Over at Grantland, Ben Lindbergh has a 'Managerial Meddling Index' and not surprisingly, John Gibbons ranks as the most 'active' manager in the majors.
Blue Jays skipper John Gibbons claims the title of most active manager, largely on the strength of his fondness for replacing his starters. Gibbons is conservative when it comes to intentional walks and pitchouts, but he's very aggressive in challenging umpires and in fiddling with his lineup card during games: The Jays lead the majors in pinch hitting for position players and in inserting defensive subs, as they pursue the handedness advantage at positions where they platoon and try to reduce their exposure to defensive liabilities such as Juan Francisco.
I'm glad he is conservative in intentional walks and pitchouts....I hate intentional walks. I'd imagine a good part of the 'fiddling with the lineup cards is due to tall the injuries. He uses pinch hitters and bunts because he has a bunch of lousy hitters in the lineup. Challenges? He seems to be quite willing to use his challenge before the 7th inning if there is anything close at all.
He's about league average in ordering hit and runs, I've never been a big fan of the hit and run, I think there is the odd moment when it is a good idea, but those are few and far between. He's about average in using pinch runners too, we have some really slow runners.
I generally don't think that being 'active' is a good thing for a manager, Cito has a couple of World Series rings, and he was as inactive as any manager you'll ever see. But, given the season, the Jays have had, Gibby has to be more active.
Go take look at the article, and let us know what you think about Gibby being so active.