Congrats to the Kansas City Royals for a well-earned and well-deserved World Championship, and most of all for showing the baseball world how to do it right. $300 million dollar payroll and marque name empty uniform non-manager? A resounding NO! Hard-working, super-intelligent players, most of whom came up together through a dynamite farm system, learning as they progressed though the organization? Absolutely. By the way, that IS how the Dodgers also USE to do it.
With the Series now over, hopefully the Dodgers will be announcing their new manager momentarily, and the job of re-building a disaster of a pitching staff can begin, along with the hope that two key now free-agents can possibly be resigned. Zach Greinke is a real long
While we know that losing Greinke would give the Dodgers a starting staff that could then rely on only one healthy, quality starter (for now), losing Kendrick would also create a big hole in the infield. Justin Turner could move to second, with Corey Seager at third and Jimmie Rollins still at short, or second could go to youngster Jose Peraza who showed real potential in his brief stint this past season but who is likely not nearly ready for full time major league duty. Then there is the possibility of Chase Utley, who cerrtainly made a mark in his brief stint with the 2015 Dodgers. But, he’ll be 37 next season and coming off a .212 average and significant missed time due to injuries.
Dodgers’ problems aside, I have to get to Terry Collins, who received so many (and generally well-deserved) accolades for the job he did this year with the Mets. When they fired him, I thought “huh”? Seriously? That was based on the far less than stellar job he did as the Angels manager back in 1997 through 1999, over which period his teams went 221-237. Well, after four mediocre seasons in New York, the young pitching caught fire, GM Sandy Alderson made an amazing pick-up in Yoenis Cespedes, and Collins and the Mets had a dream finish. Until, that is, Collins lost the final game of the World Series by committing the worst possible mistake a manager can make – letting a player change his mind.
Despite stories and leaks about Dave Martinez, Darin Erstad, Bob Geren, Ron Roenicke and maybe Casey Stengel, it’s still odds on that Gabe Kapler will be the next Dodgers’ manager, and early 2016 odds have the Dodges favored to win it all. As the team is losing some key players and has numerous other holes in the lineup, this can really only be based on one thing: Mattingly is GONE!