On the flip side, he has had ridiculously talented teams. There are a plenty of managers that could have won it all with what he had to work with in the years they won. I'm not commenting on his abilities as a manager at all, but it's worth noting that his deck has been pretty stacked since day one.
Sure, he's had talent to work with. All great coaches/managers do. But do you really think we win in 2004 with Grady Little at the helm? Or "any average manager"? Seriously? We're one season removed from him working a literal miracle in keeping the Pawtucket Red Sox in playoff contention until September rolled around.
He's had a less than stellar year, but he's the greatest manager the team has ever had in any of our lifetimes and calling him "average at best" is preposterous. His decisions tonight were baffling and frustrating as hell. I'm not defending him keeping Bard in there or calling for a steal with Aviles on first. But being a good or even great manager is about more than any one (or collection of a few) games in a season. Tito gets that. Some members here do not.
What ever, I'm going to go kill shit in Deus Ex for a while. The blood of many Chinese hookers in the Hung Hua Hotel are on his hands.