Exit manager, stage left
Bill Lyon, a much-missed retired scribe for one of the East Coast papers, told this story about baseball managers awhile back:
In 1963, Bobby Bragan, the recently-hired replacement manager for the hapless Milwaukee Braves, found two envelopes in his desk, marked #1 and #2. A cover note from Bragan’s predecessor, Birdie Tebbetts, said this: “Open only in emergencies.”
The Braves continued to free-fall. A worried Bragan opened the first envelope, and found this message: “Blame it on me.” More losses followed. Finally, Bragan opened the second envelope, and read: “Prepare two envelopes.”
There’s no real point to firing manager John McLaren [mb], but he’s become the latest ritual sacrifice on the altar of the Mariners’ continued suck. The new guy might as well have his jersey manufactured by Manpower Inc., since he’ll doubtless be replaced in turn as soon as a new permanent GM is hired.
Here’s an idea: what if we started replacing the guys who can’t hit and aren’t pitching well? Just a thought.
Meantime, for John McLaren: Thanks for trying. You deserved better. Go prepare two envelopes.