Matheny quickly anointed Jason Motte as his closer, declining to play La Russa-style mind games to keep the relievers on their toes.
What changes Matheny has made to the routine have been subtle. The compartmentalized two-page daily schedule is a carryover from the previous regime with separate listings for pitchers throwing bullpen sessions matched with specific catchers, and often with drills mixing veterans with prospects in an effort to promote organizational continuity.
He's not afraid to ditch elements, either.
For the first several days, Matheny included an inspirational thought at the bottom of the page, but discontinued it before position players reported, deciding it might be read as self-promotion.
"I just don't want to give the impression to these guys that this is a dog and pony show," Matheny said. "Those quotes were not just kind of fluff, it was meant to be something to those guys, and if it starts being more than that then I'm being phony."
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