Blue Jays 2011: Colby Rasmus

16 01 2012

When you think about it, what does a major league manager do to earn all that salary? It can’t be the strategy: most major league strategies are fairly obvious, and detailed record keeping can help with more subtle details such as defensive positioning. It can’t be roster management, either: it’s not that hard to figure out to rest your regulars every now and then. And even managing a pitching staff is something that any reasonably knowledgeable fan could handle: most managers leave their starters in until they’ve thrown a little over 100 pitches or they’ve given up a bunch of hits, whichever comes first. Managers don’t earn their money doing that.

The only possible justification for paying a large sum of money to a manager is for his ability to get the best out of the players who play for him. Colby Rasmus is an example: he’s a rare talent – someone who can play an above-average centre field while hitting for above-average power – but he’s rumoured to be difficult to get along with (fairly or unfairly). If Farrell can get him and the rest of the team to perform at their best, he will have earned his salary.

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