The more you hear and the more time passes, the more I wonder what the hell exactly they thought they saw in Valentine in their interview and evaluation process? I mean, they spent months sifting Carl Crawford's garbage (and missed there too, for that matter), so presumably with Valentine they didn't just sit down and chat for an hour. How did they get it so wrong?
I've been nervous about what's been happening in baseball ops ever since I heard they'd offered Jason Bay 4/60, which I thought was a bad idea at the time. And it's been downhill since. How could smart guys be so wrong?
I obviously cannot speak for ownership, but as someone who was in favor of the Bobby V hiring, I will spew here the bullshit I spun to anyone I spoke too, as it is and was the only sensible rationale.
After the way last year ended, with so much criticism of the players (chicken and beer, etc.) I think the owners wanted someone that would deflect the attention away from those guys and be able to handle the heat. They couldn't pry Farrell away, who had a rep around here as a John Wayne type and could come in and crack the whip and the media would give him slack. They felt they couldn't turn a rebellious clubhouse over to a newbie like Sveum so they went with Bobby, an old school guy that would lay down the law, get these guys in order and all the while, his dancing clown act would direct the attention to himself and let the players do their thing. "Look at me! Look at me!"
Now, we got the clown act and yes, everyone looked at him. He tried to lay down the law, but he didnt know how to do it anymore. And everything else went as badly as it could. I think his length away from the MLB game, his lack of cohesion in the coaching staff, his lack of internal filter, when mixed with the injuries and subpar performances...well, we saw what happened. It went down in a flaming pile of dog shit. But I don't think that was 100% guaranteed from day one (though many here obviously would disagree with that). I know many here will cry out that they saw this coming and there's nothing to do but tip your hat to them. But I also wonder if Gene Lamont or Dale Sveum would have fared much better? It wouldn't be the shit show it was, but would they still be playing?
The FO made some huge mistakes, hiring Bobby at the front of the list. But it could have been better and might actually have worked given different circumstances.
Or they were drunk. It could be that too.
Edited by Papelbon's Poutine, 25 October 2012 - 04:12 PM.