Survey says: Bobby Cox has supporters. Who knew?

You dared me to pose the question in poll form. Being daring, I did. I asked last week, “Do the Braves need a new manager?” I was sure I knew what the majority would say, but it was a thinner majority than I expected.

Sixty percent of roughly 2,000 respondents said the Braves do in fact need a new manager. I figured it would be 70-30, maybe even 80-20. And why did I think that?

Because I read the comments on the ol’ blog.

And I’ve grown accustomed to the anti-Cox rants. How he blew all those World Series. How he’s 1-14 in the final game of the postseason. (Not, mind you, in the final game of a postseason series — let’s not give him any credit for winning the NLCS five times or an NLDS six times — or even in elimination games.) How he’s a terrible tactician. How he shouldn’t have brought in Leibrandt to face Puckett. (Even though Leibrandt had faced Puckett in that World Series twice already — and had twice struck him out.)

I’ve been called an idiot for my support of Bobby Cox so often I assumed I was alone in the universe. Turns out I’m not. Turns out 40 percent of our poll’s respondents — admittedly, this is an unscientific survey, but you could vote only once per computer — decided the skipper isn’t so maladroit after all.

And even though what I wrote wasn’t entirely an endorsement of Cox as manager of the 2009 Braves, I was heartened to see that some folks appreciate a body of work. The old baseball man Rocky Bridges once said: “There are three things the average man thinks he can do better than anybody else: Build a fire, run a hotel, and manage a baseball team.”

Apparently 40 percent of our voters either weren’t quite average — or weren’t men.

224 comments Add your comment

BT

June 23rd, 2009
7:17 am

Make people talk and sometimes even think. Those were great few blogs last week that spurred discussion and people are still talking about it. Way to go Mark.

Larry

June 23rd, 2009
7:32 am

Mark,

Congratulations! Finally a writer with the courage to at least discuss the issue. And yes, Mark, I’m the guy who a couple of years back authored the “1-14 last game of the postseason record” (including his loss at Toronto) that you are on record as challenging as possibly not a real statistic. And I think this is every much a statistic as the won/loss record of a team or manager for the opening game of a season that is so often mentioned. In fact, I would consider this to be this most important of statistics in that Bobby just doesn’t have the in-game and strategic skills to manage a short series where the competition is best. Most of his postseason series wins are against inferior opponents in early rounds, but when matched up against the great pitching in the later rounds his is always out managed and his only last game victory was because of Glavine’s one hitter in the 1995 World Series or Bobby Cox would be sporting a perfect 0-15 last game record in the postseason. Anyway you want to spin it, Mark, 1-14 is overwhelming and convincing evidence of a Manager who simply cannot find a way to close the deal and thus we as fans have been left on 14 occasions to watch our opponent celebrate on the pitcher’s mound!

I don’t agree with you, but I respect and applaud your courage and willingness to address Cox’s managerial ability unlike your weak sisters, DOB and Jeff Schultz.

However, I have a question. Your position in your article that the responders seemingly validate your position makes no sense. 60% of those agree that Cox should be replaced, not 60% who think he shouldn’t. So, what is your point? Are you saying that those in the majority are wrong?

With the dominant pitching afforded Cox he won most of his 14 division titles (before the split from the west)over the like of the expansion Marlins, the Expos (Nationals) and the Phillies and Mets. Nice, but not exceptional in my opinion given the talent the Braves’ GM, Scouting Department and Player Development plopped in Cox’s lap for about 15 seasons. However, the true test of a great manager comes in the short series in the postseason when a bright, strategic, in-game decision manager can be the difference in a tight game or series. In this regard, Bobby Cox is absolutely the worst postseason manager in baseball history. Who is the best today? Check out the skipper for the Red Sox who had the courage in 2007 to sit his season long center fielder, Coco Crisp, for the hot bat in the postseason. That’s called courage, Mark, and Bobby Cox would have continued to let Andruw Jones strike out, game after game, even at the expense of losing the series!

1-14! Think about it! 1-14!

Be-little, BeBOLD

June 23rd, 2009
8:00 am

Let’s hear an AMEN BRO for Larry!!! One hundred percent in agreement bro! Cox is TOO loyal to his players. Sometimes you have to kick butt to get production. Entirely too laid back!

Mark Bradley

June 23rd, 2009
8:05 am

The all-time leader in getting thrown out of games is … too laid back?

matt_T

June 23rd, 2009
8:11 am

Anyone who points to the 1-14 record in the playoffs doesn’t have a clue.

