise from the Israeli team that he failed to qualify for the WBC during his only prior coaching experience. It seems like teams are trending toward retired catchers more and more (because those are the smartest players on the field) to lead their clubs. But does this make much sense for the Tigers?
I just don’t see it. Ausmus has almost no experience as a coach, let alone a manager. The Tigers are a team with title aspirations but with a closing window to do so. Do you really want a manager who may or may not know what he’s doing cutting his teeth with massive expectations? This can’t be the best candidate out there. You can point to Mike Matheny but at least he spent some time with Drunk Drivin’ LaRussa. If Ausmus was your guy, then who the hell else was on the list? Herm Edwards? Pat Shurmur? Michael Curry? He was a special advisor with the Padres. GOOD JOB THERE, BRO! There didn’t seem to be any animosity toward the prior staff so why wasn’t Jeff Jones or Tom Brookens promoted? That would have made more sense to me than hiring a greenhorn.
All of these points were made in the chat. Dut fired back with something along the lines of “managers in baseball are OVERRATED anyway”. Yes, because there is no strategy or gamesmanship involved in baseball. Anyone can execute a double switch or handle a bullpen. ANYONE. And after yesterday’s attacks on The Hokester’s credibility as a legitimate big time coach, this post seemed like the next logical step to the conversation. How important are coaches/managers anyway?
OBVZ, if you have ELITE talent, your job is much easier. But it’s more than just rolling out the balls. To think that way is completely idiotic. For as little as I think of him since he looks like Dave Walther, Erik Spoelstra is a damn good basketball coach. If you think that Phil Jackson had the easiest gig in the world, deal with Kobe Bryant for about 15 minutes and I bet that your opinion would change drastically. Football coaches are also important because idiots tend not to win. Guys like Belichick and the BRAHs will always be better than Jason Garrett and Greg Schiano. Formulating game plans takes forever and the best usually come out on top. We’ve already discussed how absurd it is to act like managers are interchangeable in baseball. I personally think that the Reds would have made the World Series (made it there, not win it) at some point over the last three years if they had anyone besides Dut Baker on the bench. But that is just me.
I dislike Joe Maddon a lot but you can’t tell me that if Eric Wedge managed the Rays, they would be as successful. A smart and experienced skipper means the world in baseball. Digging up some recently retired catcher to get you over the hump and win a World Series sounds so ridiculously far-fetched and DUMB to me. Those slugging fat guys aren’t likely going to get better. Every year, a few more MPH are going to come down from those power arms. The time for Mike Ilitch to get a ring before he dies is nearing its end. I would have thought that they would have went with someone who actually knows the job and has made the tough moves before. This a risk that the Astros would take.
Instead, they hired a project. Managing/coaching matters. It matters a lot. Just look at the fucking Indians. The difference between Manny Acta and Tito was stunning. So you trash bags can sit around and talk yourself into Brad Ausmus until your teeth fall out from gingivitis, but just like Israel in the World Baseball Classic, you aren’t winning shit with this guy either. And THAT, my enemies, is a HOT SPROTS TAEK. Eat all of our dicks.