Hargrove wants less, more aggressive baserunning
From the PI blog:
”We’ve spent a lot more time on base running, and we’ll continue to do so,” Hargrove said. ”The one thing that bothered me was when we’d run into sure outs. I don’t mind if we’re out because it took a perfect throw. I can accept that.
”But when we’re so aggressive that we’re out by 20 feet, that’s just not smart. It’s the kind of thing if you do it once, you’ve probably done it one time too many.”
“I want everyone to run aggressively. If you think you’ve got a chance, I want you to go.”
“Why is everyone getting thrown out by 20 feet? What the hell is going on out there? This is so frustrating!”
Here’s the thing – you can run aggressively and win. Billy Martin ran some of his teams this way, where he’d go into spring training and say “run every play. Every extra base I want you sprinting for it.” His guys would get thrown out and he’d scream at them, they’d get closer, he’d scream at them, and he wouldn’t stop until they were safe. The Angels are held up as an example of a team that does this year in and year out. It can be done. You need to be smart about how you make those choices, when you do it, and which players you use, but it’s not, on its face, a ridiculous idea.
This thing Hargrove does, where he goes “We’re going to be an aggressive base-running team,” but doesn’t get his team to do it well, they fail, fail, fail, and eventually it’s such a disaster that he backs off and scratches his head and comes back and says “This year we’re really going to be an aggressive base-running team.”
Every time Hargrove tries to explain his philosophy, instruct, or explain something, he manages to offer a succinct argument for he should not be employed as a major league manager.