In order to win the WS you have to make it to the playoffs, and Bobby had the team in the playoffs each year, until the recent rough patch.

Anything can happen in the short playoff series. Ask the Yankees. And they got rid of Torre, and the next manager didn’t make the playoffs.

Brian

June 23rd, 2009
8:18 am

That “1-14″ stat is kinda shady. The only way you can get a win is to win the World Series. There shouldn’t exactly be a high expectation for that win-loss record. Tony LaRussa is 2-10. Joe Torre is 4-10. Lou Piniella is 1-6. John McGraw was 3-7. Tommy Lasorda 2-6. Earl Weaver 1-5.

Basically the only guys who don’t have really bad records in those games are Casey Stengel and Joe McCarthy managing the great Yankee dynasties.

Michael Scharff

June 23rd, 2009
8:21 am

Wow, Mark – first “avuncular,” now “maladroit” – you’re going to have us keeping a dictionary by our desks before you know it!
I tried to comment the other day, but the comment section was already so full, I said to myself – forget about it – Mark will never see my thoughts among the hundred or more others already here.
I am glad Bobby’s players liek him. And, I do give Bobby some credit for managing the Braves during their unprecedented run of championships. On the other hand, in my opinion, he has always relied far too much on big ball (home runs) and never on small ball. Even when the Braves have had speed, Bobby rarely takes advantage of it. Plus, I’m not sure of the stats, but a) it appears that the Braves hit into more double plays than any other team I’ve ever seen, and b) they appear to leave more men on base than any other team I’ve ever seen.

matt_T

June 23rd, 2009
8:30 am

Thanks Brian. Funny that Genius LaRussa is only 2-10 and that last win was with one of the worst teams to ever make the playoffs. Further proving that the playoffs are a crapshoot. Just getting into the playoffs is what is important.

Larry

June 23rd, 2009
8:43 am

Brian,

I agree that you have to get there and the odds are that one will more than likely have a losing record in the final game of the postseason if they’ve been there multiple times. I’m not oblivious to the obvious. However, I’d take a 3-12 record for Cox as this means we would have at least 3 World Series Championships and I believe this is the minimum expectation given the abundance of talent and opportunities afforded the Braves.

What do I honestly think about Cox? I honestly think he is one if not the best regular season managers for a team rich in starting pitching which will always win the majority of 162 games and beat out 4 other teams. But, I also think he is either simply not bright enough, too stubborn or loyal to a fault. or just simply doesn’t have the “knack” or that difficult to define instinct to make the best decisions at the right time and this is why he is the absolute worst in winning the short series or deciding game against other managers matching him with the comparable starting pitching one sees in a league championship series and certainly the world series.

Do you think it a coincidence that the only championship under Cox came against the Cleveland Indians in 1995 who just happened to have perhaps the worst starting pitching in recent world series history?

He’s a good guy, the players love him, but he truly manages like a little league manager by barking out cute little nicknames to grown men and leaving in weaker players struggling at the plate even if it means losing the darn game. He is simply not world championship manager!

UGASlobberknocker

June 23rd, 2009
8:43 am

Cox is a Hall of Famer for sure. Yet sometimes a team needs to hear a new voice. It is my hope that Cox gracefully retires at the end of this season and we bring in someone new. I definately dont think Pendleton is the man. I would be OK with Yost.

McCann fan

June 23rd, 2009
8:48 am

I’m just glad nobody said “First” today like on DOB’s blogs. I don’t feel like my opinion of Cox should count as much as most, as I have only lived here for 5 years and really didn’t grow up with the Braves.

I am a huge fan now, as a product of making Atlanta my home. Semi-objectively I feel like when a team is not living up to the past and to current expectations sometimes it is time for a change. But many times the injection of something (or someone) new provides a quick and short-lived kick that fades faster than it began.

Changes need to be made, but I’m not ready to conclude that Bobby needs to be one of them. I don’t always agree with his in-game strategy, but I think he will know when it is time to step down, or up into the front office as it were.

Larry

June 23rd, 2009
8:55 am

matt_t,

This is where you and I differ. While an element of luck is always a part of any sport, I happened to be a of the group who believes that great coaching supersedes luck most of the time.

