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Overthinking La Russa’s snub of R.A. Dickey

Jul 10, 2012, 8:55 AM EDT

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I remain firmly in the camp that Tony La Russa made a bad decision in deciding not to go with R.A. Dickey as the All-Star Game starter. The arguments for Dickey over Matt Cain are pretty clear both statistically (Dickey has been the better pitcher) and thematically (Dickey has been the better story), so I won’t rehash them.

But what there has been less-than-satisfying talk about is why La Russa made this decision.  The official line is that there are concerns about Buster Posey catching Dickey’s knuckleball, but that seems less than satisfying for a couple of reasons and is actually inconsistent with La Russa’s own statements.

Specifically, La Russa said that Dickey will still pitch in the first part of the game. Which means either (a) he’s going to have to pitch to Posey anyway; or (b) La Russa is going to pull Posey in the first part of the game and replace him with Carlos Ruiz, thereby leaving the NL with no catchers on the bench for most of the game, as they are only carrying two.  Not very La Russaian of him to be so incautious.

So, the reasoning is still nebulous. But Tony Manfred Business Insider thinks he knows why La Russa chose Matt Cain:

The baseball world sees Dickey and his knuckleball as a gimmick, an odd and fleeting path to effectiveness that automatically disqualifies him from the realm of great pitchers and places him his own separate and inferior category … The basic lesson is this: Greatness in sports is not about objective superiority, it’s about satisfying popular assumptions about what greatness ought to look like.

There’s an inherent bias against players who succeed differently.

So Dickey is being penalized, consciously or otherwise, because he doesn’t adhere to baseball orthodoxy?  That’d be a swell explanation if the man who made the decision was anyone but Tony La Russa, who has been the least orthodox great manager in baseball history.  He fundamentally changed bullpen usage. He batted his pitcher eighth. He never had any problem mixing it up with established figures in the game be they players, other managers or members of the media.  Indeed, La Russa’s m.o, would have him more likely to make some unorthodox move than anyone.

Which probably best explains the choice of Cain over Dickey.  Any old manager can pitch the best, most deserving guy to start the All-Star Game. But it takes a singular, genius-infused maverick like Tony La Russa to go with the less obvious choice.

  1. Old Gator - Jul 10, 2012 at 9:04 AM

    There’s also the small matter of honoring a guy who pitched a perfect game this season, isn’t there? I love R. A, Dickey – he is an exquisite man; let us all praise exquisite men – but La Russa made the right choice this time.

    • js20011041 - Jul 10, 2012 at 9:05 AM

      Did I miss it? Humber’s starting for the AL?

      • Old Gator - Jul 10, 2012 at 9:26 AM

        You did miss something: the rest of Humber’s season so far.

      • js20011041 - Jul 10, 2012 at 9:30 AM

        Old Gator, I didn’t miss it. That’s kind of the point. Cain is an excellent pitcher and his perfect game was great, but the perfect game alone is not sufficient reason for starting the ASG. Hence, my mention of Humber.

      • Old Gator - Jul 10, 2012 at 10:09 AM

        Fair enough – perhaps I should have been clearer in my original comments. I didn’t mean that Cain should have been selected solely on the basis of the PG, but when you factor the PG into the rest of an all-star season, in my mind it kinda tips the balance in Cain’s favor. There’s also the exhibition or, perhaps, showcase factor would be more accurate: a perfect game is rare and remarkable enough so that, when you’re ostensibly managing a display of the top talent in the game, the guy who has achieved perfection as an aspect of his overall excellent performance during the representative period gets the tallest pedestal. I’m good with that.

        And I hope that Dickey comes in in the fourth, throws three perfect innings with nine strikeouts, and gets the win.

      • jpeetey - Jul 10, 2012 at 12:51 PM

        Which is a more impressive feat, throwing 9 perfect innings or going 42 straight without giving up a run? Which has occurred more frequently in the last, I dunno, 25 years? Why shouldn’t that count for Dickey, who has also objectively pitched better than Cain by any measure this season?

      • Old Gator - Jul 10, 2012 at 3:33 PM

        Pitching a perfect game is more impressive. It’s a self-contained achievement, a finished work of art. For the same reason, a perfectly cut and polished diamond is worth more than a bigger lump of uncut carbon crystal.

    • stex52 - Jul 10, 2012 at 9:18 AM

      What’s with all the negatives? They don’t think Dickey is a great story? (they are wrong)
      Or do they all think he should start?
      Or is saying anything nice about LaRussa always going to get you thumbs down?

