A comment on the main board got me thinking about the lack of stability in the lineup since 2009. The team has been less successful in this period and less popular than in the golden years from 2003-2008.
Opening Day or most of season lineups from 2009/2010/2011/2012/2013
1B You/Youk/Agon/Agon/Napoli (3/5)
*2B Pedey.......................... (1/5)
SS Lugo/Scutaro/Scutaro/Aviles/Drew (4/5)
3B- Lowell/Beltre/Youk/Youk/WMB (4/5)
LF- Bay/Ellsbury/Crawford/Ross/Gomes (5/5)
*CF- Ellsbury/Cameron/Ellsbury/Ellsbury/Ellsbury (2/5)
RF- JD/JD/JD/Sweeney/Victorino (3/5)
C - Tek/V-Mart/Salty/Salty/?? (3/5)
*DH Papi.............. (1/5)
Mgr Tito/Tito/Tito/Bobby V/Farrell (3/5)
Instability Index (including manager) 29/55 53
Except for 2B, CF and DH it's been pretty much a different lineup every year and a different manager the last 3 years.
Just for the heck of it, lets look at the very successful and popular Red Sox teams of 2003-2008 for comparison
*1B Millar/Millar/Millar/Youk/Youk/Youk (2/6)
2B Walker/Bellhorn/Bellhorn/Loretta/Pedey/Pedey (4/6)
SS Nomar/Pokey/Renteria/Agon/Lugo/Lugo (5/6)
*3B Hillenbrand/Mueller/Mueller/Lowell/Lowell/Lowell (3/6)
*LF Manny/Manny/Manny/Manny/Manny/Manny (1/6)
*CF Damon/Damon/Damon/Coco/Coco/Jacoby (3/6)
*RF Nixon/Kapler/Nixon/Nixon/JD/JD (3/6)
*C Tek/Tek/Tek/Tek/Tek/Tek (1/6)
*DH Papi/Papi/Papi/Papi/Papi/Papi (1/6)
*Mgr Little/Tito/Tito/Tito/Tito/Tito (2/6)
Instability Index (including manager) 25/66 38
Except for SS and 2B there was a fair amount of stability, much more so than in 2009-2013
For the sake of comparison here is the Yankees 2009-2013
*3B Arod/Arod/Arod/Arod./Youk (2/5)
*LF Damon/Gardner/Gardner/Gardner/Gardner (2/5)
*CF Gardner/Granderson/Granderson/Granderson/Granderson (1/5)
*RF Swisher/Swisher/Swisher/Swisher/Ichiro (2/5)
C Posada/Posada/Martin/Martin/I??? (3/5)
DH Matsui/Johnson/Posada/Ibanez/??? (5/5)
*Mgr Girardi......................... (1/5)
Instability Index 19/55 35
With the exception of DH and C they have been pretty stable from 2009-2012, although 2013 seems to be the start of a period of instability and we hope lack of success.
At least in these 2 examples the more popular and/or successful teams have had more stability than the 2009-2013 Red Sox. Nothing earth shattering I guess since more changes are made when teams don't do well. Perhaps instability is a consequence of lack of success and not a causative factor, although in the Yankees case it may be predictive in 2013.
However, some of the changes that have contributed to the instability have not made the team any better, and may have made them less popular. Losing Bay for example in exchange for the elderly Cameron. Beltre (or V-Mart) for Adrian Gonzalez. Paps for Bailey. Ross for Gomes.
From the viewpoint of fan interest and fan loyalty I wonder if the instability in the lineup has something to do with falling ratings and slumping ticket prices on the secondary market beyond the teams lack of success. It's hard on fans when their favorite player (or manager) has a shelf life of 2 years or less on their favorite team. I doubt Werners marketing report made this point.