Letting Leibrandt pitch to Puckett in 1991 was not luck!
Letting Leibrandt pitch to Carter in 1992 was not luck!
Sitting on your duff and watching McMichaels blow saves is not luck.
Sitting on your duff and watching Kolb blow saves is not luck
Sitting on your duff and watching Wickman blow saves is not luck.

And now, having a team who is the among worst at walking, the worst at striking out, the worst at stealing bases, the worst at bunting, the worst at moving runners, and the worst at just about every important category–except the ERA of the starting pitching, as usual–is an indictment of managerial futility–not luck!

Mitch C

June 23rd, 2009
9:01 am

Mark, I know that I was one of the people who said it was time for Bobby to go, and it’s not because I dont have respect for the man, or what he has accomplished. I’ve been a Braves fan for 26 years, and I have a great deal of respect for what he has done for baseball, this city, and this team. I just thought that maybe, after twenty consecutive years as manager, it might be time for a change. Maybe I’m wrong.

The Braves are only a few games out of first. I ‘m hopeful that we can have a seven and three homestand, and do something to get us back into contention. It would be awesome if this team could make it to the playoffs, even as the wild card. With the way the Mets and Phillies are playing, that isnt an unrealistic goal.

If Bobby stays for a while, I will be fine with it.

Mitch

matt_T

June 23rd, 2009
9:05 am

Larry-
I don’t think its luck. My point is in a small series (which the playoffs are) small things are amplified. For example, the Yankees just lost 4 out of 6 to the Nats and Marlins. Does anyone think the Nats or Marlins are better? No, but in a small series they won.

And I completely agree with you that those examples were completely wrong. I invented new curse words for Kolb/Wickman, that was just unexcusable.

Gene

June 23rd, 2009
9:06 am

Those of us who were around in the 25 years prior to Cox’s arrival probably appreciate him more than more recent fans. Lately the Braves’ front office has made some terrible decisions, and I wonder if Cox has had any say so in disasters like the Teixeria trade and the shabby treatment of Smoltz and Glavine. (Regardless of their value to the Braves, their treatment did nothing for team morale.) Hitting, and clutch hitting in particular, has certainly been a weakness, and perhaps it is time that Cox evaluate Pendleton’s performance.

Retch

June 23rd, 2009
9:09 am

The Braves should have more than one World Series title with the talent Bobby had. But this year is his worst managing job ever. The Braves need to rebuild and make changes, starting with Bobby and Terry Pendleton.

Mark Bradley

June 23rd, 2009
9:09 am

I understand completely, Mitch C. I share some of those sentiments, as I tried to articulate the other day.

Mark Bradley

June 23rd, 2009
9:11 am

OK, here’s a question: Who should Cox have brought in to pitch to Puckett in the 11th inning of Game 6?

Frank

June 23rd, 2009
9:15 am

Bobby Cox is the Bobby Bowden of MLB.He built the Braves from nothing.Let him stay as long as he likes.

Outside Robber

June 23rd, 2009
9:18 am

I agree with another’s comments about Mark having the courage to at least broach the topic of Cox continuing as manager. Good, bad, or indifferent, accountability has to be taken into consideration, doesn’t it?

The Braves have been watching post-season games on TV for the past 3 years. Who do you hold accountable for that?

Kentavo

June 23rd, 2009
9:20 am

Anyone but Liebrandt.

P-Man

June 23rd, 2009
9:22 am

It seems that those who don’t remember the past are doomed to repeat it. Do you remember when Cox was fired after the ‘81 season? He said in print that the team was poised to have a great year. Torre was hired (the only major change) and the Braves won the division in ‘82. Then, after 2 straight 2nd place finishes, Torre was fired because we had “reached a plateau”. We all know what happened after that.

The Falcons also “reached a plateau” with Leeman Bennett, and then promptly disintegrated for 10-15 years. Dan Reeves “reached a plateau” and we got stuck with Mora and Petrino. Change for its own sake isn’t always good.

On another note- when did it become all important to win the championship? It seems nowadays, that people aren’t satisfied if we don’t “win it all”. Only titles matter. The braves have given me years of enjoyment, even when they were a pitiful club in the 70s and 80s. It’s about entertainment. Do I want the Braves (or Falcons, or Dawgs, or Hawks, or…) to win every game? Absolutely! Is it realistic? No! Do I want them to win the title every year? You bet! Is it gonna happen? No way! Am I disappointed? Sure! But you know what? Life goes on, and I’ll root for them the next year, WIN OR LOSE, because I am a FAN!

