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 Post subject: John Russell
PostPosted: Sun May 25, 2008 6:33 pm 
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I've got to say that I like what I've seen so far from John Russell. Yes, you can question his batting order sometimes, and he seems to leave his starter in the game for a few batters too many on occasion, but I'm impressed overall.

I like that he gets his bench players at bats, keeping them involved.

I LOVE the way he uses his bullpen. He is the anti-LaRussa of bullpen use, and I can think of no higher compliment. No three and four pitcher innings playing the left-right-left-right game. He'll let a pitcher go multiple innings instead of limiting him to the Jim Tracy single inning maximum.

I still haven't seen problems with players failing to hustle.

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 Post subject: Re: John Russell
PostPosted: Sun May 25, 2008 8:45 pm 
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I like him for all the same reasons. Also thinnk he offers a solid anchor for the players. No nonsense, and not emotional to a fault, plus he does seem to bring accountability to players, ie Batista being benched because he wasn't producing at bat. He got the last two starts because Mein is sick. Maybe he's ready now.
Allowing relievers to go beyond one batter and one inning is something else I like and I'm sure they do too.

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