More McLaren firing rumor mongering
According to someone who speaks regularly with Mariners people, McLaren possibly could soon be removed in coming days, perhaps as early as next week.
Um, that’s pretty thin. That’s deli “so thin I can see through it” thin.
If it is soon it’d likely be after the Angels series, before the next road trip.
Even if McLaren should survive in the short term, it’s going to be extremely difficult for him to dig himself out of the hole of abject underachievement. It’s a shame, too, since the well-liked McLaren waited 20 seasons for the major league managerial job that finally came during the middle of last season, when Mike Hargrove suddenly retired. McLaren responded by leading the team to a 43-41 record the rest of the way.
It’s a shame that he’s not much good at the job he waited so long for? Yeah, that is too bad.
Or it’s shame that he might be fired from that job he’s not good at? I’m not so sympathetic here.
Thing is, the M’s aren’t as bad as they’ve played so far, no matter what cause you want to attribute it to: chemistry, lack of clubhouse leadership, unwilling to win-ed-ness, organizational tolerance for losing… whatever the locker-room theory of the day is. So any change is almost certain to produce better results from the point of the change on out, and then the change will be credited with the improvement and whatever.
Anyway, Heyman’s not a particularly good source, and it’s the only place we’ve seen “could be removed in the next few days” appear so far.