More on Davey Johnson

The O’s have won 5 straight. Good…Great…Wonderful. I’m happy with that. The pitching has been great and the offense has been, finally, stellar. That said, the Davey Johnson rumblings are still…well, rumbling.

ESPN’s Jonah Keri has a great view on this:

 If the Orioles bring Davey Johnson back, it would be a sign that they care about winning.

According to a Baltimore Sun report, the Orioles would consider Johnson as the team’s new manager if they fire Sam Perlozzo. The calls for Perlozzo’s dismissal quieted a bit over the long weekend, as Baltimore won three in a row and reclaimed its hold on second place. Still, the O’s are again under .500, after Perlozzo rolled up a combined 93-124 record in 2006 and the last two months of ’05. You could argue that Orioles’ management has failed to deliver the front-line talent the team needs to contend in the AL East. But you can’t call the Orioles overachievers in the Perlozzo era either. In fact, crack open the track record of most MLB managers past and present and you’ll find that they neither caused their team to crater nor led lousy teams to unlikely glory.

But if there’s one unemployed manager who deserves the label of being a winner, it’s Davey Johnson. Check this out:

Team Years Before Johnson With Johnson After Johnson

Some caveats apply. Johnson often had the good fortune of taking over a team with rising, young talent — the 1984 Mets with Dwight Gooden and Darryl Strawberry being a prime example. There’s also the question of whether or not the game has passed him by: Johnson, now 64, hasn’t had a big league managing job in seven years, and his last effort with the Dodgers was arguably his worst performance, given how the team performed before and after his departure.

Still, there’s a lot more winning than losing on his résumé. Johnson always had a knack for putting his best players on the field, valuing performance over name value. Jim Leyland’s successful return to managing shows that a good manager can flourish even after a long time away from the dugout. His firings usually had more to do with his abrasive personality and refusal to genuflect in front of ownership than any failures on the field. By bringing him back, Peter Angelos would be burying the hatchet over disagreements that happened a decade ago, acknowledging the O’s haven’t been the same since Johnson left. It would be a great move for a franchise that needs to get back to their winning ways of old.

Plus, then we can move on to why Bobby Valentine and Larry Dierker aren’t managing in the majors.

The win streak has bought Perlozzo more time I’m sure. I root for the Orioles to win, I never root for them to lose just so a manager gets fired. That’s highly unethical for a fan. But if it comes to if/when/maybe Sam gets fired, I sure hope Davey gets it.

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Rain…ugh

It’s dry as a bone here tonight, as it has for maybe a month, and I decide to catch a game tonight and hey, the game might not get played tonight due to rain.

Anyway, the team has been playing better of late. Taking two against the A’s and the first two against the Royals. I don’t care if the A’s are banged up and if the Royals stink. You get really upset when your team LOSE those games instead of winning of them. Tejada’s hitting homers again. Roberts has his groove back. Steve Trachsel pitched a COMPLETE game. Jeremy Guthrie continues to well. The bullpen has recovered. Baez is no longer set-up.

The cries for Sam’s head has quieted down. Winning streaks usually do that. That doesn’t mean he’s all the sudden is a great manager, but winning makes us all quiet. Besides, I’m tired of trashing Sam. You know where I stand with him and I don’t want to be on one note when ever I post. I’ll call Sam out when its warranted though.

Winning helps.

Throw a log on the rumor mill…

On Fox’s pregame telecast yesterday, Ken Rosenthal reported that the Orioles are assembling a list of ‘outside candidates’ for the manager job.

Ok, so it looks like Sam might be doomed.

Let’s take a look at some of these likely candidates:

Jerry Manuel is mentioned

Joe Giaridi’s name will come up. I don’t think it’s likely because he’s already worked with one jackass owner already.

The bombshell came this morning. I saw this and I’ve been smiling all day.

The Sun reports that the O’s will give ‘serious consideration’ to bring back DAVEY JOHNSON if Sam gets canned.

I’d love this to happen because:

  • Davey’s a very smart manager
  • He can be a player’s manager, but he’s not scared to bark at a player either
  • Hiring him back might just undo the curse that’s been put on the franchise since he got fired.

Bring him back. It’s likely he won’t whip this team into World Series champs this season, but the whole inmates running the asylum will end. The best part is that I won’t scream at my television every time there’s a first inning bunt or when Sam pulls a starter too early or insert whatever else in here. There’s plenty to choice from.

Bring back Davey!

Jim Palmer is the man

I missed the game last night, as I’ve made a habit of doing as of late. But Palmer went off on the team during last night’s telecast. Fortunately, someone post it on Orioles Hangout.

“It’s up to them (the players) they make the money, they play. As Jim Leyland told his guys last year when he took over the Tigers ‘You’re good players, but you’re a bad team’. This Orioles team is a BAD team right now because they don’t play well together.

Now, you know when you come up and get Dave Trembley once a homestand and you’re gonna take infield and you’re gonna take outfield and your catchers are gonna throw – and I talked to Jim Fregosi an advanced scout with Atlanta who was here today and he says ‘Well why don’t they take infield?’ well when your players are upset about that and publicly take you to task – there’s something wrong here. Jay Gibbons said ‘I don’t understand why we’re doing that, we haven’t done that in seven years’, well they haven’t won in seven years!

And you don’t turn double plays and you don’t hit the cutoff man, and you don’t do this and you don’t do that – I still remember what I said to Juan Samuel, I said it looks like they should be better, and he looked out into the locker room and said ‘it’s up to them’. And it is. And they need to look in the mirror and start playing better.

