Captain Obvious Reports Gibby Could be Axed
Update: Baseball Digest Daily (did I mention their superb email alerts for cases like this?) is now reporting that Wilner (did anyone hear it first hand?) says a press conference is scheduled for this afternoon and Gibby is gone before tonight’s game.
I don’t even know who wrote this Sportsnet preview saying the J.P. has the green light to fire John Gibbons, but it’s on Sportsnet and Rosenthal’s head is next to it. That’s more legit to me than Marty York’s sources, who took the trouble to call and tell him that the manager could be fired. Or the GM. Or both. Oh, the insight! The access!
Every hack of a sportswriter is now scrambling to post something self-righteous about how this is a long time coming and they never liked him anyway because he doesn’t cheer on the players loud enough….yawn.
To me, firing the manager is rarely anything more than an attempt to placate the fans. Passing the royal scepter inside the dugout from Gibby to Butterfield or handing it to any of the mediocre replacements without jobs out there has about as much effect on the team’s offence as changing the flavour of Gatorade in the dugout. I hear grape ‘fires you up’ more…
- While praising Gibby’s character, Scott Rolen does point out that “He has had zero clutch hits for us and he hasn’t struck out anyone”. Backstabber!
- The Indians just traded for Sal Fasano and his .193 AAA average (Victor Martinez is out for a month and a half). No word on their facial hair policy.