Showing posts with label Managers. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Managers. Show all posts

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Ozzie Guillen Didn't Make It

Ozzie Guillen is, for the moment, out of a job. I have no idea if anyone is going to give him another shot at managing a team in the Majors in the not-too-distant future.

Here you have a guy who can win ballgames. He has a proven track record, one that is better than .500 and that might make him attractive enough to hire once again. Is it really fair to judge him for his knuckleheaded ways and his big mouth? Isn't that the distraction that keeps people from realizing that he can relate to ballplayers and get them to play hard? Or is it unfair to point out that the Marlins spread around a lot of money and didn't get much in return?

How is that Ozzie's fault?

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Davey Johnson Blew It

I'm afraid that Davey Johnson blew this game.

Sure, the players actually lost the game. But Johnson left the game in the hands of players who shouldn't have been playing.

When he failed to lift Gio Gonzalez, I turned off the game. Gonzalez was coming apart, couldn't throw strikes, and looked like he was going to throw a pitch into the stands. But Johnson left him in and that set the tone for the game.

This is one of the worst losses in baseball history, and it falls squarely on Johnson's decision to stick with guys who were floundering.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

The Twins Need Some Big Changes

I'll admit that I am a bit behind on following the Minnesota Twins, but, damn. Twenty-one hits given up in one game?

Isn't it about time to fire Ron Gardenhire? Isn't it about time for some new blood?

Monday, April 16, 2012

Dustin Pedroia Slams Bobby Valentine

This is buried at the bottom of the story running on ESPN about how Bobby Valentine called out Kevin Youklis the other day. I think this should have been the lede of the whole story.

"Maybe that works in Japan."


Dustin Pedroia rips the band-aid off the scab. And the sore underneath it is this--no way in hell Bobby Valentine should be the manager of the Red Sox.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Joe Mauer is Done for the Season

It has been one of the worst seasons in the history of Minnesota Twins. They have been as bad this year as they were in the mid-1980s, and I would count the 1986 season as their worst (recall that they were a worst-to-first winner of the 1987 World Series).

I thought that Joe Mauer would have been traded to the Yankees by now. I did not know about his gargantuan contract. I think that was a mistake. The Twins, if you will recall, hung on to Kirby Puckett a little too long and could have gotten a lot for him if they had gotten rid of him prior to his vision troubles.

Baseball does not make me a sentimentalist. If you can play, play. If you can't, see ya. If you're too expensive, so long and thanks for the memories. To be sentimental about baseball is to worship at the altar of mediocrity. If a player can't help your team win right now, get rid of him and get someone who can.

This is Ron Gardenhire's last season, by the way. That's my predicition. I'm probably wrong, but oh well.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Do You Want a Great Job?

Pick one of these managerial jobs in Major League Baseball:

5. St. Louis Cardinals. Baseball remains a civic treasure in St. Louis, something valued and protected by its citizens. The only downside is limited resources; the Cardinals' payroll has remained between $88 million and $109 million for seven straight years.
4. San Francisco Giants. The best front office stability in baseball, beautiful ballpark, an organizational commitment to develop pitching and fans that are passionate without the East Coast edge.
3. Philadelphia Phillies. You get the highest payroll in the NL and sellouts every night -- the game day atmosphere is second to none -- and a front office bound to deliver the best pitching in baseball.
2. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. This is a well-run organization with a terrific owner (Arte Moreno) and good farm system and a team that plays in a beautiful stadium in front of great crowds in great weather and with a $141 million payroll in a division with only three other teams. So what's not to like? The Angels' current skipper, Mike Scioscia, has the most job security in baseball: He is working on a 10-year contract that pays him through 2018.
1. Minnesota Twins. Do you realize the Twins haven't fired a manager in a quarter of a century? (Ray Miller, 1986). The franchise engenders more loyalty than any other in baseball -- from minor league coaches to scouts to secretaries. It also enjoys a beautiful new ballpark, great fan support, rich tradition, no natural rival, a $113 million payroll and an easy division. (World Series titles by the four other AL Central teams over their past 100 combined seasons: 1)
Under manager Ron Gardenhire, the Twins have been knocked out in the first round of the playoffs five straight times while going 2-15 -- and Twins fans go right on enjoying their walleye on a stick with the same happy attitude. There's one major down side to the job: long underwear required two to three months out of the season.

I would have to argue that the biggest drawback to being a coach, a manager, or a general manager for any professional team would have to be the working local media in the Twin Cities metropolitan market. This is totally my opinion, but the local media in Minneapolis-St. Paul has been awful ever since I can remember.

The Los Angeles Angels have probably the best managerial job in all of baseball. They play in a major market, they are seeing the fast demise of the Dodgers organization, and they have a very active, positive ownership in place with Arte Moreno. The Twins have no dynamic ownership, and have not had dynamic, engaged ownership since Carl Pohlad.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

The Twins Make a Move Back to Respectability

It's been an uncommonly tough season so far for the Minnesota Twins. Here's what it looks like to turn things around:
Joe Mauer returned to the Minnesota Twins lineup this weekend to a standing ovation and much excitement from fans at Target Field.
When the weekend was over, Mauer's return was overshadowed by guys named Drew Butera, Matt Tolbert and Rene Tosoni.
Butera's single scored Delmon Young in the bottom of the ninth as the Twins rallied to beat the San Diego Padres 5-4 on Sunday and extend their winning streak to seven games.
"That's how you do these things. Everybody has to play a part," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "Everybody has a role and everyone has to come through."
I had a hunch that, by now, Gardenhire would be out of a job. I hope he gets to stick around until the end of the year and I hope the Twins can climb a little further out of the basement.
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Friday, April 29, 2011

Using Twitter is the Same as Making a Statement to the Media

I don't know if there even should be a controversy here. If a Major League Baseball manager takes to Twitter and tweets something, that's the same as telling the entire world the same thing through a media person or through a public statement.

Ozzie Guillen is looking at some sort of fine.
Major League Baseball is looking into any rules White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen might have violated by using Twitter to make derogatory comments about an umpire after being ejected.
Should Guillen be fined it would be the first time baseball has penalized a player, coach or manager for their use of the social networking site during a game.
Guillen was tossed Wednesday night for arguing balls and strikes with plate umpire Todd Tichenor in the first inning of Chicago's game against the New York Yankees. He then went on Twitter to say the ejection was pathetic and it would cost him a pricey fine. He also said that a "tough guy" showed up at Yankee Stadium.
Social media is, by definition, not really private. Now, if Guillen had a Twitter account with a handful of followers, and if he was restricting his Tweets to only that group, he could make a case for limited privacy. Even still, if you put it out there, it's hard to make a case for privacy.

Is Twitter any different than an E-mail? Boy, that makes my head hurt. I don't know.

Here is the policy:
Baseball has a social media policy covering employees that applies to managers and coaches and prevents them from disparaging umpires.
There also are guidelines that basically prohibit players, managers and coaches from communicating by electronic equipment from 30 minutes before a game until it ends.
But baseball has not had to deal with the rise of Twitter and other social networking sites in the same manner as the NFL and NBA, which have strict rules of conduct for expressing opinions in this rapid-fire format.
Common sense would dictate that Guillen shouldn't have been Tweeting his displeasure. Someone should have knocked the keyboard out of his hands and gone through all the same motions as if they were restraining him from going after someone on the field.
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