Would it have taken this long to remove Eric Gagne from the closer’s role had he been making the league minimum instead of $10 million?
I’m going to venture to say, no.
According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Brewers’ manager Ned Yost would not elaborate on what was wrong with Gagne, saying,
“I’m not going to tell you and I’m not going into it because it’s nobody’s real business. Plus I don’t want to let anybody know in case the opposing team sees it….”
Pssst…Ned, Gagne has blown 5 of 14 save opportunities, I think opposing teams already knows what’s wrong.
Swing your purse, Richie.
According to MLB.com, Richie Sexson charged the mound Thursday night when Texas’ Kason Gabbard threw a pitch that sailed high, but over the plate, because “
After two Rangers had been hit by pitches, Sexson expected to be a retaliatory target when he came to bat with two out and the bases empty.”
Sexson must have some kind of ego, why in the world would anyone want to hit a .209 hitter who was mired in a 1-for-15 slump?
Not only did Sexson, 6-8 240-pounds, wrongly charge the mound, but he decided to take off his helmet and throw it at Gabbard, 6-3 200-pounds,
in lieu of punching him.
Too bad Sexson wasn’t in the lineup on Sunday, he would have looked right at home swinging a pink bat.
If only the real world were like baseball, what a wonderful place it would be.
How would you like to be able to walk into your boss’ office tomorrow and tell him that you’re just not getting the job done and that he should consider moving someone else into your position until you can straighten things out.
Thus was the case for both Eric Gagne and Jason Isringhausen.
According to Yahoo! Sports, Isringhausen said, “It was time for manager Tony La Russa, pitching coach Dave Duncan and general manager John Mozeliak to consider finding another closer “until I can get on track.”
And on Saturday night Gagne was quoted in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel referring to his status as closer, saying, “You know what? I’m a pitcher on this team,” Gagné said, purposely deemphasizing his once-specialized role. “I don’t deserve it right now.”
Of course, you would continue to draw your current salary while you were demoted to a lesser position.
I know I’ve already ripped on Gagne and the Brewers, but there’s enough humor there to mention them twice.
Blowup dolls in the clubhouse sounds like a good time, until you actually open the doors and let the outside world in.
I can’t believe what I was hearing on Chicago radio last week as some people actually tried to defend the White Sox players right to do what they want in their clubhouse.
C’mon people, there’s a lot of things that are permissible when you’re with the guys or girls, but not in a public forum.
Two blowup dolls in a compromising position, just may be one of those things.
You make the call.
On average the designated hitter position is producing a .238 batting average with 5 home runs and 19 RBI.
Meanwhile, Barry Bonds sits at home watching his head and feet grow awaiting an offer.