I like the day/night doubleheader idea to shorten the season but evidently the managers don't. I can see the point that it messes up a rotation a little though I can't see how that should be a real problem if everyone is doing it. They do have the 26th man clause now for that. I think it's dumb but whatever works for the MLBPA.
I got to thinking about nicknames the other day and how so little creativity is left in blogger journalism.
If I could sit down for a cold one with anyone, I think I'd like it to be Bruce Bochy. Ex-catchers tend to be good managers ... must be all the years of being traffic cop on the field. Scioscia, Girardi come to mind, and plenty going back through the years. But Bochy was out of the spotlight as he out-coached Giants opponents right through the post-season.
After Bochy, I'll take a sit-down with either of my delightfully named homeys: Razor Shines and Dennis "Oil Can" Boyd.
... and when faced with a decision, always seems to make the wrong one, but always gets to blame the fiasco on someone else ? If there is such a term, it would BE Dusty Baker.
Oh, if fiasco-blaming is what you're talking about, how 'bout Dust-Off?
By the time the 50s came around, I'd have the best team in the league and the Cardinals would become the Orioles.
... And as we await the first crack of the bat, it's heart-warming to see that the bug you have up your azz about St. Lousy is alive and kicking, johnU.
I like the double header idea, but there are problems, especially through weekdays....it's tough to sell a DH ticket for twice the normal (outrageous) price, and it's a time consuming and fan offending practice to get everyone OUT after the 1st game, and IN for the second game.
Managers don't like it ? Most these days don't like having to do more than take a schidt once a day....but it IS statistically tougher to win both games of a DH than just win 2 in a row on back to back, on separate days...and IMO, managers are to blame for that more of that, than players or schedules.
The DH crinkles the starting rotation, because if 2 in the regular rotation pitch the same day, someone is going to pitch on short rest and/or a day longer rest than normal, next time out....so those "crafty" mentally challenged managers often ask for a AAA call up to start one of the games, greatly reducing their chances for a DH sweep...and there are those players that managers pretend to "protect" by benching them for a game...ans scrubs rarely win against front line players....unless you have 2 short bus managers with similar suicidal tendancies, the bench game satisfies few people-especially fans and losing pitchers...
Managers that have proven to lose more when they think more, should just pretend that 2nd game is tomorrow, and use the lineup card accordingly....unless of course they like to use 4-5 relievers in every game for no particular reason, then these "thinkers" run short, or run the bullpen ragged, unless one of the starters goes deep....another reason to leave the "tricky" AAA starter in AAA and go with the guy that actually has a real chance for a CG.
As an ex-catcher, ex-coach, ex-manager, and ex-husband, I'm a little biased that catchers make the best managers because they have to think on every pitch, and a few ahead too... as opposed to most other position players that only use the grey matter once in a while. Catchers have the most physically abusive and demanding position, and subsequently, have more injuries and shorter playing careers...therefore, we're on the bench more than other 1st options, and you have to talk to more coaches and players than others...and have to know about EVERY other hitter on ALL the teams you play, so you can't help but listen more, study more, and hopefully, learn more....not many good catchers that are introverts. We catchers are also convinced we are right more than other position players, but superior hitters, inferior managers, wives and their lawyers often disagree, with varying degrees of success.