‘It’s not healthy’: Hinch suggests managers eschew Twitter, Maddon agrees

There may not be a position in baseball under greater scrutiny than manager. Every decision is dissected and discussed ad nauseam, often in public forums, especially if things go poorly.

Houston Astros manager A.J. Hinch told the Associated Press on Monday that the way to escape the noise is to avoid Twitter and social media.

“When it doesn’t work out, it’s a public slaying on Twitter,” Hinch. “I would encourage any young manager to get off Twitter. It’s not healthy.”

This comes after Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon received a healthy dose of criticism following his decision to use pitcher John Lackey in Game 2 against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The game was tied at one in the bottom of the ninth with two outs and a runner on base. Maddon went with Lackey instead of Wade Davis in case he needed the latter in a save situation that never materialized because Justin Turner ended things with a single swing.

Maddon was similarly curt with his impressions of the rabble being roused on the social media platform.

“Twitter doesn’t count at all,” Maddon said. “And really, as sportswriters, you should do a better job than relying on Twitter to write a story, quite frankly.”

Hinch’s solution is to ignore it, because those raising the biggest stinks don’t have all the information.

The Astros wound up losing Game 3 of the ALCS to the New York Yankees on Monday night, but Hinch probably isn’t looking to social media for commentary on his performance.

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