FIRE THIS HORRIBLE HUMAN BEING – FIRE HIM NOW!

Another Original And Exclusive Column From The Mind Of DINO COSTA

–October 23, 2019

It’s true that we never stop learning.

For instance, I had no idea until I read about this latest overblown piece
of news concerning the Houston Astros assistant general manager, that if I
see someone walking around with a purple bracelet on their wrist that it
means that they support the fight against domestic violence in America.

Who knew?

But it leads me to wonder what color the bracelet is for the thousands of
men in America who are also subjected to domestic violence each year?

Or do the men not get a bracelet?

Get back to me on that one, would you?

Apparently, Astros assistant GM, Brandon Taubman, got overly rambunctious
in the team’s clubhouse following their ALCS clinching win over the Yankees
last Saturday night, and turned to a few lady reporters on the scene and
said; “Thank God we got Osuna! I’m so fucking glad we got Osuna!”

I guess he could have left the word “fucking” out of his thoughts.

Osuna, is Astros closer Roberto Osuna, who the Astros acquired in a trade
with Toronto this past July, who at the time of his acquisition was
finishing up a suspension for domestic violence, a charge that was
eventually dismissed when his girlfriend at the time fled the country and
refused to be a part of any investigation.

One of the reporters on hand in the Astros clubhouse, a woman, was wearing
a purple bracelet, which as I noted above is to be taken as that person
being someone in support of any female who was unfortunately involved in a
domestic violence incident.

Okay, I can dig it.

That reporter, never named, was said to have been offended by such
exuberance displayed by the Astros official – and now this thing has become
something worthy of a congressional investigation I guess.

Is it possible to type out my eye roll here?

So nobody gets the wrong idea (when does that ever happen?) I’m against
domestic violence in all situations and with both genders, however, you’ll
need to forgive me if I’m not wearing anything on my wrist which would
indicate my feelings on the matter.

The Astros issued a statement that denied this incident ever took place
before Taubman issued this dispatch:

“This past Saturday, during our clubhouse celebration, I used
inappropriate language for which I am deeply sorry and embarrassed. In
retrospect, I realize that my comments were unprofessional and
inappropriate. My overexuberance in support of a player has been
misrepresented as a demonstration of a regressive attitude about an
important social issue. Those that know me know that I am a progressive
member of the community, and a loving and committed husband and father. I
hope that those who do know me understand that the Sports Illustrated
article does not reflect who I am or my values. I am sorry if anyone was
offended by my actions.”

Well, easy now, Mr. Taubman, anyone with a brain realizes that this is a
mountain made out of a molehill and in no way were you disrespecting anyone
or inferring that domestic violence is something to be taken lightly by
anyone.

Everyone also realizes that in these delicate times we live in, that a mea
culpa such as the one you disseminated was both expected as well as
mandatory, and even with your “apology”, the long knives will still be
out and nothing less than your appearance in the next sensitivity training
class will eventually suffice.

According to something I just read, the person who lodged a complaint was
not only offended but she was also “shaken” by Taubman’s exuberance in
being so delighted that the Astros made the trade for Osuna.

Shaken.

I see.

Well, this shouldn’t surprise me should it? These days everyone seems to be
shaken and offended about something.

Of course, the majority of those in the media have rushed to the defense of
the unnamed damsel in distress and have treated this situation as though it
has all of the importance of a Middle East peace talk.

Interestingly, and perhaps somewhat ironic, is that both teams in this
year’s ALCS employed closers who have been implicated in domestic violence
situations.

The Yankees Aroldis Chapman had his own dalliance with this issue a few
years ago, and yet, until he gave up that home run by Jose Altuve that
punched Houston’s ticket to the World Series, the Yankees organization and
their fans didn’t to seem to have any problems with Chapman as their closer.

Manufactured outrage is in fashion and it’s been in style for years now,
and to me, this is yet another example of that.

The reporter in question probably doesn’t think that Osuna should be able
to pitch professionally after what he was accused of, however, if that’s
the case, the line is long and the stories are never-ending for those who
play sports and have been involved in all kinds of conduct unbecoming over
the years.

While I’ve read various stories written by so many marshmallow
sportswriters in the aftermath of this Defcon-1 situation, while they all
climb on top of their soapboxes, many of them grandstanding to offer their
two cents of condemnation for Mr. Taubman, I have a pretty good idea that
while they’re throwing around all kinds of invective at Taubman, the
majority of people who have come across this story truly don’t give two
shits about it.

Not really they don’t.

