Buck would have been keeping the starters in longer to teach them to overcome adversity. We also would likely be 10 games out of the wildcard because of that. And I loved Buck and hope he wins with the Mets
This is a fair critique, especially some of his actions in the beginning of his tenure. But he brought McPhail in who stabilized things and then decided to step away. Maybe that was Angelos driving him crazy, can’t say. He then had a nice run with DD until they held on too long so he could win before he died. He was willing to put money in to win. Maybe not as much as some owners, but more than others. Definitely not the best owner, but also not the worst.
Vavra reminds me of Nick Markakis with a little less power. Quite honestly, if I could choose any player on the roster to come to bat in a 9th inning tie game with a runner on 3B and one out, I might just choose Vavra.
Sure, that’s why the team has had 7 winning seasons in the 28 years he’s owned the team, despite playing in a ballpark that was sold out for every game before he arrived. It wasn’t horrible that he chased away John Miller, Davey Johnson, and Pat Gillick, or set up an untenable dynamic between Dan Duquette, Buck Showalter and Brady Anderson.
Come on - Angelos sometimes gets bashed for some things test weren’t his fault, but all in all, he was a horrible owner. His son is doing a way better job IMO, even though the results are just now starting to come to fruition.