When did it all get so crazy that a vote of confidence from your manager became the kiss of death with regard to your job? Bob Melvin told the media that he was behind Jim Johnson 100-percent and the following day, Johnson was removed from the closer job in Oakland. Cubs manager Rick Renteria pulled the same move on the North Side with Jose Veras, Bo Porter said he was leaning towards Chad Qualls in Houston and most recently, Mike Scioscia did it to Ernesto Frieri. Now obviously, none of the aforementioned names were lighting it up at the time. In fact, all were actually being lit up themselves. But what prompts a manager to announce to the world that he has complete faith in a guy only to remove him from the job within a few short days?

Sometimes studying managerial tendencies can be just as important to your fantasy baseball prep work as studying the players can be. It comes back to the old adage, “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know.” For example, if you’ve studied the...

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