Mr. Chass can’t even remember the dreck he wrote less than a month ago.
When it comes to defense, the Red Sox are taking this ”Moneyball” thing too far. ”Moneyball” is the book by Michael Lewis that serves as the bible of the attempt by Billy Beane, general manager of the Oakland Athletics, to reinvent baseball. One of the problems with the Red Sox is they seem to want to follow the Athletics down the path of reinvention. In the grand scheme of reinvention, defense is a low priority. That view is emphasized in Lewis’s book by his use of previously written comments by Bill James, the statistical guru, who has a low opinion of existing defensive statistics. ”The statistics were not merely inadequate; they lied,” Lewis writes, discussing James’s view. Teams, Lewis went on, ”believed they could judge a player’s performance simply by watching it. In this, James argued, they were deeply mistaken.” Finally, Lewis writes, ”the naked eye was an inadequate tool for learning what you need to know to evaluate baseball players and baseball games.” James now serves the Red Sox as senior baseball operations advisor. One can only wonder if he was watching his employer’s players bumble their way through the four games the Red Sox played before last night…Presumably they saw with their naked eyes the inadequacy of their fielders’ ability.
When that difference failed to develop, the Red Sox jettisoned Nomar Garciaparra, who once had been the soul of their team, and replaced him at shortstop with Orlando Cabrera…They also added first baseman Doug Mientkiewicz and outfielder Dave Roberts in an effort to upgrade the worst defense in the major leagues. Belatedly, perhaps too late, the Red Sox discovered that catching the ball does help…The Red Sox fortified themselves, not for a run at the Yankees for the division lead, but for a desperate attempt at gaining the wild-card slot in the A.L. playoffs.
“Desperate attempt”? To make up 1/2 a game? In what sports universe is making a trade with 55 games to go when you need to make up a mere 1/2 game “too late”? I am so tired of paying the New York Times for Chass’ garbage. He should be working for FOX News, the guy is so abjectly biased and without knowledge or self-awareness. He’d fit perfectly in a lineup, right behind Sean Hannity or Bill O’Reilly.
So how about a column praising Epstein and the Sox for addressing the exact problems you pinpointed as potentially fatal, with nearly two months to go in the season, Murray? How about a column explaining that Epstein admitted that the Sox had NO CHANCE with the defense they had and dealt with issue pretty fearlessly, Murray? Instead, your tired pen demeans the Red Sox with petty, nasty insults.
Pathetic, lame stuff.
(POST EDITED FOR SUCCINCTNESS – SF)