He has instructed Felipe Lopez (.545 SLG) to bunt more. Lopez, like a good soldier, is going along with it – even to the point of setting Juan Pierre as his role model.
It’s not that bunting is bad, per se. It’s that Miley consistently ignores his players’ unique strengths, and tries to get them to do things that will actually make them less valuable and effective players. Sure, lots of speedy shortstops should bunt for hits. That’s not because shortstops (or even fast guys) automatically have to bunt. It’s becuase speedy shortstops typically can’t hit for power, and need to derive offensive value in some other way (bunting). Lopez doesn’t have this weakness (he trails only Tejada among SS in slugging, and leads the NL by a wide margin), but Miley is asking him to play like he’s Manny Trillo.
Lopez gets an extra-base hit every 5.6 ABs. Over 60% of his hits are for extra bases. But now Miley wants him to NOT swing.
In my opinion, the manager’s job is primarily three-fold:
1. Manage the pitching staff.
2. Keep the clubhouse content and motivated.
3. Put your players in the best position for them to succeed.
Miley just shows no clue about his players’ strengths, or seems bound and determined to reform them in his way.