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Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Giants fire eight pro scouts, including some key to World Series title runs

Big changes are inevitable in a regime change, and the Giants are no exception.

In the first of what could be many such moves, the Giants fired eight of their 20 pro scouts Tuesday, including some who have been with the organization for more than two decades and provided invaluable information during the club’s three World Series title runs.

The most recognizable names are Brian Johnson, of 1997 home run fame, and Steve Balboni, both of whom served as pro scouts for the past 10 seasons and were relied on heavily during the 2010, 2012 and 2014 postseasons.

Johnson lives in Detroit and saw the Tigers a lot in 2012. Giants officials credited the intelligence he provided with helping them sweep Detroit in the World Series.

This news does explain why the scouts I’ve gotten used to seeing at the local minor-league games have been strangely absent lately….

 

QLE Posted: September 11, 2019 at 04:27 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: brian johnson, firings, giants, scouts, steve balboni

Monday, September 09, 2019

Boston Red Sox firing Dave Dombrowski sends shockwaves through Fenway Park

BOSTON—Shortly before the first pitch of Sunday night’s Red Sox-Yankees game, Dave Dombrowski was honored on the Fenway Park field with some of the team’s longtime employees. Wearing a mustard-colored jacket, he exited the field through a gate behind home plate and climbed the steps between sections 17 and 18 in the grandstand, stopping to take pictures with some fans who had spotted him.

It turns out those fans captured the fleeting moments of Dombrowski’s tenure as Boston’s president of baseball operations. As the Red Sox wrapped up their 10-5 loss to the Yankees on the field, word of a major shakeup started traveling around Fenway. At 12:07 a.m., team spokesman Kevin Gregg addressed a group of reporters, saying that Dombrowski had been fired and that an official press release would come Monday morning.

Ownership did not address the decision after it broke. Manager Alex Cora, who informed his players of the news after the game, was left to serve as the organization’s public face.

“I’m surprised and shocked, obviously,” Cora said. “Right now, I don’t have too much to say.

Anyone else getting the feeling that this sort of decision-making could wind up backfiring severely for the Red Sox?

 

QLE Posted: September 09, 2019 at 04:41 AM | 105 comment(s)
  Beats: dave dombrowski, firings, red sox

Saturday, August 24, 2019

Orioles clean house, fire 11 members of scouting and front office departments

Baltimore Orioles executive vice president and general manager Mike Elias is dedicated to altering the direction of the organization and that was reciprocated Friday with the firing of 11 members of the scouting and front office departments. 

“We’re in a period of change right now with the industry and we’re in a period of change right now with the Orioles,” Elias said. “Sometimes to make changes you’ve got to make changes.”

Among those relieved were baseball operations director Tripp Norton, scouts Dean Albany, Jim Howard, John Gillette, Nathan Showalter, and Buck Showalter.

Elias acknowledged the uphill battle ahead of filling numerous voids but insists it’s just a part of the job

And, if you believe those claims, Mike Elias would like to interest you in buying a bridge…..

 

QLE Posted: August 24, 2019 at 04:07 AM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: firings, orioles, scouts

 

 

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