How can players follow a man who didn't have the power to make his own lineup early in the season? Management dictated to him that he had to start certain players, like Jeff Clement, even though Clement did nothing to earn a roster spot.
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for coaching advice.
Russell and his base coaches were no better when the team was batting. I lost count of the baserunning errors back in May. Some of these mistakes are definitely on the players, but it makes you wonder how much the manager was coaching this season.
At some point, you have to figure he lost the team and the players just zone him out. And why wouldn't they? The man has been at the helm for three years and his record is 178-292. His team has finished last in a bad division all three years (yes, I'm counting 2010) he has been in charge. The talent is not there, but at some point ownership and GM Neal Huntington have to figure that a new leader is needed.
Get Russell out of here before he hurts the future of promising youngsters like Jose Tabata, Neil Walker and Pedro Alvarez. Look at Andrew McCutchen. He showed tremendous promise last year and has been pretty good this year, but I haven't seen any growth. If anything, he has taken a small step back this season. I put a lot of that on Russell and his staff for not maximizing McCutchen's undeniable abilities.
The Pirates must make a new manager their priority in the offseason. Find a man with a history of developing and motivating young talent. I don't know enough about the managers who will be available, but I do know that Russell has to go.
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