Tuesday, December 06, 2005
Dodgers Hire Grady Little As Manager
Update 2: ... aaaand at MLB.com.
Since everyone expects me to have an opinion on this matter, I'll say this much: Little isn't terrible. He was forced in Boston to leave his starters in because management left him a less-than-ideal bullpen (so I recall), and supposedly isn't all that big a bunt-and-steal guy, good if your team isn't that speedy. (But then, why the rumors of a Dodger pursuit of Juan Pierre?) He might even be an incremental improvement over Jim Tracy; he earned multiple Manager of the Year awards in the minors. That may not be saying much; Jim Tracy did also. Regardless, this wasn't a bad choice, nor particularly was it a great one. Good things happen when you get to pencil in David Ortiz and Manny Ramirez into your lineup card. May the same thing happen with a healthy Jeff Kent and J.D. Drew.
Little took Derek Lowe from the bullpen and he went 38-15 over two years as a starter. 'Nuff Said.
As far as the lack of a strong bullpen goes, Timlin/Embree/Williamson were pitching insanely well during that championship series.
As far as the season goes, he just wasn't that good at in-game decision making. He could piece together a lineup though, even if I don't agree with his choice of #2 batters.