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Saturday, September 29, 2012

Morosi: Vizquel doesn’t manage situation well

The managerial futures of two men crystallized here Friday.

John Farrell should manage the Boston Red Sox in 2013, and Omar Vizquel is not ready to manage in the major leagues — yet.

Farrell and Vizquel were the principals in the internal tumult that turned public this week, revealing just how far the Toronto Blue Jays are from winning the American League East.

Vizquel, days away from his retirement as a player, made pointed comments to the Toronto Sun, saying in Friday’s editions that “a lot of mistakes were let go” by the coaching staff this season.

Vizquel suggested that the team’s youth and inexperience compelled Farrell and his coaches to take a hands-off approach to discipline. “It needs to be talked about,” Vizquel told the Sun. “It shouldn’t just be let go and say, ‘Ah, we have another day.’ You have to get on it. You have to say, ‘I didn’t like that play,’ and let’s try and do something different.”

So here was Vizquel — 45 years old, on record as saying he wants to manage as early as 2013 — offering a damning critique of the man who has kept him in the major leagues all year despite his .548 OPS.

Was this a brazen attempt at politicking for Farrell’s job near the end of a disappointing season? I would hope not, but the timing did not reflect favorably on Vizquel. In fact, Vizquel said during a Friday news conference that he’s already thinking about team issues from a managerial standpoint.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 29, 2012 at 06:25 PM | 14 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: blue jays, john farrell, managers, omar vizquel, red sox

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   1. Bhaakon Posted: September 29, 2012 at 08:10 PM (#4249037)
I, for one, can't wait for Omar Vizquel to usher in a whole new era of sacrificing the 2-hole hitter and sliding into first base.
   2. Walt Davis Posted: September 29, 2012 at 09:09 PM (#4249053)
Why should Farrell manage the Red Sox?

This doesn't seem a wise move on Vizquel's part. Man's been playing for a long time, sometimes on crappy teams, and days away from retirement he just can't hold it in anymore? It does kinda look like he's angling for the job but this is not the right way to go about it.
   3. Biff, highly-regarded young guy Posted: September 29, 2012 at 09:16 PM (#4249058)
So here was Vizquel — 45 years old, on record as saying he wants to manage as early as 2013 — offering a damning critique of the man who has kept him in the major leagues all year despite his .548 OPS.

That sounds like plenty enough of a damning critique to me.

"Why the hell did this idiot keep me in the majors all year? I suck!"
   4. Bhaakon Posted: September 29, 2012 at 09:19 PM (#4249059)
This doesn't seem a wise move on Vizquel's part. Man's been playing for a long time, sometimes on crappy teams, and days away from retirement he just can't hold it in anymore? It does kinda look like he's angling for the job but this is not the right way to go about it.


It's not like this is anything new. He wrote an autobiography way the heck back in 2002.
   5. Spivey Posted: September 29, 2012 at 09:27 PM (#4249062)
Vizquel is a clown. I remember in 2009 he was on Texas and they went to Boston fairly early in the season. He was interviewed saying he didn't understand why Boston wasn't after him and he would have gone there. I'm pretty sure at this point in time the Rangers had a better record and were leading the division (not 100% sure though). This is when he was batting .315 or something and didn't realize he was destined to put up the 660 OPS that defines his overrated career. He has 40 WAR. He has one season with a WAR over 3.8. His playoff numbers suck. He's worse than Jim Rice.
   6. Coot Veal and Cot Deal taste like Old Bay Posted: September 30, 2012 at 12:18 AM (#4249132)
Vizquel is a clown.


...but inexplicably beloved in Cleveland...
   7. Rob_Wood Posted: September 30, 2012 at 12:24 AM (#4249140)

ditto in San Francisco ...
   8. Bhaakon Posted: September 30, 2012 at 01:12 AM (#4249156)
Jose Mesa pitched in both cities, coincidence?
   9. TerpNats Posted: September 30, 2012 at 01:39 AM (#4249162)
Is Morosi saying Farrell should manage in Boston because he's no good for Toronto, or because he's too good for such an unimportant team (in Fox Sports' eyes) as the Jays? If it's the latter, AA should tell Bosox management, "hands off."
   10. DanG Posted: September 30, 2012 at 03:19 AM (#4249170)
Vizquel is a clown.



...but inexplicably beloved in Cleveland...
The explanation.
   11. baerga1 Posted: September 30, 2012 at 04:42 AM (#4249175)
...but inexplicably beloved in Cleveland...


Vizquel may not be a deserving Hall of Famer, but this is ridiculous. Did you watch the man play in his prime? Inexplicable? Really?
   12. Greg K Posted: September 30, 2012 at 05:03 AM (#4249177)
Yeah, there may not be many Hall of Famers who aren't as good as Jim Rice, but there are plenty of good players who weren't as good as him.
   13. Coot Veal and Cot Deal taste like Old Bay Posted: September 30, 2012 at 07:43 AM (#4249187)
Did you watch the man play in his prime? Inexplicable? Really?


Unfortunately, I spent my Cleveland years in my mother's second-cousin's basement...

Regardless of how many of Omar's games I may or may not have watched, the collective weeping and gnashing of teeth, rending of garments, and tearing of hair in Cleveland when the soon-to-be-38-year-old Vizquel was granted his free agency was inexplicable (to me), yes... you'd've thought that someone had shot Francis of Assisi or something.

He does have a nice enough smile, I suppose.

   14. gef, more dangerous than a monkey w/ a razor blade Posted: September 30, 2012 at 11:42 AM (#4249253)
Unfortunately, I spent my Cleveland years in my mother's second-cousin's basement...


It rubs the lotion on its skin ...

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