knapplc wrote:I'm sure this isn't the first time a team with postseason aspirations has pulled a move like this... but I don't recall it. Anyone else think of a team tied for a postseason berth firing their manager with two weeks left? This is amazing.
You have to wonder what that backstory is. There HAS to be a reason for this timing.
Yes, they're still tied atop the wild card standings, but they look like a shell of the team that was once 6 up. One of Yost's bigger assets at times (loyalty to his players) has become a big detriment down the stretch. He has been too lax, hasn't gotten on or benched any of his players. He continues to trot out massive underacheivers like Gagne, Riske, and Bill Hall in big spots. Will Sveum be any different? I don't know, maybe not.
The only reason I can think of regarding this timing is that it could be one last ditch effort to light a fire under these players. It's basically saying that their crappy play cost Yost his job, now what are they going to do? Looking at this roster, I would say there's 2-5 players or so whose job for next year is nearly 100% safe -- Braun, Gallardo, and most likely Bush, Parra, and Torres. Anyone else could end up traded (Fielder w/Gamel taking over, Hardy w/Escobar taking over, Hart with one of many OF prospects taking over), or just flat losing their job (Weeks, Hall, Cameron). This is a message that no job is safe, and that anything short of the playoffs will be viewed as a failure. I agree.