      Or just a bunch of cranky people?

      • stlouis1baseball - Jul 10, 2012 at 9:53 AM

        You got it Suze. Any decision TLR makes has to have a sinister motive.
        If you agree w/ him and/or say anything pleasant whatsoever you are naturally a very conniving, plotting, maniacal sorta’ person.

      • nightman13 - Jul 10, 2012 at 10:37 AM

        That’s probably because he’s an @$$hole and everybody outside of St Louis knows it.

      • cintiphil - Jul 10, 2012 at 12:21 PM

        Well, nightboy, I am definitely not a redird rooter, but I do see LaRussa as one of the best managers in history. I always wished we had him in Cinti. I try to approach the game with some sort of impartially, and thoughtfullness, while rooting for the Reds. So please stop with the foolish comments about a man who forgot more baseball than you every knew, and was very successful at it. Lets all get real about our discussions.

      • gret9 - Jul 10, 2012 at 4:34 PM

        The fact that LaRussa is the person directly responsible for the trend that now saddles teams with 13 man pitching staffs and subjects fans to 5 pitching changes every game for what has come to be clearly proven as a statistically negligible advantage is enough to earn him a thumbs down from me.

    • cerowb - Jul 10, 2012 at 9:37 AM

      Oh my God, we all just need to stop. “My guy didn’t make it!” “My guy was snubbed!” “My guy should be starting!” “My guy should have been in the home run derby!”

      For just two damn seconds…can we all just stop?

      • cur68 - Jul 10, 2012 at 11:14 AM

        New here, eh?

      • Old Gator - Jul 10, 2012 at 12:30 PM

        cerowb, I know exactly how you feel. I voted for Al Gore.

      • sabatimus - Jul 10, 2012 at 1:37 PM

        The Mothership is far worse.

      • gnyj85 - Jul 10, 2012 at 2:41 PM

        D Wright got snubbed too…; )

    • 78mu - Jul 10, 2012 at 11:35 AM

      It’s not like Cain has been pitching like a certain teammate that has won two Cy Youngs. And bringing Dickey in relief can be what the Astros wanted to do pitching Joe Niekro between Nolan Ryan and J.R. Richard.

    • Kevin Gillman - Jul 10, 2012 at 1:51 PM

      As good as Cain is, and he is good, he didn’t throw back to back 1-hitters. He didn’t throw 27 consecutive scoreless innings, like Dickey did. Then again, I believed that Chris Sale is having a better season than Justin verlander, and has deserved the chance to start for the AL. But what do I know?

      • Old Gator - Jul 10, 2012 at 7:03 PM

        That’s metaphysically absurd, man. Why are you asking me what you know?

    • jmy9595 - Jul 10, 2012 at 1:57 PM

      This makes no sense. LaRussa snubs Dickey, who is clearly having a better season and has a better story to tell the worldwide viewing audience, in favor of Cain and said something about honoring a solid career? I didn’t know Cain already had 200-300 wins, jeez. The implication is that Dickey has not had a great career (I’d beg to differ if you look at what he’s overcome and achieved at the ripe age of 37) and is a flash in the pan who shouldn’t be honored for one great year. Meanwhile you say Cain should be honored FOR ONE GAME???

      • Old Gator - Jul 10, 2012 at 3:36 PM

        There’s no such “implication,” and Dickey wasn’t “snubbed.” He’ll pitch and unlike Cain he’ll be qualified to get the win. Some “snub.” And Cain wasn’t picked for “one game,” he was picked for the total achievement of his season so far. And that wasn’t “one game” – it was a perfect game.

    • skids003 - Jul 10, 2012 at 2:43 PM

      I agree Old Gator. Besides, when did “thematics” become a prerequisite for who is pitching best? Let’s just let the “writers” decide who plays and wins next time. Damn, I’m beginning to believe the only thing smarter than a political writer is a baseball writer.

  2. js20011041 - Jul 10, 2012 at 9:04 AM

    I have a lot of respect for LaRussa as a manager and the fact that he has been a free thinker when it comes to baseball, but he is going to completely overmanage this game. The All-Star game should be about putting the best talent on the field and letting them play. I love small ball as much as anyone in the world, but how many sac bunts are we going to see? I am willing to put money on him putting on a hit and run with Votto at the plate.

    • mrfloydpink - Jul 10, 2012 at 9:17 AM

      LaRussa has always been far too impressed with himself and his own intelligence/experience/wisdom. I, for one, am glad that tonight will be the last we hear from him as a manager.

