Rizzo should put a chess and checkers board in front of each candidate and see which candidates can play the game of chess which is all about thinking many moves ahead and is said to be one of the few games which has very little luck associated with it.
This is one of the greatest quotes I’ve ever heard in a comparison of managers, Riggleman who worked for years in the St. Louis Cardinals organization before he was hired also knew how you beat LaRussa in that your players must outplay his players aka EXECUTION:
Riggleman in 2010 as Nats manager said, “Once the game starts, [LaRussa’s] a master. He’s just outstanding. I think in terms of preparation and all of that, he’s at the top of the list right now in baseball. He’s a great motivator and great strategist. [LaRussa’s] playing chess. I’m playing checkers. But he’s really good. He knows his talent. He knows your talent. He knows who he’s playing two days from now. He’s got it all in there. You’re not going to get anything by him. You just manage your team the best you can and hope your players outplay his players.”
Jim Riggleman was correct on LaRussa who retired as a World Series champ which was his 3rd of his career in the 6 times he got to the WS. LaRussa won in both the AL and the NL. It also exposed Riggleman who let us know he was just playing checkers. Matt Williams was playing checkers in Game 2 in 2014 and many times in 2015. Davey Johnson was a chess player many years ago, but his game wasn’t as sharp at 69 years old in 2012 or at 70 years old in 2013 .
Jeff Banister said after last night’s game that he isn’t looking for 9th, 8th, 7th, 6th guys, he’s looking for matchups. Again, that’s fine when Diekman and Dyson are on their game and even the best plans backfire. Banister sat his starter Gallardo after only 5 innings and brought in his 1st reliever (Kela) with a 4-2 lead who gave up a HR to the first batter he faced to make the score 4-3 and the 2nd batter missed a HR next to the leftfield foul pole by about 24 inches. Luck or execution or both? Kela settled down and then the Texas bullpen did take over however the Blue Jays were playing without Bautista and Donaldson.
Think back to Game 2 of the playoffs in 2014. If Drew Storen came in with 2 outs and got Buster Posey out in the 9th inning, the story would be Matt Williams made a ‘brilliant move’ or they would say ‘the risky move paid off’. That’s how it works when a player executes; however, when that same decision doesn’t work it becomes a dumb move or was it? Was it playing chess or checkers because the game was still 1-0 and Posey was on 1st and Panik was on 2nd with 2 outs and it became the next move which was the game changer as Pablo Sandoval stepped into the box with the game on the line batting lefthanded which was his much stronger side at the time by almost a 120 point margin. What would LaRussa have done in that same situation? Would he have left JZim in to finish the 9th or pulled him for Storen? Would LaRussa leave Storen in to face Sandoval?
Chess or checkers, and hope your players outplay his players. Thanks for that Jim Riggleman.