Terry Francona has often described his managerial by saying he wants to put players in the best position possible to succeed.
Which sounds pretty esoteric.
It wouldnt seem smart to put guys in spots to fail (though it does happen).
But spend a few days with Francona in Goodyear and instances arise that demonstrate what the Indians new manager means. The examples relate to individuals and to the team as a whole, and should be taken in the context that Francona said he always wants to have a reason for what he does.
Consider his thoughts on third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall, a 24-year-old former first-round draft pick. Chisenhall should be a promising player given where he is in his development and his draft status. This season, he gets a full chance to play third.
Last season, he started in AAA because the Indians wanted Jack Hannahan to play third. Chisenhall makes errors, but he also gets to balls. And in limited time last season he had a .741 OPS, with the league average for third b...