What I do feel is Branch is very much in the mode of Dennis…
Rulli was always a guy that never held back with his beliefs and battled as hard as humanly possible to help you win on the field…some teammates always had a hard time with his fire but I always loved his passion on our teams. I am sure the slackers on the teams he has played on feel differently as a few of my old teammates felt about Dennis…
Based on JB posting style on this site I have no doubt he is as big of a pain in the azz to teammates slacking off as Dennis was and that is a good thing.
I watched a video where one of the top power players gave credit to JB for teaching him how to cut a ball…That is a pretty good tell that J. loves softball and shares everything he can to make others better.
My belief is… there are very few managers that can put on field manage a game over guys like Rulli and JB