Further, this puts a lot of pressure on Babe keeping his personal life together and could strain his relationship with you. Babe has not been what you’d call obedient to his managers. When Carrigan imposed a rule prohibiting eating during the game, Babe sneaked around the rules, stashing food in the clubhouse for midgame snacks. That, and his late-night activity, might have worked when he wasn’t playing in three-quarters of games, but his lack of focus and his resistance to authority could get out of hand if you partially accede to his demands here. He might, for instance, decide he doesn’t want to pitch on his regular schedule anymore, leading to the sort of distractions that can cost you your clubhouse.
Back in 2016, Bell piled up 336 touches in just 12 games—an average of 28 touches a contest. Over the span of an entire 16-game slate, that would put Bell well over 400 touches.
The historical data for running backs who go over even 370 touches in a season is not kind. Most regress. Many get hurt—and Bell has played in 16 games only once in five years.
Bell was able to buck the historical trend with a huge year in 2017. Doing so again in 2018 would be even more of an anomaly.
And if Bell misses significant time, the Steelers’ chances of making it to the Super Bowl are kaput.
Over the past two seasons, Babe has been one of the three best pitchers in baseball and clearly the best left-hander. Only two pitchers have thrown more innings: Walter Johnson and Pete Alexander. Only two pitchers (Alexander and Eddie Cicotte) have lower ERAs than Babe. In that time, Ruth has allowed just two home runs, in 650 innings, the lowest rate of any pitcher.
Shurmer noted Marshall has yet to pass a physical, and is trying to get healthy. Marshall saw action in just five games last year because of an ankle injury. He struggled in those contests, registering just 154 receiving yards and no touchdowns while making a couple of critical drops. The 33-year-old has no guaranteed money for 2018, the final season of a two-year, $11-million deal he signed with the Giants as a free agent last offseason. Marshall, who’s never appeared in a playoff game, said at the end of December he wants to play two more seasons.
First off, congratulations on your excellent start to the season. We’re sure you felt some nerves taking on the managerial job in Boston this year, but you’ve guided our club to a 12-5 record and a spot atop the AL standings.