I emailed Al about this a couple of days ago but am interested in others' thoughts. The Cubs have been sorely lacking in talent during Dale's tenure, and I don't think anybody faults him for failing to contend. On the other hand, it's hard for me to see where he's added any value. He certainly hasn't gotten this team to play above itself, as the best managers do. He often makes what seem like bad strategic decisions. He doesn't seem to have instilled any particularly culture on the team or made it his own in any way. Plus, he generally looks like he just rolled out of bed, and I don't think that sort of slovenly appearance contributes to a culture of discipline and ultimately winning. What am I missing? Why does Dale deserve to keep his job? Is there simply nobody better out there? Just to be clear, I'm not suggesting that we fire the manager as a way of spurring this team into contention. We all know this team couldn't win with Tony LaRussa, Tommy Lasorda and Connie Mack managing it together. I just seriously question whether Dale is helping or hindering the rebuild.
Please share your thoughts.