OK, I am climbing down off my soap box now. Thanks for listening (reading).

Braves73

June 23rd, 2009
9:22 am

Larry – You absolutely nailed it. We all applaud Bobby’s regular season brilliance, but his undeniably a horrible tactical manager. It’s very difficult because the one thing that made/makes Bobby great, is that he is such a GREAT players managers. You could argue that without Bobby the Braves would not have even made the post season with such consistency. I believe that’s what makes Bobby so frustrating. We see his finer qualities (which used to get us to the playoffs), but his horrific late-inning decisions have always left us scratching our heads.

7

June 23rd, 2009
9:23 am

Just because you use the F word and get thrown out don’t mean crap. Not a record to be proud of.

When did 40% of something prove you the winner when the other point on view gets 60%.

If 40% of the Fans are happy with the present Braves, losings last 4 years, no fans in stands, etc Great you got it. But for me and 60% of the fans,we want a winner. Bobby is not the future!

Kentavo

June 23rd, 2009
9:27 am

We need a RH bat!

Mac

June 23rd, 2009
9:28 am

I was a Braves fan when they stunk. And, they stunk for a looooooong time. Hating on Bobby Cox is like hating on Santa Claus. He can retire when he wants to. I don’t think the team will contend this year, but I’m far more encouraged about the rebuilding effort now that there are so many quality pitchers on staff.

Larry

June 23rd, 2009
9:30 am

Mark,

After 18 years I can’t remember the options over Leibrandt in 1991. But, had this alone happened in only 1991 you just chalk it up to bad luck. It the same “body or work” of poor, questionable or non decisions that STARTED in 1991 that is the issue here, not just that one at bat. And, just because Leibrandt, a slow, deliberate left hander, had struck out Puckett in two previous at bats is not the reason to pick this match up in the 11th inning. Wouldn’t you think that all of the odds would be in Puckett’s favor giving the facts and Puckett’s all star status? Whew!

This is precisely my point–Bobby Cox does not have a knack or the aptitude to make key, in-game strategic decisions in close or deciding games!

What is your excuse, Mark, for the very next year Bobby Cox letting the same left handed Charlie Leibrandt pitch to the right handed Joe Carter who also had the key hit in game six of the 1992 world series? This is blatant ignorance or stubbornness and neither is acceptable for championship baseball

Don’t be so selective, Mark! 1-14 is impossible to ignore!

VICK FAN

June 23rd, 2009
9:31 am

I SUPPORT MIKE VICK AND NOT SOME SORRY OLD MAN !

Whopper Dawg

June 23rd, 2009
9:33 am

I have been a Braves fan since they arrived to Atlanta. I remember when all I had to hang my hat on was Aaron and Niekro. Bobby and John had a great run. Sparkling regular season records, but unfortunately, I think that they will be viewed as underachievers in the post season, fairly or not. When your rotation includes three HOFs, and you close the deal once, I am afraid that is what you get.

That being said, no way you move Cox out. He is a good manager. I don’t think anyone can do better with this lineup. I looked at the standings a couple of days ago and the Braves were fourth in the East and the fifth worse team in the NL. The last five years or so, management has viewed the Braves as being one piece short of the puzzle, when actually the team was in a more severe decline – the result of which has been to trade for the piece at the expense of young talent which further erodes the base.

They need to develop their talent, trade Chipper for youngsters and start to climb back.

Mark Bradley

June 23rd, 2009
9:33 am

Joe Carter didn’t have the key hit in Game 6 of the 1992 World Series. You could look it up, as Casey Stengel used to say.

Bama Aaron

June 23rd, 2009
9:39 am

I have been on both sides of this issue. I have supported him because during most of my adult life they’ve won much more than when I was a kid. And I have railed against him for his inability to be able to manage a pitching staff and for losing more than he won in World Series. For a long time I believed he was the only man who could properly manage the Braves, I don’t know if that’s true anymore. But I still can’t think of anyone who would be better.

Braves73

June 23rd, 2009
9:41 am

Mark, moving forward you have already stated two possible replacements for Bobby. We all appreciate you toting the company line (as to not piss off someone you may have to potentially interview…again), but it’s clear (as even you stated) that this team and Bobby are not a match. We recognize his previous accomplishments, but it’s time to move on.

abudefdef

June 23rd, 2009
9:42 am

I think Bobby needs to use some speed on the base paths…how many runs get generated by stealing bases, or the threat of a SB causing a pitcher to throw the ball away, or walk a batter, etc?

