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What do you all think of what Ozzie said after the first game of the doubleheader yesterday? It was reported on Baseball Tonight that he basically told his players that none of them would be have been playing in the 80's because they couldn't play small ball and that if they couldn't play small ball then they had better hit 40 homeruns and drive in 140. He said the only player that played well in the first game was a relief pitcher. I really don't like the guy at all, because I think he has a terrible mouth but I really like it when a manager/coach just tell guys how it is instead handling them with "kiddie" gloves. If you don't like criticism, the solution is simple play better. Of course the White Sox came out and won the 2nd game 6-1, not saying his tirade was the reason they won but it worked out that way.

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There is a history of volatile and/or disliked managers getting their team to play well through a baseball season.

We had at least two. Their names were Earl Weaver and Davey Johnson.

What often happens is that volatile managers light a fire under their players, get them to play well, after a year or three wear out their welcome, lose the clubhouse, get fired. Then they're replaced with a laid-back player's manager who gets the team to relax, play well for a year or three, accumulate some discipline and work ethics problems, lose the clubhouse, get fired. They're replaced with a volatile manager...

Yeah and there is a reason Lou Pinella hasn't been out of a job since 1989.

And there's also a reason that he's had five different jobs as a manager.

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If you don't like criticism, the solution is simple play better.

That's assuming that you're not already playing as well as you can. Must be fun to be an overachieving AAA player who's going all out to be a fringy major leaguer, only to have your loudmouth manager scream at you because you're not Lou Gehrig.

Maybe Ozzie thinks the only reason he didn't spend his career in the PCL was a series of endless tirades from Tony LaRussa and Jim Fregosi? :confused:

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What often happens is that volatile managers light a fire under their players, get them to play well, after a year or three wear out their welcome, lose the clubhouse, get fired. Then they're replaced with a laid-back player's manager who gets the team to relax, play well for a year or three, accumulate some discipline and work ethics problems, lose the clubhouse, get fired. They're replaced with a volatile manager...

And there's also a reason that he's had five different jobs as a manager.

And there is a reason he's 1,701 - 1,561 with a World Series title and 6 division titles.

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And there is a reason he's 1,701 - 1,561 with a World Series title and 6 division titles.

Ok. He's a guy who wins a lot of ballgames, then wears out his welcome and gets fired. He's from the Billy Martin school of managing. All kinds of managers win. Some nice guys, some jerks, some who fall asleep in the dugout with kids on their laps, some who think they can scream a utility infielder into the triple crown.

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Ok. He's a guy who wins a lot of ballgames, then wears out his welcome and gets fired. He's from the Billy Martin school of managing. All kinds of managers win. Some nice guys, some jerks, some who fall asleep in the dugout with kids on their laps, some who think they can scream a utility infielder into the triple crown.

Can you say the same of Davey Johnson? He hasn't even had a manager's job since his stint with the Dodgers, which ended in 2000. You'd think a manager with a .564 winning percentage would be able to pick his own jobs.

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Can you say the same of Davey Johnson? He hasn't even had a manager's job since his stint with the Dodgers, which ended in 2000. You'd think a manager with a .564 winning percentage would be able to pick his own jobs.

Sure. Results matter. But being a jerk isn't the only way to win, and most people don't want to deal with jerks.

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