My heart sank when the Redsox lost last night, but seeing that my former place of employment did something amazing (internship), I have to hand it to the Rays for being mentally tough. Statistically, if the Red Sox were healthy they would have not been there in the first place, but that’s why you play the games. When the Rays made it the World Series, much of it was because they were healthy at t
Epic Collapse: Injuries or Chemistry?
Carl Valle on September 29, 2011 at 9:16 pm #17875
coachformerlyknownas on September 30, 2011 at 2:17 am #111119
Both, plus lack of chem too. The big question is how much slack should his 118 million dollars have bought good old John Henry?
Sox payroll 160? million. Rays payroll 42 million
If Theo can’t spend 118 million wisely enough and or Terry can’t manage it’s physical manifestations well enough….
More specific to you and this board, how do you feel about EC and MR’s jobs this year and going forward.
I remain unimpressed with pitching staff durability and performance over full seasons, and Youk had a tough year all around.
He appeared less athletic (baseball specific) early on then injuries later….
Carl Valle on October 2, 2011 at 10:16 pm #111186
I see that conditioning was brought up and also critical review of the medical side. I can’t respond in detail in a thread but a more formal article is on the way.
Rich Tolman(mr-glove) on October 3, 2011 at 2:27 am #111189
I imagine most in the organization are to blame through whatever capacity they serve in the organization. The owners for not educating themselves on just what needs to be done in-season, the strength and conditioning staff for not insisting on a certain level of compliance to the in-season training program and not blowing the whistle on boozing in the clubhouse and 20lb weight gains DURING the season, and the players themselves for not taking pride in their profession and keeping themselves as strong and as lean as possible in-season. As far as EC and MR, it’s easy to point fingers but I wouldn’t go so far as to say this is a true testament to their abilities. Does anyone here think that Dan Pfaff deserves to be blasted for athletes who were injured under his watch? I think there are far more opportunities for baseball players to screw things up from February-September than there are opportunities to make oneself bulletproof between November-January. I think the role of the strength coach with athletes 18 and older in a team sport setting is less about performance enhancement and more about trying to keep them healthy while hoping they are strong enough to survive the demands of their sport. I think we’ve just learned that it’s one thing to give a player a great in-season program but it’s another thing to enforce it. In the end, parent selection is key and we’re all overrated.
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