      • rondibjwu - Jul 10, 2012 at 4:02 PM

        Yes, I agree, who needs him to grace us with his appearance. Stay retired.

    • stlouis1baseball - Jul 10, 2012 at 9:55 AM

      No doubt JS. With the way Votto puts wood on the ball I wouldn’t doubt he starts the runners.
      Great hitters don’t mind. Albert used to thrive on it. So it wouldn’t surprise me one bit.

      • js20011041 - Jul 10, 2012 at 10:11 AM

        Look, I love the hit and run. I love small ball. But you don’t hit and run with Pujols or Votto. You let those guys swing the bat and hit homeruns. If you have a high contact singles hitter, I’m all for the play, but it has to be done in the right situation and with the right players.

      • koufaxmitzvah - Jul 10, 2012 at 10:48 AM

        My opinion is to the contrary. If my 1st or 2nd batters are on base– the fastest and a fast enough runner, respectively– I want to set them in motion for the 3rd batter. 3rd batter is my best or second best hitter average and clutch-wise. Open some holes on the infield. Keep the other team guessing.

        Granted it’s no longer the ’80s when the only thing that slowed runners on the basepaths were gold medallions. But I’d like to see more running in today’s game.

    • stlouis1baseball - Jul 10, 2012 at 10:44 AM

      Pujols and Votto are HITTERS. Sure…they hit a lot of homeruns. But make no mistake…the dudes are hitters. They put wood on the ball consistently. People see all those homeruns and mistakenly think they are homerun hitters. However, both guys will tell you they are line drive hitters. Albert doesn’t care one bit if you move the runners with him up. He hits. He takes avantage of those holes. He can hit behind the runners with the best of them. Joey hits to the opposite field better than anyone in my opinion. They are hitters. Moving the runners with guys who consistently put good wood on the ball puts the defense at a decided diss-advantage.
      It opens holes…creates havoc. I hope he has dudes running all over the place.

      • js20011041 - Jul 10, 2012 at 11:19 AM

        You are mistaking entertaining baseball for effective baseball. I love see guys running around the bases. I love stolen bases, hit and runs, and squeeze bunts. They have their place, but it’s not with a guy like Pujols or Votto at the plate. You are talking about guys who not only have the power to hit the ball out of the ballpark, but also have OBPs greater than .400. While, yes, it’s possible that Pujols or Votto could find a hole on the hit and run and wind up with 1st and 3rd, but the more likely scenario is a ground ball at a defender with the result being essentially a sac bunt. In doing that, you not only take on the risks inherent with the hit and run (batter misses the pitch and the runner gets thrown out, or line drive double play) but you are also eliminating the possibility of them hitting for power or walking. It is a terrible play with a power hitter at the plate.

    • stlouis1baseball - Jul 10, 2012 at 11:33 AM

      “It is a terrible play with a power hitter at the plate.”
      But that’s just it JS. They are NOT power hitters. They are line drive hitters who happen to have power. Both dudes consistently put good wood on the ball. They make solid contact. You hit and run with your best hitters. Not your power hitters. Power hitters have far more of an “all or nothing” outcome. Hitters make consistent contact…have low K numbers. Again…put consistent wood on the ball. When you put consistent wood on the ball…and hit and run…it leaves you with far more chances of having defenders out of place (i.e….creates holes in the defense). Again…they are not power hitters. It has nothing to do with entertainment. Although your point is taken in that it is entertaining to hit and run.
      We are going to have to agree to disagree on this one JS.

  3. dawgpoundmember - Jul 10, 2012 at 9:04 AM

    oh lay off la russa cranky craig

  4. stex52 - Jul 10, 2012 at 9:07 AM

    Is it really that big a dis? Understand, I think that the ASG is a waste of time. If Dickey had not been included on the team it would have been a travesty. But is there really that much distinction in who pitches first? It’s not like Cain is chopped liver.

    I kind of go with your title. You are overthinking.

  5. uwsptke - Jul 10, 2012 at 9:07 AM

    I just keep telling myself, “Buck up buttercup. After tonight, TLR can’t hurt us anymore.”

  6. dlindstedt2 - Jul 10, 2012 at 9:16 AM

    Leave La Russa alone, he has eye herpes. He doesn’t know what he is doing, and let me remind you of this again…

    EYE HERPES

    • Old Gator - Jul 10, 2012 at 9:28 AM

      So what’s wrong with that? I like snakes and lizards too.

