The value of the call-out
Okay, so we know that McLaren’s team meetings didn’t work, and Armstrong trashing the team (except for the GM and the manager) didn’t work, but Bavasi, once he went out and tore into the players in public, well:
Responded, as measured by hitting above league-average:
Did not respond, as measured by hitting below league-average:
Responded, as measured by pitching well:
Bedard (0 ERA!) Dickey (0 ERA!) Green (also 0 ERA!) Lowe (this is getting tiring!) Morrow, Rhodes, Rowland-Smith (all shutout pitching), Felix, even Batista (3.65 ERA!)
Did not respond, as measured by pitching badly:
So it looks like having the GM call the team out has some effect, but only suppressing run scoring on both offense and defense. Yayyyy! All hail the GM-call out!