Fire Bud Black!

Monday May 11, 2009

Fire Bud Black!

Yes I know I have said that before, but I have just finished reading Geoff Young’s post today on his blog Ducksnorts.com and I am hopping mad at Black right now.

What got me so angry? This:

Meredith entered the game with one out and the bases loaded, which as I noted in the Ducksnorts 2009 Baseball Annual is not when you want to use him. Here’s an updated look at his numbers in those situations through May 10, 2009:

When Not to Use Cla Meredith, 2007-2009
PA BA OBP SLG
*Includes third base only, first and third, second and third, and bases loaded.
Runner at third* 111 .446 .477 .565
High-leverage 203 .354 .399 .519
Overall 693 .297 .345 .391

As you can see, Meredith becomes a very different pitcher in pressure situations.

If Black does not know what Meredith’s tendencies are he has no business being a manager in the major leagues.

If Black DOES know Meredith’s rendencies, WHY would he bring Meredith into 8 games THIS SEASON with runners in scoring position and another 2 in high leverage situations?

Either way Black does not belong in a position where he has to make those calls.

Fire Bud Black! Do it today!

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