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When Is A Future Hall Of Fame Manager Not Missed?

April 20, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 175

The 2011 magical run to the World Series Championship by the St. Louis Baseball Cardinals, orchestrated by future Hall of Fame baseball manager, Tony La Russa, could hardly be classified as boring.

It's yet to be seen, but historians very well may describe the Cardinals 2011 season the greatest baseball story ever told, only compared to the 1964 season which saw the Phillies completely collapse, blowing a huge lead to the same St. Louis Cardinals, who went on to defeat the mighty New York Yankees for the World Championship.

Despite being World Champions, the off season, saw what many would have considered the total destruction, of the Cardinals baseball team. The team lost the greatest baseball player currently playing the game, Albert Pujos, a free agent, to the California Angels of the American league. People can argue other players will step up and replace Pujos, but in reality his.300% + lifetime batting average, 30 home runs and 100 + RBIs a season will most likely Not be replicated by any single player.

However, no player is irreplaceable, so Pujos' production, although missed, will be compensated for in other ways. The real issue is the loss, through retirements, of the Cardinals long time manager Tony La Russa and pitching coach, Dave Duncan.

These are the two most critical management / coaching positions on a baseball team, responsible for the operation and entire character of the team. A manager, even of a MLB team, along with his right hand man, the pitching coach, molds the players and determines the level of their abilities through the manager's philosophy of how the game should be played.

Based on the loss of the best player in baseball, a future Hall of Fame manager and most likely a future Hall of Fame pitching coach, the fans' 2012 baseball season should be as exciting as watching paint dry.

Obviously the Cardinal ownership wrote off the 2012 season as a "maturing experience" by hiring Mike Matheny as the new manager, making him not only the youngest manager in the MLB, but also the only one with absolutely zero, nada, none managing experience.

But, what the heck. How would you replace a Hall of Famer? How in deed. Matheny may have figured it out. He brought a new and exciting brand of baseball to St. Louis not seen since the days of "Whitey Ball," named after the beloved former Cardinal manager, Whitey Herzog.

Although sounding contradictory, La Russa's style of managing was, for lack of better words, boring. You can't argue with results, "Hall of Fame," but just as the Colorado river carved out the Grand Canyon, the end results is more exciting than the process.

Matheny brings a Youthful feel and excitement back to the game. The last decade saw the Cardinals finishing near or at the bottom of the MLB in stolen bases, however, the first two weeks of the season has seen the Cardinals acting more like jack rabbits than base to base runners. Although always aggressive on the base paths, courtesy of third base coach, Jose Oquendo, but Matheny seems anxious to provide Oquendo with more challenges than ever before.

The season has barely begun so passing judgment on the Cardinal's chances to repeat as world champions is highly premature, but one thing seems settled. The Cardinals, under Mike Matheny, win or lose, will provide an exciting and entertaining form of baseball.

Not to be ignorant, but Tony who?

Jim Bain, former Minor league baseball player and member of "Baseball Coaches of America" shares his advice on baseball coaching baseball drills on his exciting info packed website: http://www.learn-youth-baseball-coaching.com

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