Sorry to have back to back blog posts about baseball (you’re getting very sleepy….), but the recent spate of manager firings seems preposterous.
Dusty Baker – you finished first in your division in both years as manager of the Washington Nationals. Congratulations! Oh, and one other thing:
John Farrell – you made the playoffs 3 of the 5 years that you managed the Red Sox – including this year (and one of the other years you were out with lymphoma) – and won a World Series. Great job. P.S.:
P.P.S. We’re replacing you with someone who has zero managerial experience. Here’s some salt for your wound.
Joe Girardi – your Yankees made the playoffs in 6 of your 10 years at the helm, you won a World Series, and you lost in 7 games to the AL champion Astros this year. Fantastic. Here’s a gift for you:
Seems like anything short of winning the World Series is grounds for dismissal these days. That’s absurd. You can do a masterful job managing 25 millionaires over a 162-game season, but if your team is edged out in a 5- or 7-game playoff series by another squad that’s slightly better, slightly luckier, slightly hotter or all of the above, you get the axe?
I hope the Yanks, Red Sox and Nats all stink next year… that would be karma.