  7. natslady - Jul 10, 2012 at 9:19 AM

    How about, LaRussa is trying to win the game? P.S., every All-Star game is “over-managed” by definition, you are there with stud pitchers and hitters, why not use them?

  8. Detroit Michael - Jul 10, 2012 at 9:22 AM

    Left unsaid by this post is that LaRussa’s thinking is correct. Three months of performance does not immediately change our opinions of who is the better player. The updated ZIPs projections show a slight lead for Cain in ERA and the rest of the season PECOTA projections show a very large lead for Cain in ERA over Dickey. Factor in unearned runs and the lead increases. The best methods we have for measuring talent levels don’t react suddenly to a three-month performance spike.

    I agree that Dickey makes a better narrative, but I find it hard to really criticize LaRussa’s choice.

    • js20011041 - Jul 10, 2012 at 9:26 AM

      I would agree with you, but Melky Cabrera, Pablo Sandoval, Rafael Furcal, and Dan Uggla are starting for the NL. It hasn’t been an ALL-STAR game for years.

      • stlouis1baseball - Jul 10, 2012 at 9:57 AM

        You can thank the fans for that starting lineup JS.

      • paperlions - Jul 10, 2012 at 10:03 AM

        Exactly, because some poor decisions were made by someone else doesn’t mean you throw in the towel and make more poor decisions.

        PS: You forgot Buster Posey on your list, he is a distant 3rd in terms of NL catchers.

      • yahmule - Jul 10, 2012 at 11:32 AM

        Melky Cabrera was a poor choice for this year’s NL All Star team?

      • ugglasforearms - Jul 10, 2012 at 1:00 PM

        It would be soooo cool if the NL pounded the AL this year.

      • jasonburg - Jul 10, 2012 at 5:49 PM

        Sorry, stopped reading after the part where you said the guy with the most hits in the major leagues by a significant margin (and second highest batting average in MLB) doesn’t deserve to be in the all-star game. Hello?

  9. chumthumper - Jul 10, 2012 at 9:24 AM

    The ASG is a waste of time and only an exhibition; it has relevance only because Bud says it does. If it really meant something, then starters wouldn’t be on the first plane out of town by the 4th inning. There would be a hell of lot more effort in trying to secure home field advantage. Consequently, it matters not who starts or who is even on the roster.

  10. CJ - Jul 10, 2012 at 9:30 AM

    While I totally agree I can see it both ways somewhat. The NL might have a bigger advantage with a knuckleballer coming out of the pen, forcing the AL to make the huge adjustment in speeds. It’s easier to adjust up than down.

    • ptfu - Jul 10, 2012 at 10:16 AM

      Dickey in the pen gives two speed adjustments–when he comes in and when he is removed. Granted, the effect will be muted as the AL hitters will be frequently replaced, but still. Cain’s a beast who throws hard enough, then a total change of pace with Dickey, who’s replaced by a flamethrower like Chapman. Can’t be fun to watch knucklers from the on-deck circle, and then triple digit heat from the batter’s box.

      Have fun, Posey and Chooch :-)

      • 78mu - Jul 10, 2012 at 11:22 AM

        That was my thinking. A change of pace like dickey between two hard throwers seems the best way to use a knuckler than starting him. The subs will dampen the effect but it’s better than nothing and goodness knows TLR will do anything for the smallest of small edges.

  11. ottomanismydog - Jul 10, 2012 at 9:35 AM

    This is just another case in the long history of La Russa being La Russa.

    • paperlions - Jul 10, 2012 at 10:05 AM

      Actually, it is just another case in the long history of people talking too much about minor decisions TLR makes because they think they may have made a different decision. While I was never a big fan of TLR as the Cardinal manager, he does make his own decisions rather than bending to popular opinion (which is usually wrong anyway).

  12. dexterismyhero - Jul 10, 2012 at 9:40 AM

    Hey Tony. Can you pull your car to the side of the road please. You’re blocking traffic. Hello. Tony. Tony.

  13. F14TRex.com - Jul 10, 2012 at 9:49 AM

    Okay, there’s a common sense answer to this that is right in front of the faces of the people being paid to analyze this game, and yet they none of them see it. Tony choosing Cain over Dickey is not some back-door conspiracy as alleged by Craig and the guy he linked to; there’s a much simpler answer. It’s because both pitchers have done amazingly well this year and both are viable options for the NL starter, but Cain got the edge because Posey will be the starting catcher no matter what.

