Thursday, October 13, 2005

We'll Talk to Bob

"Our pitching needs to get better." -- Buddy Bell, Captain Obvious

Welcome, Bob. You have a cool mustache. May your stay in Kansas City be less brief and obscure than your 10 predecessors.

I don't know anything about either these guys, much like I didn't know anything about the prior 10 pitching coaches. I think Buddy has the right to fill out his staff in the manner of his choosing, especially since 2006 will be his first full season. That's about all I have to say on the matter.
Except that they should have overwhelmed Leo Mazzone with an offer he couldn't refuse. Sure, Leo has a nervous tick that compells him to bob up and down in the dugout, but does that REALLY disqualify him from the job? Isn't it against the LAW to discriminate?

Break precedent.

Be audacious.

Raise our eyebrows.

Leo, we never knew you...


At 1:09 PM, Blogger Dave said...

David, the Royals didn't have the option of negotiating with Mazzone. No team in baseball is going to give another team permission to talk with one of its most important assets (who is already under contract) to discuss a lateral move.

If KC was offering him a managerial position, then maybe it would be possible, but that just wasn't the case.

At 4:08 PM, Blogger DL said...

I would have to think that the Royals could find a way of getting that done. It happens all the time in the business world. The Yankees are also interested in Mazzone, apparently, so they'd have to do the same thing. But I suspect the Yankees have ways of opening doors that the Royals...don't.

I also read somewhere that Mazzone is earning $400,000 per year. That seems awfully cheap for a guy who's proven to shave a half a run off team ERA year in, year out.

At 3:17 PM, Blogger DL said...

The Yankees just received permission to speak with Mazzone about their pitching coach vacancy. Why not the Royals?

3 years, $3 million. A huge raise. The mother of all pitching coach challenges. What's not to like?


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