“I’d make that move 100 times out of 100” – Mickey Callaway on his decision to remove Steven Matz from the game
That sound you just heard was me jumping on the bandwagon to get rid of Callaway ASAP. I was in favor of his hiring and gave him a pass last year for learning on the job and dealing with all of the injuries. But he’s managed nearly 300 games in the majors and if he hasn’t learned by now – he can learn somewhere else.
It’s great to have the courage of your convictions. But sometimes you’re just wrong and you have to admit you were wrong. Doubling down on a wrong move doesn’t make you strong or a leader. It just makes you doubly wrong.
The idea isn’t that you need to be right in your moves 100% of the time. That’s an impossible standard. The goal is to be able to examine what you did and learn from your mistakes.
This was the managerial equivalent of swinging at a curve two feet outside and in the dirt and saying you’d swing at that pitch again.
And this doesn’t even take into account leaving Lugo in the game when it was clear that he didn’t have it, not bringing in his LOOGY to face Matt Joyce but bringing him in to face Ozzie Albies.
It’s mind boggling that a former pitcher and very successful pitching coach does such a bad, bad job of in-game handling of his pitchers.