    So Cain in effect becomes the better choice since he’ll be operating with a catcher that knows how he pitches and works with him well as opposed to Dickey, whom Buster would likely have considerable difficulty catching. And since the starter usually pitches more innings than anyone else, it was the best move for Tony to pick Cain even if he isn’t the best starter in the NL because of that battery mate advantage that the AL won’t have. (That’s why it’s not a “snub,” Tony doesn’t care who the best starter in the NL has been this year, he’s trying to win.)

    • F14TRex.com - Jul 10, 2012 at 9:58 AM

      Also, Ruiz would have just as much difficulty catching the knuckler, so it makes no sense for him to be pulled in order to accommodate Dickey.

      Tony does’t do things just to be different. He’s stuck around this long because he’s actually good at what he does, and those that shove him into the generalized “he cerebrally over-manages” box clearly haven’t spent the time figuring out why he does what he does.

      • bob3612 - Jul 10, 2012 at 10:41 AM

        Uh, if Ruiz would have just as much difficulty catching the knuckler, that takes away the “Posey can’t catch Dickey” argument in favor of Cain.

      • F14TRex.com - Jul 10, 2012 at 10:43 AM

        I agree. But that’s not the argument I’m stating, is it?

    • stlouis1baseball - Jul 10, 2012 at 9:59 AM

      Trex: Shhhhhhh! Don’t point at the fact that he is trying to win the game. It’s all a big conspiracy!

  14. srgntyork - Jul 10, 2012 at 10:01 AM

    To the auther of this article and anyone else. When your resume reads like this you can question Tony’s moves but until then just sit back and watch him get the wins!!

    La Russa ranks third in major league history in victories (2,728), trailing only Connie Mack (3,731) and John McGraw (2,763). He managed 5,097 games, joining Mack as the second manager or coach in American sports history to reach 5,000 games.[9][10][11] In 2004, he became the sixth manager in history to win pennants with both American and National League teams; in 2006 he became the first manager ever to win multiple pennants in both leagues and the second manager to win the World Series in both leagues. La Russa has also joined Mack as the second manager to win World Series titles in three decades and to win pennants in four. He is one of only four managers to be named Manager of the Year in both of baseball’s major leagues.

    • paperlions - Jul 10, 2012 at 10:11 AM

      He’s also 2nd all time in loses and has an unremarkable winning % considering the talent he’s had on his teams.

      • nightman13 - Jul 10, 2012 at 10:42 AM

        And the amount of juicers he had on his teams too.

      • paperlions - Jul 10, 2012 at 10:47 AM

        Yeah, because 1000s of players weren’t juicing for decades *eyeroll*. Just because he had a couple of the most famous juicers doesn’t even mean he had the most juicers on the teams he managed. Besides the big 2, who else from his teams were identified in any of the reports?

      • stex52 - Jul 10, 2012 at 11:42 AM

        I am neither a TLR lover nor hater. I don’t think I would like him in person, but a lot of ballplayers I respect do.

        But I don’t want to fall into the trap of blaming the manager too much for winning or losing. He got to win a lot because GM’s thought he was good enough to manage championship calibre teams. He lost a lot because players lost a lot of games.

        In general a manager is there to manage the bullpen, make the lineups, and not screw up the team. I would say TLR was better than most in those respects, although he did tend to overmanage bullpens.

  15. Jonny 5 - Jul 10, 2012 at 10:22 AM

    Ummm, Or maybe LaRussa just thinks Cain is a better pitcher than Dickey is? Is it that far of a stretch to think Cain is better really? I don’t think so. Is it enough of a stretch to concoct a story about “why” he did it? I’d say no, it’s not. I’d also say Tony Manfred doesn’t know what LaRussa is thinking and should just stop with fabricating stories. The fact is more than likely that LaRussa picked Cain because he thinks he is better, plain and simple.

  16. nobody78 - Jul 10, 2012 at 10:30 AM

    The call between Cain and Dickey is very, very close, to my mind. Here are the numbers:

    Dickey: 12-1, 120.0 Innings, 26 BB, 123 K, 2.40 ERA
    Cain: 9-3, 120.1 Innings, 24 BB, 118 K, 2.62 ERA

    Outside of wins, those numbers are very close… and I think Cain has to get some extra credit for the perfect game and a far, far stronger record of performance, pre-2012. Also, Cain has a good shot at being the best pitcher in the NL over the next 5 years. Dickey has a shot too, I suppose, but at 37 years old it’s far less likely.