We need a Nixon/Sanders combo in the outfield again…I bet Neon could still play, sign him for the remainder of the season! BRING BACK NEON DEON!

abudefdef

June 23rd, 2009
9:42 am

NEON DEON for manager?

hmmmmmmm

Larry

June 23rd, 2009
9:43 am

Braves73,

Touché!

P-Man,

The Braves were right to fire Bobby Cox as Joe Torre and Bob Gibson were the perfect pair to propel that 1982 team to a division title. Further, had Joe Torre, Cito Gaston, Sparky Anderson, Whitey Hertzog, Terry Francona or several other good managers been at the helm of the Braves from 1991 through 2006 there is absolutely no doubt in my mind that the Braves would have celebrated at least 3, and likely 4 or 5, World Series Championships. I agree with you about Leeman Bennett and Dan Reeves, but Bobby Cox should have been asked to retire at least 2-3 years ago.

Lastly, I don’t disagree that some of us–and that includes me–need to learn to just enjoy the game more regardless of the records. However, I will respect your more passive approach to professional sports where spitters and scratchers earn multi millions of dollars to play a kid’s game if you in return respect my unrelenting desire to only accept championship baseball as the supreme goal.

There are followers and leaders in all professions–I willfully choose the latter!

Larry

June 23rd, 2009
9:49 am

Mark,

Okay, you’re right, it wasn’t Joe Carter it was Dave Winfield. Funny how you didn’t have the courage to mention the identical thing happened and you must have learned this when you looked it up.

The summary:

“With the score still tied in the 11th, Dave Winfield came to the plate with two on and two out. Eleven years earlier, Winfield went 1-for-22 as a Yankee in his only other World Series appearance, a four-games-to-two loss to the Dodgers. Now at age 41, Winfield was looking to redeem that stain on his Hall of Fame resume. But it would have to come at the expense of pitcher Charlie Leibrandt, who was looking for some redemption of his own. The previous year, Leibrandt was also handed the ball with the game tied in extra innings of Game 6, and he promptly surrendered a game-winning home run to Kirby Puckett. This time, it was Winfield’s turn to be the hero, as his two-run double down the third-base line put the Jays up 4-2.”

Shame on you, Mark, for your lack of journalistic courage and integrity!

Herschel Talker

June 23rd, 2009
9:51 am

Where’s Robert?

Anyone who thinks that Cox’s loyalty to his players and inability to handle a pitching staff aren’t hurting the Braves just isn’t paying attention.

Ted Striker

June 23rd, 2009
9:53 am

If — prior to 330 B.C. — you’d polled individuals on whether the earth was flat or spherical, nearly 100% would’ve said “flat.”

I’m not impressed by the 60%. Poll the other 29 MLB managers on the question and I’d be surprised by 6% saying replace Cox. (But what do MLB managers know about baseball that folks who’ve never been to the big leagues without a ticket know anyway?)

Space Monkey

June 23rd, 2009
9:58 am

Bobby has been a great in-season manager for the Braves. But he never realized the importance of one game in a post-season series. That’s why Torre skunked him. Torre knew that every game counted. Torre wouldn’t hang on to a faltering pitcher just because he said he still had some left. If the guy was gassed, Torre yanked him. More importantly, Torre went with the hot hand, rather than the lefty-righty percentages. How many times did Cox pull a great hitter just because of a lefty-lefty matchup and replace him with a banjo hitter instead. Those are my two greatest criticisms of Cox: He stuck with pitchers way too long in critical games and he’s a slave to lefty-righty BS. Any smart manager knows you can force him to yank one of his best players by just announcing that you are bringing in a journeyman left-hander.

BugKiller

June 23rd, 2009
9:59 am

Bobby Cox remains, for all the evidence provided ad naseum, the single most overrated manager in the history of baseball.

And the single worst postseason manager in the history of baseball.

Weak sauce, Mark. Weak sauce.

BOB WICKMAN

June 23rd, 2009
9:59 am

THIS IS GARBAGE. I SHOULD STILL BE ON THIS TEAM

abudefdef

June 23rd, 2009
9:59 am

Ted Striker…awesome comment I must say…

I still vote for NEON DEON, bring some personality and speed!!!

