I've already written one mea culpa for criticizing the Cardinals' hiring of Mike Matheny, who had no previous managing experience.
Here comes another.
Heck, maybe it's time for me to just go all-in on the no-experience guys. Given the respective successes of Matheny and the White Sox's Robin Ventura in their first seasons, it would be difficult to question the Red Sox if they took a chance on Brad Ausmus. I'd probably draw the line if the Rockies hired Jason Giambi. But really, what the heck do I know anymore?
Matheny, as the Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak anticipated, is growing month by month, series by series, day by day. Indeed, his aggressive decision-making in the Cardinals' 3-1 victory over the Giants in Game 3 of the National League Championship Series on Wednesday night would have made Tony La Russa proud.
I didn't love Matheny's strategy because it worked; a manager looks smart only when his players execute. No, I loved Matheny's strategy because it demonstrat...