And then all of a sudden Sam Perlozzo will be a better manager. And it’s not that they’re not capable of it, you need to be focused, you need to put away all of the video games and whatever and at about 4 o’clock, start thinking about how you’re gonna beat the Blue Jays or whoever you’re playing. Good teams do. You see it day in and day out, you see it when you walk in the other teams locker rooms. The Orioles – ‘Yeah, we’ll do it tomorrow.’ Well, what’d Jeter say? ‘There is no tomorrow.’ And there isn’t.

And there has to be an urgency. It’s not early in the season, not if you want to win.” 

I know I blame Perlozzo for a lot, and as captain of this ship he does deserve a bulk of the blame. He’s the one who sets the tone for the team. When you have Jay Gibbons gripping about infield, he should say ‘You don’t have to take infield if you don’t want to, but if you don’t, I’m not playing you.’ A lot of this comes down to the players. It seems as if some of them just want to show up at the ballpark, play 9 innings, get a check, and go home.

If you only put the minimum effort in doing something, whether it be baseball, our jobs, baking a cake, painting a picture…it’s only going to be ok at best. You have to want to be the best and make the results show your effort. It seems as if the players, or some of them seem to be just going through the motions. Whether it’s Tejada dogging it first on a grounder or Gibbons whining about something else (he’s wearing thin with me), this team just doesn’t seem to care.

This team does need infield practice. Every team does. No one’s above going out and doing infield drills. What’s the old saying, “Practice makes perfect?” I’ve seen Tejada and Roberts blotch their fair share of double plays. Errors still happen if you do infield, but you’ll be sharper and have fewer of them.

Hats off to Palmer for calling out this team. It needs to be said. It’s been 9, going on 10 years, of losing. In some cases it has been the coaches, some cases bad luck (you make your own luck), but the one staple has been the players. It’s time for accountability amongst them. They need to all they can to not be losers and when they do that, maybe Perlozzo will get a few hours of sleep at night.

Dear Sam,

Sender: Ben [torturedosfan9384838348484@yahogglemail.com]

Receiptant: Sam Perlozzo [buntsnbynum@hotgahogglelink.net]

Dearest Sam,

I think I didn’t notice, but I saw the game last night. I can’t say that I was too wild with Nick Markakis bunting in the tenth with Brian on first. Nick, if you weren’t watching, was 3 for 4 and has picked it back up at the plate. Sorry bud, but I don’t see any logic in that move. It’s time that you acknowledge that you have a problem. There’s help for people you have problems like yours. Here’s the link [buntaholics.net].

Some tips:

*Acknowledge your problem

*surround yourself with people who can help

*listen to others

*use the bunt only when neccessary

*acknowledge that the bunt is not the only means to get on base.

*allow batters to swing

I know a lot of folks have been hard on you as of late (myself include) and maybe that drove you to a bunt relapse. Sorry if it did, but you can’t argue with the truth. Props on finally leaving the dugout and talking to the umps, now you need to work on arguing with them. Don’t ask them what happen, cuss ’em and kick some dirt. You look like you’re talking about the weather or the newest articles in Cosmo. Some show fire man! Your necks on the line.

Regards,

Ben

P.S.- I’m starting to suspect Danys Baez might stink. Please give me news to the contrary.

I think the Earth Just stopped spinning

Paul Bako just hit a triple.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to check my backyard for black holes and make sure the law of gravity is still in effect.

A positive post

I’ve mighty negative as of late, with good reason to be I might add. But all negatives all the time makes this place mighty depressing. There has been one big positive lately by the name of Jeremy Guthrie.

He’s only started three games for the O’s and his starts look like this:

vs Tampa- 6 innings, 6 hits, 1 ER, 0 BB, and 2 K’s

@ Boston- 8.1 innings, 3 hits, 0 ER, 2 BB, and 2 Ks.

@ Washington- 7 innings, 4 hits, 1 ER, 0 BB, and 10 Ks.

It’s only 3 games, but he’s looking like argueably the O’s best starter right now. I know Bedard will get it all back together and Cabrera will flirt with greatness and disaster stimultaniously. But in his few starts, Guthrie has been one of the few Oriole pitchers that don’t give me a heart attack every inning. Why? Because he doesn’t walk many batters. In 3 starts and 21.1 innings=2 walks. He also manages to get deeper into games as a result of the few walks. It’s still too early, but he’s been a joy to watch this far.

Here’s a little background on him I got off MLB.com. Guthrie was his high school MVP in baseball, basketball, and football and class valedictorian. Out of high school he was drafted by the Mets, but did not sign. He attended BYU (freshman year) and Stanford. After college, he was a third round pick by the Mets and in 2001 the Pirates drafted him, but didn’t sign either. In 1999-2000, he was a Mormon missionary in Spain.  In 2002, the Cleveland Indians made him the 22nd overall pick.

In his 2 years pitching for Stanford, he was 26-8 with ERAs of 2.82 and 2.52. In 3 years of getting spent up and spent down with the Indians, he went 0-0 over 37 innings and 6.08 ERA. He was used out of the bullpen with the exception of 1 start.

It’s good to see our team get a player resurrection for once. I hope this is what we can expect game in and game out from Guthrie, because he’s made the loss of the 27 or so starting pitchers we’ve had go down thus far, much more bearable.