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Thursday, October 24, 2019

Pirates fire team president Frank Coonelly

The Pittsburgh Pirates, in what they are calling a “leadership transition,” have fired team president Frank Coonelly. It is being cast as a mutual parting, with both the team and Coonelly issuing statements about how it’s all good, it’s just time for a change, etc. etc.

Coonelly, who used to serve as Major League Baseball’s chief labor lawyer, had been with the Pirates since 2007, and the Pirates experienced a brief run of success during his tenure, making the post season in 2013, 2014, and 2015. On either side of that run, however, came some bad baseball from a team with a reputation for not wanting to spend money on talent and which always stood willing to make trades that seemed more geared toward shedding payroll — or even potential future payroll — than it was in acquiring talent.

There is a strong sense of alienation in the Pirates fan base as a result. This postseason, which has featured numerous former Pirates players such as Gerrit Cole, Tyler Glasnow, Charlie Morton, Austin Meadows, Daniel Hudson, Russell Martin, Francisco Cervelli and David Freese, has only served to rub salt in the wounds.

Brushes off CV, prepares his job application

 

QLE Posted: October 24, 2019 at 12:36 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: firings, frank coonelly, pirates

Sunday, September 22, 2019

Padres fire manager Andy Green; communication issues cited

There will be a new manager when the Padres are wearing their new brown uniforms next season.

Andy Green was fired Saturday morning, two years before his contract was due to expire and after four seasons with a 274-366 record.

Bench coach Rod Barajas was named interim manager and served in that role Saturday against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

“When you look at the way the last two months … and what improvements are being made and how things were playing out on a daily basis, it just didn’t feel like we were going to get there with Andy as our manager,” said General Manager A.J. Preller, who several times called Green a friend. “That’s a tough thing to say. Ultimately, we hire a manager and it’s my job to put players on the field. I’ve been beating myself up a lot over the course of the last few months. It just didn’t feel like this was going to work for the long-term.”

Maybe it’s me, but brown uniforms aren’t exactly promising as a way to indicate that you’ve turned the corner…..

 

QLE Posted: September 22, 2019 at 12:15 AM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: andy green, firings, padres

Friday, September 20, 2019

Boston Red Sox dismiss Frank Wren, VP of player personnel and one of ex-boss Dave Dombrowski’s top a

The Red Sox have dismissed Frank Wren, senior VP of player personnel and one of former president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski’s top assistants. The organization also didn’t renew special assignment scout Eddie Bane’s contract.

Dombrowski hired Wren on Sept. 25, 2015. He had worked under Dombrowski in the Marlins front office. They were both there in 1997 for the Marlins’ first World Series title.

Wren worked as Orioles GM in 1999 and Atlanta’s GM from 2007-14.

Note to self: Send a copy of my CV to the Red Sox- it feels like it’s worth a shot, at least….

 

QLE Posted: September 20, 2019 at 12:13 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: eddie bane, firings, frank wren, red sox

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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