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  1. So is the title a dig at the media being unable to tell Bob Melvin and Doug Melvin apart of just another example of it?

    Comment by Rob — May 8, 2009 @ 9:50 am

  2. I wish I were that clever.

    Comment by R.J. Anderson — May 8, 2009 @ 9:54 am

  3. I just took a look at Danny Haren’s page, but is he really not throwing his slider anymore?

    Comment by BS — May 8, 2009 @ 10:31 am

  4. Was it as recently as the end of the ’07 season that the media, having just discovered Pythagoras, was crowning Melvin as some kind of genius?

    Comment by joser — May 8, 2009 @ 10:36 am

  5. Voltron. Awesome.

    Comment by arch support — May 8, 2009 @ 11:36 am

  6. At first, R.J, I thought you were using “Doug Melvin” as a verb to express your disgust with the Diamondbacks – sort of like saying “the Diamondbacks can go to hell!” – perhaps over their benching of Justin Upton earlier in the season. I know his brother on the Rays getting benched for laziness was a torment of yours (not sure how justified it was in BJ’s case, but I know it Justin’s benching was nowhere close to justified). Any idea what role Upton played in this?

    Comment by Decatur — May 8, 2009 @ 12:14 pm

  7. I, too, thought the Justin Upton treatment was beyond silly, but you certainly can’t argue with the results right now. If only it was so easy to motivate all the rest of the hitters on this team. I know Conor Jackson is pressing bigtime (increase in K’s, decrease in walks, both despite seeing as many pitches as he regularly does and he looks like he’s pressing up there, too). Someone really needs to have a sit-down with Chris Young. He is an absolute guess hitter, and he has no idea how to formulate a good guess. Year after year I watch as he lets the best pitches in an at bat pass him by while he swings at an almost guaranteed out when he finally does take the bat off his shoulders. He and Upton were eerily similar in their approach last year, but now it appears that Upton has found a gameplan at the plate while Young still flails away at awful pitch selection.

    Comment by Bodhizefa — May 8, 2009 @ 1:11 pm

  8. I’m not really sure what Melvin could have done differently. Mariners fans were generally pretty happy with him (especially in hindsight after McLaren and Hargrove).

    Re: Wedge – It was kind of cruel how the Red Sox commentators were making fun of the Indians’ bullpen during that 12 run inning yesterday. “We’d heard the Indians bullpen was bad but… it can’t be this bad, can it?”

    Comment by Evan — May 8, 2009 @ 3:43 pm

  9. I think Dave Samson would be a better verb for that.

    Comment by Evan — May 8, 2009 @ 3:44 pm

  10. Not sure what Bob Melvin could have done differently? Really?

    How about not consistently putting Justin Upton in a position to fail (batting him 8th for no apparent reason, then moving him around to 46,382 different spots each and every day). How about not playing musical chairs with a 21-year old monster, just so that you can get consistent at-bats from…Eric Byrnes. How about actually learning how to handle a pitching staff?

    How about the ridiculous inability to effectively use splits to make matchup decisions. If you’re going to use stats, good lorn man use them the right way. Did anyone catch Melvin a couple of weeks ago bringing in lefty Scott Schowenweiss to face Mike Cameron? Melvin justified this by saying that Cameron was “hitting righties significantly better than lefties this year”. Sure, Bob, let’s use the flukey LHP/RHP stats of Mike Cameron over 20 games of this season rather than…oh you know, maybe his lifetime numbers against lefties and righties. That was the hapless, hopeless justification of man who did not have a clue what he was doing.

    There are other things, too. The insistence on getting “proven veterans”TM into the game for no good reason (see Clark, Tony). Melvin was just a clown, with no idea how to manage young baseball players. You don’t help Justin Upton develop by making him worry each day over whether Eric Byrnes might be stealing his start, or putting him in the 8-hole when you do play him (while Chris Young flailed away in the 2/3 holes).

    Comment by Coby DuBose — May 10, 2009 @ 8:58 am

  11. It’s funny how the numbers are only wrong when they disagree with you. If they had finished 11 games worse than expected you know they’d all be crying bad luck.

    “But…but Pythagoras!”

    Comment by Mr. Heckles — May 11, 2009 @ 6:03 am

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