Melvin on Melvin
Pulling a new thread from eponymous coward’s comment:
As ever, Melvin was quick, affable, yet guarded in his comments, which was smart and sensible.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“You learn things in any job,Ã¢â‚¬Â he said. Ã¢â‚¬Å“IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m not going to go into those things. I hadnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t managed before. ThereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a lot of things I didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t know then that I do now.Ã¢â‚¬Â
While Melvin never shied from his task with the Mariners, he had been thrown into a tougher situation than anyone realized, a rookie manager with a team largely comprised of experienced players.
After acknowledging he prefers the National League game, he was specific in one area, recalling that in 2003 Seattle had put together a good bench.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“In the National League you use those guys for substitutions, pinch-hitting. But we werenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t able to use it enough in the American League to keep them ready.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Anyone want to guess what Mariner pinch hitters in 2003 with that good bench?
Try .154, with an OPS of .519. Yeah, awesome bench, alright.
Oh, wait, you mean to tell me Greg Colbrunn would have been the only bench player on that team to have an OPS over .700 (and he spent most of the year on the DL)?
And blaming the DH for not being able to get action for your bench is, well, just showing that when your strategy crutch is taken away (the option to PH for the pitcher) you donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t have the flexibility to think differently. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve never seen LaRussa, Anderson or Piniella say they couldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t use their bench when they managed in the ALÃ¢â‚¬Â¦ but if you are a strictly by tne book sheep^H^H^H^H^H^Hmanager, I could understand why youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d be confused when part of the book is taken away.