C.j. Nitkowski Newsbeat
Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Good practice, kids. Now it’s time for the easiest part of any coach’s job. The cuts. Although I wasn’t able to cut everyone I wanted to, I have cut a lot of you. Wendell is cut. Rudy is cut. Janey, you’re gone. Steven, I like your hustle….That’s why it was so hard to cut you
There is a chance you’re gone today, off to a meal money-less life of soup and sandwiches. I would sit in front of my locker for a few minutes to see if a coach was waiting for me to arrive to deliver the news. Some guys would get dressed right away, as if putting on your uniform was a guarantee that you got to stay with the team. I never wanted to do that. I wanted to avoid getting dressed and then potentially undressed back into street clothes to do the walk of shame.
Everybody else already knows what is going on, they’re watching too. There’s relief when someone else gets called into that office and it’s not you. It’s a bigger relief when it’s someone with whom you might be in competition.
I was a realist, I knew when I had a chance and I knew when I didn’t. That never made it any easier. At the end of the day, you secretly think you always have a shot. You thought you could beat out the guy who has been there for a couple of years and has the guaranteed deal. He’s slipping, getting lazy, with a good spring you could take his spot. It never works that way.
The tap on the shoulder is just the beginning, next is the meeting. For most teams the pitching coach is there, the manager and the general manager. “CJ, we’re going to send you to minor-league camp.” I already knew, hearing it only made it worse. They’ll tell you what you did well, what you need to work on, blah, blah, blah. There’s a lot of head nodding from the player, you’re discouraged and aren’t taking in much of what is said at that point. You know what’s happening, you’re not going to the big leagues to open the season, that’s all that really matters to you at that point.
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Wait, we’re supposed to be mad at Coonelly here??
We looked at the Giancarlo Stanton mega-contract with suspicious eyes… Well, Pirates president Frank Coonelly spilled the beans to Rob Biertempfel of Trib Live:
“(Coonelly) talked about an exchange he had with Miami Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria and president David Samson during the recent owner’s meetings.
“‘They thought it was a great deal,’ Coonelly said. ‘I just couldn’t get my head around the $325 million. They said to me, ‘You don’t understand. (Stanton) has an out clause after six years. Those first six years are only going to cost $107 million. After that, he’ll leave and play for somebody else. So, it’s not really $325 million.’”
I couldn’t believe what my eyes were telling me. I went back and read this at least a half dozen times to make sure I wasn’t misinterpreting anything. No, I saw it exactly as I thought I did the first time. Frank Coonelly completely sold out the Miami Marlins…
I asked an executive with another club if I was reading too much into this and what he thought about Coonelly’s comments. He told me, “They were not professional and show an integrity flaw.”
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