Interesting theory. The Cardinals pointed to his win-loss record. And if I didn't make that clear over and over and over again that that was their argument, then it's me to not make that clear every time. There was a story I wrote about a year ago at this time that was built around his winning percentage going into his 1,000th game as manager and how good it was -- and it mentioned that the difference between a good manager and an excellent manager was not the winning percentage it was the move. A good manager can win by making reactive moves. An excellent manager makes proactive moves. The article -- and you can find it -- discussed how much Matheny had risked in his hometown by becoming manager, and how the step he had not made as a manager was that one to go from reactive to proactive.
From 2011 to 2014, they had a good team, in the playoffs -- and in 2014 Wacha happened, and there was no defending that move, so no one was. As the beat writer -- that is my job; not columnist, not Twitter personality, not fan, and only sometimes prosecuting attorney -- I did give Matheny a chance to explain it. Still, he put a pitcher in who hadn't thrown a pitch in two weeks and asked him to throw the most important pitches of the year. You can find those games stories, too.
Trust me. The coverage isn't hard to find. That is by design. We want people to read it.
Wait, I have fanboys? And they get offended? That's cool.