NJTank, on April 10, 2012 - 15:03, said:
the admiral, on April 10, 2012 - 13:40, said:
Yeah, this time around, Ozzie Guillen is neither a childhood hero of his fanbase nor does he have a creepy relationship with his team owner, so if he becomes a headache, he's not going to be a headache for years and years.
Yeah Ozzie sucked as manager on the South Side, he blew it they had a shot at 100 yeras of misery too.
Ozzie got progressively worse as a manager. He did great things in 2004 and 2005. Trusting his starters went a long, long way in turning around Jon Garland's and Jose Contreras' career. He made all the right moves in 2005, but then again, that was a year that seemingly everything went right. For as bad as he was afterwards, that team doesn't win the championship without Ozzie as manager. Winning a championship really changed his managing. He always was in the LaRussa school of lefty-righty matchups, but he went overboard from 2006 on. I believe the World Series inflated his ego so much that he figured he never could be wrong. He constantly made head-scratching moves (from insisting certain players play to bullpen usage) over the last several years, including a few losses each year which came because he blew threw the bullpen early, requiring the last guy to go longer than anticipated.
Above all, he mentally checked-out last year. He not only quit on the team, but I believe made moves specifically as a big FU to the GM for giving him certain players. He gleefully left a sub-.200 hitter in the four hole for much of the year. He didn't care if the team lost, and maybe even wanted them to lose. Then, amidst it all, complained openly that he wanted a new contract in the midst of such a horrible season. Everybody in baseball knew the Marlins had colluded and spoken to Ozzie, and I believe last year was pretty much one big parting shot to hasten his arrival in Miami.