Bean Lust

DMZ · August 21, 2004 at 10:48 pm · Filed Under Mariners 

Every manager’s got their own strength and weaknesses. In light of the Royals sending a pixalated dog into the dugout to flush out M’s so they could be beaned ala Duck Hunt for the NES, I wanted to wistfully remember Lou Piniella, who kept guys on in the bullpen for their willingness to go in and plunk somebody and immediately be ejected. Bobby Ayala, Frankie Rodriguez… Lou’s mercurial nature had its drawbacks, but I like to think after Ichiro went down everyone would have cleared out of the park, because fastballs were going to be a-flying.

Now, I don’t know if that’s a deterrent or not, but… like many of the Piniella v Melvin comparisons, at least there was some comfort in knowing that Piniella cared, and was seething with the same frustration.


2 Responses to “Bean Lust”

  1. Terry Benish on August 22nd, 2004 12:15 am

    He is a worthless son of a bitch…i played baseball until I was 41, I have been playing stratomatic and fantasy baseball for over 25 years. Bob Melvin is without equivocation the worst manager since Bill Plummer and perhaps Maury Wills. He has no sense for the game. He forever brings in a relief pitcher one batter too late, while having the guy ready to put him in at the right time…so he ends up destroying the starter and wasting the reliever. Every player on that team knows how bad he is. He is gutless and inexperienced: its a bad, bad recipe.

    There are two things worse than him in this organization:

    1. Howard Lincoln ~= corrupt
    2. Bill Bavasi ~= a hack

  2. John Hawkins on August 22nd, 2004 12:25 am

    If I was managing, I’d have gone over to Pena’s dugout, pointed at Bucky Jacobsen, and said “If another pitch from one of your Double-A rejects even touches the inside half of the plate, that guy is going to take your catcher’s head off with his bat the next time he’s up.” I’d say it where the catcher could hear it too. He calls the pitches after all.

    They call it hardball for a reason…