There are very few things that a manager and his coaching staff has total control of during a game.
He can set the lineups, but can’t make a player hit a home run on a curveball off the plate.
He can position the fielders in an optimal arrangement to maximize coverage of the diamond, but can’t make the fielder dive to his left or right to get a groundball in the hole.
He can bring in his best middle reliever in the seventh inning to escape a bases-loaded jam, but can’t make that pitcher execute the perfect sequence of pitches to get the batter out.
However, there is one area where a manager and his coaching staff can make a decision that directly affects the game: the new instant replay/challenge rule.
Notes on the Yankees instant replay challenges
The Yankees don’t have the league’s most productive offense or pitching staff or defense, but they seem to have mastered this new ability to challenge umpire calls via replay.…