I want to be clear that I am not against Oquendo in any way. He was a positive addition, but the coaches who were fired were not incompetent, either. It was unrealistic for some to expect Oquendo would work miracles with mostly the same players as before.
If I had to choose, I would always take better players over better coaches, but the team’s moves that got the most attention over this last off-season were Oquendo and McGee. Too bad they are too old to play.
maybe Fowler’s degradation, Ozuna’s arm issues, and losing our starting SS to a young SS for a big chunk so far this year, losing our starting catcher, as well as constantly being forced to move around 4 guys for three spots (3b and 2b and 1b) has something to do with it
even Oquendo cant perform miracles when there is so much change happening
before all he had to do was make Skip a passable 2bman and Carp a slightly better one…all the other positions were locked down with All Stars and vets
one coach cant change a team composition and that isnt on Oquendo
To me, that Munoz has been able to take control of SS even with some hiccups is a testament to his value…not to mention Carp pand Gyorko’s more solid than people want to admit play at 3b and 2b is too
That Jmart is struggling at 1b and Fowler and Ozuna are not what we want is far from Oquendo problem or ability to solve with everything else he is doing positive