MLB 2015, Ce finis

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

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shot to be back with the team, and the reality that with what he wants and at his age, as great as he is, any team would be crazy to get on the hook to pay him $25 Million or more for five or six years. But the Dodgers should try their best to re-sign Howie Kendrick, who was magnificent this past season.

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.

Collins clearly had made the right decision to pull Matt Harvey after eight brilliant innings, and he then let the pitcher talk him out of it. The rest is history, right there with Alex Gordon staying on third base in 2014 and Mickey Owens’ passed ball in 1941. That decision will, and should, haunt Collins the rest of his life, and it will be the single incident most associated with his career. But, it is also a lesson to other managers, one they need to understand and learn from: YOU are the manager, and YOU make the decisions, NOT the players.

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!

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