Bavasi and the Randolph firing
One of the things Dave mentioned in the post on Bavasi’s firing was that as much as we disagreed with Bavasi, we’ve always had a lot of respect for the way he did his job and treated people. It showed up in ways that we saw as fans — for instance, they agonized about how best to move away from Bret Boone when Boone was clearly done as a player, going so far as to give him to Minnesota where he’d have a shot at playing time. And it showed up in ways many fans didn’t see — under Bavasi, the M’s were an organization where if you were a AAAA player and there was a chance to get some major league service time with another organization due to injuries or whatnot, they’d release you from your deal and let you go sign somewhere else, with their best wishes.
Bavasi deserves credit for facing the press after his firing (in which he does fire some spicy parting salvos at the players, but he also admitted the towel thing was a bad idea) but moreover, I wanted to point out that in his time here, the M’s never had the kind of issue that other teams have — releases conveyed by text message, coaches fired through intermediaries, all of that. The kind of thing that just happened to Willie Randolph, where he and the coaching staff were sent on a road trip not knowing if Randolph would be managing the next game or if any of them would have jobs in a week, only to be fired… that’s an awful thing to do to someone, no matter what they thought of Randolph’s performance, and it isn’t something I can even imagine happening in the last few years, no matter how bad things got.
I don’t know how much that’s worth to everyone, but it’s worth something.