    My point is not that I think there’s a clear case for Cain – in fact, I’d probably go with Dickey too. But there’s a perfectly reasonable case to be made for Cain, and you don’t need to assume that La Russa is either too orthodox or too willfully un-orthodox to make sense of his decision.

    • sabatimus - Jul 10, 2012 at 10:38 AM

      No. No. No. That second paragraph shows precisely why being an all star doesn’t matter–a lot of people still base voting on what the player did in prior years, and here we have someone actually using what Cain MIGHT do in the next 5 years as a buffer to the argument…in a league that has Stephen Strasburg in it, among other very talented pitchers.

      And this is (presumably) La Russa’s last game ever. It seems to me he’s intentionally giving the finger to some people just because he can. Either that or he’s gone senile.

      • Jonny 5 - Jul 10, 2012 at 11:38 AM

        If you just look at the stat line posted, it’s easy to see the difference between the two pitchers is microscopic and highly debatable. So how is it giving the middle finger to pick one side or the other? LaRussa could very likely be picking the man he feels deserves it. With that said, even if that isn’t the case and you’re right, who gives a flying crap? It’s the AS game.

      • stex52 - Jul 10, 2012 at 11:45 AM

        What you said, J5.

      • nobody78 - Jul 10, 2012 at 3:05 PM

        I don’t think inclusion in the All-Star game should be decided exclusively on the basis of the first half. I think it’s legitimate to consider both past performance (think Chipper Jones) and expectation for future performance (think Bryce Harper). First half performance should be weighted most heavily, sure, but where it’s close – as is obviously the case with Cain and Dickey – I think it’s reasonable to take other considerations into account.

        Like I said, I’d pick Dickey: He’s been just a squidge better, and his story is amazing. I think, ten years from now, Dickey’s performance is likely to be one of the things people remember most about the 2012 season. But Matt Cain’s a fantastic pitcher who’s been a terrific pitcher for a couple of years, and he threw a perfect game. He’s reasonable choice.

  17. nobody78 - Jul 10, 2012 at 10:33 AM

    Also, just from the point of view of winning the game, Dickey may be tough to catch for someone who isn’t practiced at receiving knuckleballs. Though of course that will be true whether he starts or relieves.

  18. spudchukar - Jul 10, 2012 at 10:51 AM

    Why is Kyle Lohse not on the NL team?

    • paperlions - Jul 10, 2012 at 11:30 AM

      Because he used to play for Cincinnati and TLR hates Cincinnati

      • stlouis1baseball - Jul 10, 2012 at 11:35 AM

        Yep…that’s why he didn’t pick Ryan Hannigan to Catch when Yadi couldn’t make it.
        That darn LaRussa!

      • spudchukar - Jul 10, 2012 at 11:40 AM

        Good a reason as any I guess. And once again TLR and I think alike.

  19. simon94022 - Jul 10, 2012 at 11:52 AM

    Has there ever been a less interesting “controversy” than who starts the All Star Game? We are talking about an honor that nobody is going to remember 24 hours after the game is over.

  20. gotmelk - Jul 10, 2012 at 12:02 PM

    Hey New York, you mad?

    • nixonotis - Jul 10, 2012 at 3:15 PM

      I think I speak for most of the country when I say we’re not mad, just relieved the all star break is one day closer to being over with. I, like most of you, thoroughly enjoy arguing about the minutiae of the baseball season, but this homerun derby/all star game shit has got to stop.

  21. hk62 - Jul 10, 2012 at 12:31 PM

    Bochie made this call – not TLR, just like Matheny would have made the call to not have Yadier catch Dickey if he’d been able to be at the All-Star game. Doesn’t matter who likes what about the decision – the fans voted Posey in as a starter and Dickey has to wait because no way TLR (or any manager not in the NLW) would be responsible if somehow (don’t ask me how) Posey got hurt catching Dickey’s unique pitch. The managers only care that they can control this part of the situation and they can’t not have Posey start behind the plate – they don’t care about Dickey’s feelings or that he plays for NYM – the fact that Cain threw the perfecto just makes it easier to sell -

  22. El Bravo - Jul 10, 2012 at 2:50 PM

    Actually you’re all wrong. It was El Bravo. Yes, me. I wrote in to TLR and told him to pitch Cain versus Verlander because I didn’t want my two stud fantasy starters (Verlander and Dickey) going against one another…even if it doesn’t count toward my fantasy match-up. It’s just the principle of it all, man.

    Go NL!

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