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Off-season coaching shake-ups.
Posted by vtadave at 10/12/2007 5:03:00 PM
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In an obvious search for a "big name", the Reds interviewed Dusty Baker for their vacant managerial position. Homer Bailey owners have to be crossing their fingers that the Reds wise up and look elsewhere. In other news, the Orioles apparently expected more out of Leo Mazzone than the rapid development of Erik Bedard and Jeremy Guthrie. Are the O's better off WITHOUT Leo Mazzone? Doubtful. The Pirates hiring what appears to be the wrong Indians assistant as their new GM, Houston hiring Ed Wade, and the Dodgers NOT firing Grady Little. What's next, Kevin Malone getting another GM job? I won't even go into Joe Torre or Aaron Rowand allegedly asking for $84 million from the Phillies.


My advice to anyone considering Baker: listen to his announcing work on the ALDS. I'll waive my fee on this one.
Posted by spianow at 10/13/2007 3:38:00 AM
Gosh, I really hope that this isn't Bob Boone, the sequel.
Posted by Erickson at 10/13/2007 9:26:00 AM
Bedard was improving every year before Mazzone got there, and even though he had a great year, I don't know if you would call his development "rapid" rather than "incremental." Guthrie, maybe I'll concede to Mazzone. But Daniel Cabrera was his undoing (maybe Danys Baez too -- no excuse to spend $19 million on a set-up man and then have him put up a 6.44 ERA). He had two seasons with Cabrera, and though there was a decrease in walk rate this season, his ERA went up almost a full point and his strikeout rate went down. Maybe Cabrera is uncoachable, but the litmus test of any pitching coach is to develop young pitchers with promise, and Cabrera, Chris Ray, Hayden Penn, Garrett Olson, Jim Hoey, Radhames Liz, and Adam Loewen all sucked under his reign.
Posted by bscwik at 10/13/2007 8:10:00 PM

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