Tim Hevly, team spokesman, confirms. It’s up on ESPN. So far we’ve heard nothing as to the reasons behind the firing, but at this point it doesn’t matter much whether he was fired for the right or the wrong reasons. All we could do with that information is do the tea leaf-reading routine, because it’s likely that the candidate will be sold to us as meeting those requirements.
Edit: Added by Dave: As I alluded to last night, the entire staff, minus Bryan Price, also did not have their contracts renewed. Despite Price not being fired, his job as pitching coach is not guaranteed for ’05. If the new manager would like to bring in his own pitching coach, Price could be reassigned.
Edited by Derek to add: ahhh, boy, nothing like a good housecleaning. Everyone but Price gone. Myers may be back in some capacity — especially if they hire Rohn/Brundage. Aldrete I don’t know about.
Also, reasons emerge. They’re sort of vague non-reasons, but the interesting thing is how this search will contrast from how Bavasi was hired: that the’re going to decide on someone, go after that person, and if that fails, go to the next person on the list. At the same time, the list of ‘consideration’ will be pretty large, since they’re going to great pains to say that they’re not going to rule anyone out.
This from the Times made me laugh.
As for when he made the decision on Melvin, Bavasi said it wasn’ t until five or six days ago that he made up his mind. And now what will he need to replace him?
Hee hee. Is he implying that a decision wasn’t made by Bavasi, but instead higher-ups? I mean, we knew he was most probably getting fired way back, and I knew it was certain after that letter to season ticket holders. But like saying there was nothing negative to say about Melvin, this is a polite white lie to make this a less painful occasion. We can mock the M’s for their feel-good ways, but there’s something to be said about trying to conduct your public affairs with class (counter-example: Mets firing Art Howe).
Another funny thing: Bavasi said that the team’s going to be looking for players this off-season that are “self-starters” which cracks me up in a couple ways:
– the player that gets to this level of competition without busting their butt is pretty freaking small, whether they appear unemotional (like Olerud, Grieve, others) or not
– isn’t it in some way a manager’s failure if their players are unmotivated? I’m only saying.
– last year it was “veteran grit” and this year it’s going to be “self-starting”. You know what might be good? And this is just a suggestion — good players. Something to think about.