I do almost all of the dumb things other baseball fans do.
I pout, I swear, I complain about the ump’s strike zone, I turn off the TV when my team falls behind in the second inning.
One thing I hardly ever do, though, is complain about the manager’s decisions. That sets me apart from about 96 percent of baseball fans.
I just feel like Don Mattingly (or any manager) really has very little influence on the outcome of a game. The players are responsible for about 99.9 percent of what happens.
Moreover, every major-league manager possesses virtually the same amount of knowledge and information. Mattingly knows as much as Mike Matheny knows as much as Joe Maddon. There’s a reason they are big-league managers. And they sure as heck know a lot more about the game than I do. So criticizing the manager is a road I just don’t travel very often.
The only thing that bugs me about Mattingly is his love affair with bunting. But even that doesn’t bother me very much.
Talent and execution by the players is what wins games. Not the manager.