Article: Mackey: Twins respond to Hardy/Ortiz comments
Posted 03 March 2012 - 11:01 AM
"You spend a good piece of your life gripping a baseball and in the end it turns out that it was the other way around all the time." -- Jim Bouton, "Ball Four"
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Posted 03 March 2012 - 02:24 PM
But what does that really mean? Well, as everybody knows you have to "use [the opposite field] to get [your] pull side back".
See, it's just a matter of perspective. Hardy's perspective was that they wanted him to hit the other way. Vavra has helpfully clarified that all that hitting the opposite way was just the secret path to pulling the ball. Riiiiight.
(Of course he's correct that LCF in target field didn't help Hardy, but straightaway LF isn't going to hurt anybody, either.)
Mackey using a SSS (one season's worth) of Ortiz's field-splits as if it in any way meaningfully offsets a career's worth of numbers leading to the well-established opposite conclusion (DESPITE the presence of the green monster) is just kind of silly.
Posted 03 March 2012 - 02:58 PM
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Posted 04 March 2012 - 12:00 AM
Ortiz was constantly in TK's dog house. He pretty much ran him out of town
Posted 04 March 2012 - 08:54 AM
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Posted 04 March 2012 - 12:30 PM
Yup. "Idiot" Brewers and "idiot" Twins. The player was the victim, twice. Fired, twice. For no good reason, twice.
Speculating here, but I think everyone, Hardy especially, will be better off when this dead horse story is buried. It does him no favors.
Fran, I really enjoyed your take. Your implication that Hardy is indeed responsible for his condition made me realize I have been discounting the obvious. My upset is lessened. Thank you for that. Something may be obvious to you that I am missing, or you may be privy to data that I'm not, but facts remain that support my position. There is such a thing as victims. There is such a thing as mismanagement. So what if your SS needs special attention. So what if your catcher needs coddling. Or your firstbaseman. Or your centerfielder. This stuff comes under the heading of what management does for a living. It's hard to get your subordinates to follow the course you chart if they believe you are working against them. Not that these two things are mutually exclusive but, I imagine with all the dollars involved in MLB it must be a primary concern of management to keep the team dynamic alive and not let the guys turn into only mercenaries. It seemed to me that this exact thing occured last year with the Twins. Do you disagree?
Anyhow, from what i can see and the data I have, I accuse the Brewers of severe mismanagement. And the Twins, at the minimum, of a lack of patience.
I think with just a little more oomph from Twins management in this area the debacle of 2011 could have largely been avoided.
Posted 04 March 2012 - 02:06 PM
If the real issue is as you speculate, hopefully the players still around were given a reality check by management. Baseball or elsewhere, employees cannot be given the impression they're in charge. They're not.
But, again, my advice to Hardy is if/when the past is brought up, he just say "no comment." He has his boucoup contract in a low-pressure environment, with a perennial also-ran. Away from mismanagement and impatience. He should count his blessings, play baseball and cash big paychecks.
Posted 04 March 2012 - 04:07 PM