Manto Doesn’t Want Walks?

(WSCR) Cubs new president of baseball operations Theo Epstein built two World Series titles on the idea of his hitters taking as many pitches as possible.

It’s a new way of baseball that is translating into success. The idea is simple: if you take more pitches, you tire out the pitcher, creating more at-bats, ultimately leading to more runs.

New White Sox hitting coach Jeff Manto has a different view when it comes to taking pitches. telling The Mully and Hanley Show that walks set up double-play balls.

“Do we want Adam Dunn taking a ball (when it is) off the plate with a man on third and the infield back and you got (Justin) Verlander throwing and he walks him? I don’t know,” Manto said.

“What happens is that you set up the double play. If you (hit) into a double play, you get out of the inning. We give high five for taking the walk, but we have arguably the most prolific left-handed hitter in the game at the plate. He can drive that run in.”

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Still Manto is looking forward to the challenge of fixing these broken veterans.

“We got a pretty good lineup,” Manto said. “It’s just redirecting their thought process. I’m looking forward to it. I think if you take on any job in the major leagues, you have your work cut out for you. I’m extremely excited to deal with a lineup like this. It’s an explosive one, to say the least.”

After a historically bad season, Manto believes time away for Dunn will prove to be the difference.

“It is what it is. It happened,” Manto said. “The fortune thing for Adam and ourselves is that it’s in the past. I think collectively a staff, that’s how we’re going to approach it. I’m sure he was beat up pretty good all year last year. … It’s just a matter of him getting a new start, a fresh start.”

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  • Mark, Sterling

    Let’s see, Manto has how many rings? Even as a player, he played for like 32 different teams. I’ll take Theo’s process for success at this point.

  • The 4-3 Count

    Sounds like he’s been drinking the Dusty Baker kool-aid

  • Timmay

    So guys on 1st are a bad thing? I guess we don’t want any singles out of the lineup, for fear that the next batter will hit into a double-play. I understand the desire to have Dunn, or any of the other batters, drive in a guy from 3rd. But swing at ball four? How does he say that the White Sox have one of the most prolific offenses in baseball, but fear the double-play with a man on 1st?

  • chifansam

    Although i agree with the idea of taking pitches, wearing down starters and getting to the bullpen, there are many ways to win championships. The Cardinals, Giants, Phillies, Rays, and Rangers have all been successful over the past few years and their philosophies are not exactly that of the Red Sox and Yankees. The coach has to work with the players he has. Besides Dunn, the other hitters have not had a history of taking a lot of walks. You can’t change them now. Kenny will have to get new patient players to implement a new hitting philosophy.

  • Mbenzc230

    Manto’s comments exemplify the White Sox approach to hitting. It’s the reason why they have been largely mediocre offensively (and viewed as a softball team). Walks are never bad. Albert Pujols led the NL in grounding into double plays this season and still managed to drive in 99 runs and score 105 runs. The Sox need a team philosophy that doesn’t begin and end with swinging from the heels!

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  • Saberhater

    If walks are never bad, why do teams issue them on purpose at times?

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