Why dont you try and state why you feel the way you do? Per this interview, I dont see any reason to follow your belief, in fact I think highly of Beinfest. For one, he seems to understand you need a good mix of people for checks and balances and also to get all options and perspectives covered. He has straight shooters (McKeon) and approachable types (Rosenthal) as well as organized guys with characters. Pretty sound in regards to the coaching staff.
And his pointing out the middle of the lineup as being our main problem is partly correct. Pierre and Castillo can work and I agree with Beinfest that this is not the reason why we arent scoring runs. Both of them (.337 and .386OBP, respectively) have been doing their jobs (although Pierre needs to raise his OBP, he has been relatively successful as our leadoff man). Here is what the lineup looks like if we break down the basic stats for each position:
It seems our weakest point is the #4 slot. That is where we need to be the most successful in terms of generating runs.
#2 is by far the most productive position in the lineup (Castillo 177AB is batting .377 there! Pierre with 38AB was batting .316 - it seems they both hit better in the second slot, but that could be misleading as Castillo was injured to start the season. I say move P to 2 and C back to 1, but that may screw things up too...).
Our #1 and #8 are below the rest of the lineup AVG-wise, but everywhere else has been pretty solid.
#3 and 5 seem to say that the heart of our lineup is successful, but I think that the terrible play of the #4 (no matter who) has been killing us because it ends rallies and forces the #5 to lead off - every slot in the batting order has out produced the #4 except the top 2 spots, but not by much.
it's a nothing article. The interview doesn't tell us anything we didn't already know. Whether you think Beinfest is an idiot or not, I don't see why this article would have any effect on that.
Thanks Ross, I can see that. There are many others on the MLB site that are also anti-Loria & Co. Most of their reasons are pseudo-reasons, part logic, part conspiracy, all speculation. I dont understand it, but maybe I am just blind... :cool