Watching the Atlanta Braves vs. San Francisco Giants game last night, Bobby Cox came to the mound ready to take Lowe out with runners on 1st and 2nd. When he got there Lowe was fired up and said he wanted to stay in, so Cox left his pitcher in ( who by the way was working on a 2-hit shut-out at the time). After Lowe walked the next guy and was removed, it got me to thinking “Who hasn’t left a pitcher in, who wanted to keep the ball?” Now looking at all the reports today just killing Bobby on leaving him in, I’m amazed. As coaches we always try to put our players and teams in position to succeed. Bobby didn’t leave him out there thinking it was going to go bad, he gave his guy a chance to continue to throw and succeed for him and the team. It didn’t work-out, the Braves end up losing and their season is now over. More importantly a great manager ended his magnificent career by sticking with his guy. Bobby did that his whole career, and what a career he had. He stuck with Maddux, Glavine, Smoltz and the rest of his horses more often than other managers, which is what made him successful. Who hasn’t done exactly what Bobby did last night, it was just magnified because of the situation, and how many games and pennants has he won for the exact reason he is being criticized for now.
On another note, check-out the Sports Science piece on Aroldis Chapman and what allows him to throw the baseball 105. Great segment that includes NPA Founder Dr. Tom House http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/sportscience/index
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