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One of the many, many reasons I loved Bobby Cox' tenure as manager is that even when things were bad he wouldn't throw his players under the bus. I guess it works sometimes, but I sure hate to see it.
Must suck though that almost every time you trot out your 8 mil per year closer he gets shelled.
Kemp and "fried chicken bucket" Beckett are the ones who completely suck right now.
Big Name (can't think of who) vs some minor league redass
Yep, that is not a very good way to motivate your people, not just in sports but in any endeavor. Much better to make those type of criticisms in private rather than shouting them out for the entire world to hear.
It's right out of the Jim Tracy playbook.
It would be interesting if the Dodgers made some kind of trade with the Angels for Scioscia, though the Angels would probably need to pay some of his ludicrous contract.
Yep, that is not a very good way to motivate your people, not just in sports but in any endeavor.
In the past I haven't been as down on Beckett's personality as y'all seem to be, but hearing him talk this year he sounds much more... uh, grounded. He doesn't let anything get to him, because he has a wife and kids and they remind him of what's truly important. While all of that is absolutely true, it also seems to have extinguished the fire in his belly, covered it in dirt, and planted a nice crop of lavender, which is not the best way to ensure he delivers value commensurate with his contract.
Without putting any more thought into it than you, I would guess Sciosciaand Wallach are in the mix.
this really surprises me from mattingly. I would not have expected this type of statement from him
It's right out of the Jim Tracy playbook. Maybe Mattingly found and old copy in his desk or something.
Do you guys really think Mattingly fails to realize that airing grievances in private is better than airing them in public? I'm willing to bet he's resorted to this only after speaking to Ethier in private didn't work.
How many active MLB managers are hired away from their current teams? There has got to be a rule against this.
But you will have the occasional Piniella or Ozzie who changes teams mid-contract. This type of move will generally result in compensation for the team that lost the skipper (even in a case like Ozzie's, where his services were no longer desired by his original club).
Wasn't Ozzie technically mid-season? I remember something weird where they had two different interim managers (Don Cooper and someone else).
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