FanPost

Is Dusty the new Chuck Tanner?

I don't have the article in front of me, but as a long time reader of Bill James material, I recall a rather scathing piece he wrote about Chuck Tanner at the end of his tenure with the Pirates.  James' challenged Tanners ability to effectively manage a ML club, as he only saw one area where Tanner was an asset - he was a positive thinker and said if everyone just had a good year, we'll win.  In every other areas, he wrote that Tanner was a failure - in game strategy, roster congifuration, recognizing and playing ML ready rookies, etc.

I bring this matter to everyone's attention because I am beginning to see the same pattern with Dusty - a positive thinker who, by his actions, has shown no other discerable strength as a manager.  Tanner did win, but that was when the roster was littered with good players and there were no "attitude" players or performane issues on his team.

In effect, he won becasue his (Tanner) job was made easier because it played to his one strength.  He didn't have to find solutions as there were no glaring issues that needed to be addressed.

I think we may be facing the same limitation with Dusty.  He needs a team that is ready made to compete.  When it breaks down, he cannot be counted on to find a workable solution. He flounders, he makes idiotic playing time decisions and he is consistently out managed during critical moments of a game.

Coupled with Mr Hendry's own shortcomings as a GM, I think we need to be as lucky as we are good to reach the promised land.

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of SB Nation or Al Yellon, managing editor (unless it's a FanPost posted by Al). FanPost opinions are valued expressions of opinion by passionate and knowledgeable baseball fans.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Bleed Cubbie Blue

You must be a member of Bleed Cubbie Blue to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Bleed Cubbie Blue. You should read them.

Join Bleed Cubbie Blue

You must be a member of Bleed Cubbie Blue to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Bleed Cubbie Blue. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9351_tracker