With the signing of Dave Wallace away from the Dodger front office in order to replace (on a supposedly interim basis) Tony Cloninger as Pitching Coach, this might be the precursor to a larger move. With Grady Little (Foghorn Leghorn on LSD) in the last year of his contract, he is extremely vulnerable and was not hired by Boy Blunder GM Theo Epstein. Since the vultures are already calling for Little's head, a new manager would be needed. Before joining the Dodgers, Wallace was pitching coach for the Mets. The manager: Bobby Valentine. This is the same Bobby Valentine who picked the Red Sox to win the World Series before the season, and who looks like he is attempting to manuever his way into the managerial position. Bobby Valentine as Red Sox manager? That is a sickening thought.
I consider the switch from Pathetic to Loser to be a promotion.
You know it's coming. Theo is going to try and model the Sox after the Athletics, and part of that is running the organization from the top down. I don't necessarily think Grady will get canned this year (though he could), but I think Theo would like to replace the coaching staff with as many handpicked men as possible. The other thing is that Grady loves the sacrifice, and that goes against the Billy Beane model of winning baseball. I'm surprised he's been getting away with it for as long as he has, which makes me think that either a.) Theo has nothing against the sacrifice, or b.) Grady has that authority.
If Grady does get canned, and Mike Hargrove doesn't come back as O's skipper, Grady is somebody I could live with.
GO THEO GO!!!! :)
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I think too many people talk crap about Bobby Valentine, most of whom couldn't coach a little league team. Valentine is one of the most knowledgeable baseball people ever. Is he a great Coach? No, but he is a good one. The reason he wouldn't fit in with the Red Sox is some of the players are like the Mets players he coached: FULL of themselves! I love the Red Sox, but they always have a few players who think their shit don't stank! This year we have alot of new gritty guys who seem to love the game, I hope that whatever bad seeds we do have don't taint that. I think it's a hard job coaching the on field and off field drama of the Boston Red Sox and some off the media and fans add to the crazy situations this team finds itself in again and again. There are only a select few that have the strong will to coach the Red Sox to a World Series win, and I hate how other Sox fans and media types act like any Tom, Dick, Harry or themselves have all the answers and could do it. Please, get over yourselves, you bunch of clowns!
If Epstein is really a Beaneitude follower, then maybe he can hire Art Howe. Lord knows the Mets are itching to clean house.
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Beane didn't like Howe, hence Howe's presence in NY.
I think this whole Sox team is going to look vastly different in a few years. Pedro, Nomar, Lowe and Varitek are all in their contract seasons in 2004. How many of them will stay? (I'm guessing by then we'll see Youkilis at 3rd, Sanchez at 2nd, and possibly Shoppach behind the dish - Beane doesn't like Varitek that much, either.)
I've had a fear for a few years that some dumbass high up in management might trade Freddy Sanchez. I have a feeling he will be awesome, so I want him to stay! I think they are going to keep 2 of the 4, I hope it's Nomar and Pedro.
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