J/K, I’m a HUGE Bobby Cox fan, even though I wish the Braves would RUN more (when we do get on base, that is)

Larry

June 23rd, 2009
10:02 am

Ted,

Of course the other Managers like Cox as they hope to meet him in the postseason where he is the easist to outmanage among their peers. What’s so hard for you to understand here? Joe Torre just loeves Bobby Cox!

Last night’s game is the perfect game fo Bobby Cox where he gets shutout pitching and is left only to make the most obvious decision–filling out the lineup card before the game and then pulling the starter after he tires.

BUT, just watch the next three series when Bobby is forced to think now and then and get back to me next week, okay?

Blackberry Cobbler

June 23rd, 2009
10:05 am

Why is it ok to applaud Cox and give him the credit for all the good years but then not blame him for the decline in recent years? If he gets the credit when things are good then he also has to accept the blame when things are not so good. It’s always a 2-way street.

BugKiller

June 23rd, 2009
10:06 am

And it’s not that I believe I could do a better job than Cox, Mark.

But I know who WOULD have done a better job than Cox:

Joe Torre

Tito Francona

Sparky Anderson

Cito Gaston

Tony LaRussa

Whitey Herzog

Tom Kelly

Jim Leyland

Lou Pinella

Dusty Baker

Buck Schowalter

Jim Fregosi

… and dozens, dozens more.

Shoot, Mark… you give BOBBY VALENTINE the teams Cox had in the 1990’s, and HE wins more than one World Series.

BOBBY VALENTINE!!!

Bobby Cox was handed some of the greatest teams in the history of baseball, and squandered every bit of potential they had come October.

Why?

Because he refused to change his approach. He refused to see that October is DIFFERENT than April.

How many hot bats did he leave on the bench?

How many light-hitting veterans did he leave in the line-up?

How many idiotic platoons did he stick Ryan Klesko in?

How many times did he run Glavine and Maddox out there as his No. 1 & 2 pitchers when HISTORY showed us that in October, those two corner nibblers were .500 pitchers?

How many times did the BEST October pitcher in the history of baseball only get to pitch once, maybe twice in a series?

Mark, do you know what Einstein says about insanity?

It’s doing the same thing, over and over, the same way every time, but expecting a different result each time.

Bobby Cox in October is the DEFINITION of insanity.

BugKiller

June 23rd, 2009
10:10 am

Oh, and Mark, ONLY Bobby Cox could take some of the greatest teams in baseball history and lose to guys like BRUCE BOCHY and PHIL GARNER.

Slap Hitter

June 23rd, 2009
10:11 am

Yeah Lou Pinella would have done a better job…… How many titles has he won with the Cubs who have an abundance of talent and 1 of the highest payrolls in the game. Your just a hater. lucky for us nobody who matters and makes decisions cares what you think

Daniel

June 23rd, 2009
10:11 am

the people that complain about Cox have the same tired arguments, and it is really quite boring. There is NOTHING new to this discussion. The only stone left unturned is what Cox has meant to Atlanta sports and its fans. I mean to say that it is because of Bobby Cox that Atlanta is no longer referred to as Loserville. He is the single most responsible figure for bringing an attitude and awareness of winning to Atlanta and for all the Pro sports teams here. Those that continue to complain about him, do so from the position of fans that are used to winning BECAUSE HE PROVIDED THE WINNING. As you stated earlier Mark, some of the players on this team who are not performing operate from a position of being winners even though they have done nothing to earn that legacy. In general, sports fans are very short-sighted with short attention spans. Quite egotistical as well. To continue to bash Cox, and think that you are being interesting and rebelious in doing so, is asinine. It really just makes you sound like a spoiled brat. So quit it, please.

Larry

June 23rd, 2009
10:13 am

BugKiller,

You, Sir, have courage!

However, be most careful here, as your facts may tend to interfere with a good story for old Mark and some baseball goobers on here who worship Bobby and gaze with utmost admiration at the unparalleled depths of his nasal mining.

Larry

Mark Bradley

June 23rd, 2009
10:15 am

Charlie Leibrandt won 15 games in both 1991 and 1992, each time with an ERA of under 3.50. Tell me: What better option, as his fourth (in 1991) and fifth (1992) pitcher of the night, did Cox have than a 15-game winner in extra innings of Game 6 of a World Series? Sandy Koufax? Well, duh. But he wasn’t on the roster.

Tell me: Who should Cox have used?

(FYI: In 1992, Cox didn’t bring in Leibrandt to work the 11th inning. He entered the game at the start of the 10th. Worked a scoreless inning, in other words.)