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Red Wedding today in San Francisco, as the Giants "reassign" their entire coaching staff under Bruce Bochy, including Dave Reghetti, who was the longest tenured coach in all of baseball. I get that they lost 98 games and had to make some changes, but DAMN. That's absolutely brutal. 

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The Cubs have fired pitching coach Bossio. Seeing as their bullpen wasn't particularly great this season, I guess this isn't too much of a surprise.

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17 hours ago, Bucfan56 said:

Red Wedding today in San Francisco, as the Giants "reassign" their entire coaching staff under Bruce Bochy, including Dave Reghetti, who was the longest tenured coach in all of baseball. I get that they lost 98 games and had to make some changes, but DAMN. That's absolutely brutal. 

 

Well, part of that is that both Wotus and Meulens have long been candidates for managerial gigs. I get the sense that these departures/reorganizations were a long time coming, maybe going back to last year. Righetti was probably frustrated by the lack of talent coming his way. There's only so much he can do with Matt Moore, an aging Johnny Cueto and Shark, and a bullpen in disarray. A front office job is a semi-retirement.

 

In good news, the Giants are thankfully changing up their player development strategies:

 

 

It's a start, methinks.

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If the Giants didn’t have a good farm system, no wonder they weren’t so good this season. All the teams in the playoffs this year have a lot of good prospects in the pipeline. 

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Red Sox have agreed to hire Astros bench coach Alex Cora as manager after the World Series, and the Mets have hired Indians pitching coach Mickey Callaway as manager. I love both of those hirings, especially after the Tigers hired Gardenhire, another one of those boring old white dude managers that just kinda float around.

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But who will hire Dusty Baker?

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Girardi leaving is a pretty big shock, considering he took a team that wasn't even expected to make the playoffs all the way to game 7 of the ALCS. 

Wouldn't be surprised if Yankees regress next year now. 

 

Carl Willis (Red Sox pitching Coach) was also snatched by The Indians. 

Cubs also harvest Chili Davis & Brian Butterfield from the Red Sox as well. 

 

House has officially been cleaned.  

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Girardi not returning to the Yankees seems reminiscent of Jim Harbaugh getting the boot from the 49ers and Tom Thibodeau from the Bulls. Clearly a great coach/manager, but shown the door almost certainly because of a clash of egos.

 

I'd expect Girardi to get a slew of opportunities going forward, be it another managerial opening, a front office role, or even in TV. The Nationals opening seems like a pretty good one at least in the short run, but he may want a year off after a hectic 10-year run in New York.

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20 minutes ago, Fox said:

Girardi not returning to the Yankees seems reminiscent of Jim Harbaugh getting the boot from the 49ers and Tom Thibodeau from the Bulls. 

 

This is what came to mind for me.  

 

With Thibs, it's not like he was the greatest coach of all time and certainly wasn't without his downfalls and controversies, but he was fired because they wanted a bitch coach to come in and make chicken salad out of chicken :censored: .  Reinsdorf doesn't give a rat's ass about the Bulls, and would rather get some White Sox money via the Bulls (re:  Jordan Bell) and didn't want to hear Thibs drama all the damn time while they gutted their already mediocre-to-bad roster.

 

The Yankees firing Girardi is ownership wanting a bitch manager "yes" man.  That's it and that's all.

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A Rod is gonna be the next Yankees manager, huh?

 

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Red Sox/Nats/Yankees manager firings all tell me I no longer know how anything works.

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Red Sox & Nats laying off their managers makes sense.

Farrell handled the bullpen terribly for the Red Sox, along with his "aggressive" base running strategy (dead last in baserunning), and Dusty only continued the Nats tradition of having a spectacularly season thrown away by choking in the second round.

 

Yankees just fired a guy that was on pace to get the Yankees #28.

 

 

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31 minutes ago, ninersdd said:

This won't happen, but maybe Bochy could get reassigned if the Giants make a run at him?

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What? No. Why? 

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Girardi wasn't fired.  His contract expires next week and they decided not to bring him back.  The biggest takeaway from this to me is that given the revolving door of Yankee managers in the 80's and early 90's for the past 22 seasons the Yankees have had two managers which in this day and age is amazing.  

 

That said, I'm not impressed by the shortlist of candidates that I've seen published in the New York and other baseball media.  Then again when Joe Torre was hired prior to the '96 season I thought George had lost his damn mind and look what happened.  After a decade at the helm maybe it's time for a change.  Will they be worse off without Girardi?  I don't know we'll know in a year.  I'm going to try and keep an open mind unless they hire Dusty Baker or Matt Williams then I'd look to having the front office committed,*

 

*I don't see that happening at all, putting it out there as a just in case.

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I would LOVE to see the Yankees hire Dusty. To see him screw up that squad that almost certainly would’ve won a WS within a few years... would be absolutely beautiful. Unfortunately I think cashman is smart enough not to do that. 

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What's Mike Mussina up to? He seems to fit the profile of a modern manager: smart enough guy who's also smart enough to know he can only do as he's told.

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