Let’s add Jason Schmidt to the list of pitchers who’ve had their season end prematurely. Amazingly, Felipe Alou seemed to think that Schmidt over-ruling his coaches and trainers directions, and throwing five innings with an already injured groin was the right stuff.
…. “I believe Schmitty has really become a complete pitcher,” Giants manager Felipe Alou said. “He can pitch with really good stuff or what he had yesterday, control.”
Just like the old days, right, Felipe? Schmidt disregarded his health, his trainer, pitching coach and manager…. he thought it’d be embarassing to take himself out because of an injury, and no one seems to notice that the inmates are running the asylum.
One reason, (perhaps the most important reason) you bother to have coaches and managers is because, for the most part, it’s impossible to see the whole picture when you are concentrating on doing your particular job. With the 2005 Giants, the coaches aren’t seeing the whole picture at all. They are consistently missing the forest for the trees, and for the life of me, I can’t believe that no one in a position of responsibility notices how much of the team’s problems can be traced to this issue.