It's classic for teams to switch from a hard-ass manager to a "player's manager." Billy Martin used to flip-flop with easy-going managers for the Yankees in the 70's and 80's. The M's got rid of hard-ass Lou Piniella for the completely-unemotional Bob Melvin.
I think it's long overdue for Bowa to get canned. Just a change in managers could spark the team a bit.
Roger Angell: I was talking with Bob Gibson and I said: 'Are you always this competitive?' He said: 'Oh, I think so. I got a three-year old daughter, and I've played about 500 games of tic-tac-toe with her and she hasn't beat me yet.'