the coaching dilemma
does a coach matter? does he make a good team better, a bad team good, and simply babysit a great team? Or is he a human relations guy, who's job is to put out fires, create line-ups, and do a few other jobs. It is a difficult dilemma. If we believe that a good coach matters then we have to determine if we feel that Lou is doing a good job. If a coach does not matter then fire Lou and see if a different guy doing the human relations thing can motivate the boys. Trouble is that there are examples of both options being a viable option. The Bulls of the 90's under the zen master himself are a great example. Phil merely steadied the ship while Michael and the crew went out and destroyed the rest of the NBA. On the other hand, look at the job both of the coaches in LA are doing. Joe Tore turned the Dodgers into a serious team that finds ways to win. And Mike Sosha is a witch at making the absolute most out of what he is given every year. There is also the case of Dusty a.k.a. wrist bands Baker who took a good team and a potential pitching staff to rival the Braves of the 90's and ran them both into the ground with approaches like "don't clog the bases with walks", or "pitch counts? we don't need no stinking pitch counts". The question here is, what should we do with Lou? He is a manager who has a history of mismanaging bullpens (though that is a complant of many good managers), but he also has had great success. Should we look to Colorado? Many would say that Clent Hurdle wasn't the problem, however the turnaround is beyond question and more than a simple bump in 2 or 3 wins. I don't think that anyone is prepared to say that Jim Tracy is that kind of genious as a manager. How about the Marlins of 2003. They fired a good coach and brought in a washed up has-been to keep the seat warm while they found a manager for the next season. What happened, well they broke all of our collective hearts. I don't have a real answer, but here's a thought that has been kicking around in my mind. Fire Lou and bring up Ryno. Let's see if he's ready for prime time or if he needs a bit more seasoning. You could give him the dreaded "interum" tag and say it's only until the season is over, but at least the rest of the season isn't a complete waist. And who knows, maybe the team would respond to a no nonsense friggin' Hall of Famer and put together an improbable run of theirown. Either way, cub fans would understand what was going on and we could sit back and watch the season with fresh eyes.