I'll chime in here with a glass-half-full view of Bobby V. He's taken over a job from a players' coach who won two World Series, and has quietly settled in lately. Yes, it was a rocky start, but I have no qualms with him right now - I guess that winning does cure many ills.
Basically, he's not nearly the distraction I thought he'd be. And, I have no problem with him clamping down on Youks and Beckett when he needed to.
+1. While watching today's game, it struck me that it seems as if Bobby Excels at bullpen management (which would play into his past as someone who manages above win expectancy). And that they calmly whethered the bad times and have galvanized to a really good team.
And does McClure get any credit? At the beginning of this season the Bailey injury really threw a monkey wrench into things and they had to scramble and redefine roles. In addition, this bullpen was a disaster. Now ... with help from this coaching staff ... they have settled into a strength. On their watch, Doobie has developed into a very good starting pitcher, Bard might have taken a step forward in his last start, Padilla is having a hell if a year, Miller actually looks really good, so on and so forth. Its pretty amazing. There was a lot of criticism of these two. Especially Bobby.
Edited by HillysLastWalk, 02 June 2012 - 08:37 PM.