Why I read Kyle Whelliston

His latest, from Natchitoches, La.: Fans, broadcasters, and we writers generally judge play based on expected end results, which are scores and runs and wins. On the bench, they measure performance against the plans they’ve written up -- it's an important and simple difference that’s nearly always forgotten here on the outside. If their blueprints fail, it’s a matter of accountability, and it’s a question of whether failure was a result of poor planning or bad execution. They live with the consequences on a 24/7 basis, while we have the luxury of disengaged and detached judgment.

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