Hinch, too, plans to review his big-picture performance at the end of the season.
“It'll be more in the offseason as I sort of decompress and look at things and how we've operated as an org, as a manager, as a coaching staff,” he said. “I've got a lot to process. It's going to be a busy October with a lot of reflection, and then more importantly is the takeaways on how to get it better. I don't dwell too much on this season because I don't want to relive this season again. There's some good parts, not all bad. Generally speaking, it's been disappointing. I'll look pretty deeply, anything from in-game to operational to processes.
“We're not good enough yet, and it starts with me. I promised the players and I'm going to promise anybody I talk to that we're going to figure out how to get this right.”
That message seemed to echo with players, some of whom have been reflecting upon their own performances. The meeting came on the same Friday that shortstop Javier Báez had what, for this season, is a prototypical Báez performance. He was a catalyst at the plate, going 3-for-3 with a double and a triple, running the bases aggressively and falling a home run shy of the cycle. His aggressive baserunning cost him on a play at the plate, thrown out trying to score the go-ahead run from third on a strikeout pitch in the dirt. He also committed two errors in the field.
“Obviously we're not happy with our record, but I think we give everything we have,” Báez said. “There's no excuses. We didn't play good baseball as a team. [We had] all the injuries, but we still have to play good baseball. If we're going to lose, we have to lose the right way, not making the mistakes that I'm making.”
Reliever Alex Lange might have put it best.
“I think if you ask anybody in this locker room, we're going to accelerate to the finish line,” he said. “We're not going to lay down. If anybody comes in here thinking we're just going to lay down, that's not what this team is about. We've had our struggles this year, we've taken our licks, but we're getting stronger, we're getting better. We're going to continue to work, and we have a lot to prove. We're going to finish strong and ride the momentum into next year and see where we end up.”