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Jerry Manuel mishandled Jon Niese last night

Jun 23, 2010, 9:05 AM EDT

Because of (a) a rain delay; and (b) the fact that the Tigers couldn’t get the Mets out last night, Jon Niese ended up going an hour and a half between his last pitch of the third inning and his first pitch in the fourth. The delay was consequential: The Tigers couldn’t touch Niese for the first three innings last night, but after the delay he gave up six runs on seven hits.

I’m assuming the reason Jerry Manuel sent Niese out was because he was staked to a 10-0 lead and, with a couple innings more, he would have gotten the easy win. In fact he ended up with a no-decision, unable to make it through five.  Here’s Manuel on what happened:

“I thought what hurt him was trying to be careful with the lead knowing
he only had to go a couple more innings. He was throwing his
pitches for strikes but at the end he was just trying to get by. I
thought it was a great learning experience for him.”

Sure, being careful was what hurt him. It had nothing to do with going cold in the long delay and coming back with zero life in his arm, all because the manager thought it was important for him to get a little W on the back of his baseball card.

Apropos of nothing, I was reading a pretty neat article in the New York Times yesterday about something called the Dunning-Kruger Effect, which is a condition in which an incompetent person is unaware of his own incompetence. It’s not clear from the article if becoming aware that you are unaware of your own incompetence solves the problem, but it may be worth sliding the article under Jerry Manuel’s door all the same.

  1. BC - Jun 23, 2010 at 9:23 AM

    Manuel is a moron. I don’t care what the team’s record is. The guy is INCOMPETENT. Unfortunately the team hasn’t sucked bad enough this year to get him canned. Elmer Fudd would be an upgrade. (It’s wabbit season, you know).

  2. Benny Blanco - Jun 23, 2010 at 9:51 AM

    So Manuel is the first manager to send his pitcher back out to try to get 6 more outs after a rain delay?
    BC – self hating Met fan.

  3. aleskel - Jun 23, 2010 at 9:54 AM

    The bizarre part about this is that Jim Leyland did the smart move of pulling Verlander after the delay, and the Mets commentators complimented the decision. They said that Verlander was too valuable to put back out there and risk injury!
    Also, god only knows what the mound conditions were like, and Niese has had multiple leg injuries in his young career. Just a stupid, stupid move by Manuel.

  4. BC - Jun 23, 2010 at 10:04 AM

    Manuel is a dumb a$$. Regardless of how much I hate myself, I hate him more. The dude is the reincarnation of Ray Handley. Please PLEASE Mr. Wilpon can Manuel and Omar!

  5. YankeesfanLen - Jun 23, 2010 at 10:09 AM

    Love that NYT article- to apply that to the subject at hand, ol’Jerry has all his decisions as something to do with unknown unknowns and he is guided by Omar who also works in that sphere, so you have an unknown multiplier effect somewhere around the square root of the speed of light.
    And here we were getting away with just calling them goofy.

  6. Buccofan - Jun 23, 2010 at 12:07 PM

    Duck season!

  7. Funzo - Jun 23, 2010 at 12:11 PM

    By the by, the author of that article, Errol Morris, is a pretty spectacular documentarian, too. Smart guy.

  8. dabarber - Jun 23, 2010 at 1:43 PM

    First time here. I guess your the “Mike Florio” of baseball? Cute.

  9. Craig Calcaterra - Jun 23, 2010 at 1:44 PM

    No. He’s the Craig Calcaterra of football.

  10. The Rabbit - Jun 23, 2010 at 3:21 PM

    I probably should have read the NYT article before commenting but this is nothing new.
    I took (psychology of) management courses back in the 80’s. One of the concepts classified people/ employees/ employers in four categories on the basis of self awareness vs. results.
    I found the incompetent competent most frustrating because you usually have a complete idiot who through no conscious effort gets acceptable results. Certainly supports the chaos theory.

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