How many games can a manager win by his decision-making in a 162-game season?
I think there’s more of opportunity to win games in the National League than the American League because there are more decisions to make. A lot of times the managing decisions that you make are based on what you know about your player at a particular time of year. I think that’s a talent that a manager has to have, a feel he has to have.
Given that Joe Torre's record managing in the NL is 894-1003, it would seems there's a pretty big opportunity to lose games based on those decisions too. Maybe that's a bit harsh, but if Joe is unwilling to say that talent distribution has way, way, way more to do with winning than managerial decisions, he's walking right into such a criticism.