It's pretty much impossible to judge if I like or dislike Fredi as a manager, because I've only seen him manage so many games so far in his career. I expect I won't be too big of a fan of his just based on me being more of a statistically based baseball person than almost every MLB manager.
My problem with Fredi is that he is trying to say that he really does look at all these numbers and says he understands the newer metrics. The problem isn't that he's saying it, but that it appears he is just making it up.
When I see quotes like this from DOB's interview, it makes me wonder how much he actually follows baseball stats.
"Q. So you’re not going to make a lineup based solely on sabermetics, on things like WAR or VORP. (Laughter.)
A. No, or – what’s the other one — DIPS? No, we’re not going to do that. Or hit the pitcher eighth. I’m not there yet."
Well, DIPS is a pitching stat, so I would hope he wouldn't base his lineup choice on a pitching stat. If he doesn't place that much faith in newer metrics when it comes to managing, that's fine. When he mentioned McLouth as a second hitter and Heyward more towards the bottom of the lineup, I started to question how much he follows newer stats too. Maybe it was somewhat in jest, but still it does alarm me a tiny bit.
It isn't a big problem to me, but I would rather him just be honest than try and appease us stat-heavy baseball people.