I will start by saying I am ok with BV as manager. I cant see where there was a better available choice.
I was struck by how inarticulate he came off as.
And coming from me that's saying something.
Its all the more striking after having Tito here through the years.
BVs "...all the same..." comment....wow
I am willing to give the guy benefit of the doubt that he is not racist. AFAIK he has never had problems with African-American, Hispanic, Dominican, White or Asian players in the past.
That said "...all the same..." was a absolutely moronic thing to say. Hell he may have thought that all Japanese players had similar stances or motions or pitching repertoires (which Like others I tend to agree was his intended message) but you say something like "Coming from MLB I had assumed that as a very structured society with a structured developmental system that many Japanese players would have similar styles and habits. What I found was that like here each player had developed what worked for them. That's the important thing as a manager. You need to help each player work to their strengths and limit there weaknesses. Everyone is different and as a Leader its my job to understand, embrace and build on that, not try to change it."
His responses also just seemed to end with a lot of things he said at the beginning.Kinda like he runs out of steam...Q: How do you feel about the Job? "Ya know I am excited, this city, these fans and the talent on this team make it a special situation that I really want to take advantage of......I...am just excited."
Many of his answers ended like that. Tito would have slammed that home with "....as an outsider There seems to be no better city to play, manage or watch baseball in then Boston. I can promise that I will try to impress that on the players and show that in my interactions with you guys and the fans."
I think this may be the reason he mentioned a couple times that "communication need to be clear/he needs to make sure they understand what he is saying."
As someone who often agrees but comes off wrong or who has trouble framing an argument I can relate. When you say something like "...all the same..." I can see how a lot of your energy would be dedicated to then explaining your intent, that your audience understands your intentions, and that your not a racist. If you don't backtrack and explain your intent constantly your gonna be perceived as a jerk, a moron or perhaps something worse like a racist.
He seemed really excited which as mentioned is a really good thing. Also as mentioned he realized that he wasn't perfect "Relationship/communication" wise in some of his jobs and is at least aware of that. So hopefully he can improve or limit the situations he puts himself into.
Bad communication can say a lot about a person, but it doesn't mean they are a bad person or even a dumb one. It can however create a lot of brush fires that will need constant shepherding. I am hoping that for at least 2 years those distractions are kept to a minimum.
I am hopeful for BakaValentines tenure here