All serious baseball fans have played the role of manager in their own minds at some point or another. It's a sport that lends itself to that sort of fan participation—much more so than football, basketball, or hockey.
The game unfolds like a story and managers will react accordingly.
The other major sports are more about formations, play calling, and the use of timeouts. The average fan doesn't know a zone blitz from a calzone or a back door cut from a paper cut.
Should the starting pitcher stay in or is it time to go to the bullpen? We know just as well as the manager what to do in that situation...actually, we think we know better.
Unfortunately, over the last two decades a large amount of creativity used by managers has vanished.
Apparently, there is an unwritten rulebook that nearly every Major League skipper subscribes to. There are a number of situations that arise in games where the response appears to be robotic.
Here are five managerial strategies that have become ultra-predictable and hardly are recipes for automatic success.