To be sure, this flawed and defective man typing these words has never
postured himself, and never will, as a beacon of truth and all that is
right in the world – however – it’s amusing to read the words of so many in
the sportswriting community who position themselves in such ways, rendering
absolute and final judgments, definitive declarations about people such as
Mr. Taubman, about other people and their motivations – while in this
instance also making sure to carry the water of a wounded and shaken
sportswriter.

By the way, the Astros should be happy they got Roberto Osuna – because if
Ken Giles was still their closer the Yankees would have played the
Nationals in Game-1 of the World Series last night.

So much ado about nothing.

So much blown out of proportion so needlessly.

Let’s see a show of hands, how many think the Astros should fire Mr.
Taubman?

That’ll make things all better and restore order, eh?

One national baseball writer wrote a story about this and said that Taubman
needed to show remorse for his enthusiastic words concerning Roberto Osuna.

Memo to this writer: Taubman apologized, so move on.

And by the way, what’s up with all of this “zero-tolerance” bullshit?

We’re talking about human beings here, imperfect people who are prone to
hiccups and mistakes.

Show me a person who hasn’t fucked up multiple times in their life and I’ll
assume you’re bringing me to meet Christ Jesus Himself.

Everyone has things they’ve done or said that they’re not proud of. So
what? What are we, robots?

Players in all sports and in all leagues have had individuals involved with
missteps and other things that have caused them problems…are they not
permitted chances at retribution and redemption?

For crying out loud, in my world, the universe of sports radio, this is a
world littered with law-breaking individuals who have been arrested,
jailed, bailed out, sometimes with repeat offenders, and yet many of these
people are still working – as well they should be.

I guess this brings me back to a subject I’ve discussed previously on a few
shows I have done.

The question of women in locker rooms and baseball clubhouses – as in –
should it be permitted?

The question takes on even more relevance, I think, when we take into
consideration the temperature of the times we live in, not to mention the
sensitivities of so many these days.

The answer is, no. Under no circumstance is a male reporter allowed into a
women’s locker room, which is sort of odd – don’t you think?

In an age where many feel that any gender should be permitted to head into
any bathroom in America, you mean to tell me that society has yet to evolve
to the point where men are allowed to cover women’s sports with the same
intimacy that women are so privileged in covering the world of men’s sports?

Actually, full disclosure, under a hypothetical where I was assigned to
serve a sentence and was forced to cover, let’s say, the WNBA, I’d have
zero interest in heading into the locker room of the Connecticut Sun to
talk to any players. Their appearance outside the locker room and fully
clothed would more than suffice.

Many players have spoken out in regard to this subject over the years, for
instance, the late Reggie White felt that women reporters shouldn’t be
allowed in locker rooms – and there have been others.

Perhaps we’ve reached the stage where having anyone going into any locker
room or clubhouse anymore makes much more sense?

Interview areas, where players come out with their clothes still on, this
could work.

I’ll bet if I polled a lot of players they’d buy into such a scenario
because let’s be honest now, its a little ridiculous for players to have to
speak to people while they’re fresh out of the shower, dicks swinging back
and forth, trying to get dressed, checking their messages, etc.

After all, any reporter having any presence in any locker room or clubhouse
is a privilege – not a right.

Alright, enough of this tomfoolery, can we now get back to more important
things, at least until the next overblown piece of news which threatens all
of humanity comes into play?

Okay, World Series, Game-1 last night in Houston, and I thought that…

JETS GIVE THEIR FANS A MONDAY NIGHT SHIT SANDWICH

Another Original And Exclusive Column From The Mind Of DINO COSTA

-October 22, 2019

It was a shit show that outdid any shit show on national television since I
can remember.

Where should I begin?

How about this: Patriots 33 – Jets 0.

The end, enjoy the rest of your day.

But there’s more to say, much more.

It wasn’t so much the final outcome of the game, because only the most
sycophantic Jets fan alive talked themselves into believing that the Jets
would win last night.

Losing is one thing, however, being so utterly feeble, unprepared, and
non-competitive, to the point where any objective Jets fan would be forced
to admit that last night their team had nothing in common with what an NFL
team should look like – this is what’s so unacceptable.

Unlike many, the last thing I have ever done is to hate on Bill Belichick
and the Patriots over the years.

On the contrary, I’ve always held New England in high-regard and recognized
that what we’ve seen with this organization over the last 20-years, is to
admire a dynasty the likes of when it finally does reach it’s conclusion
someday, it will constitute a franchise that will have achieved what no
other franchise will ever be able to match.

Of course, Belichick is the greatest coach in the history of the sport at
the pro-level, and to see him on the sidelines last night, the game well in
hand, and yet, there was Belichick coaching with an intensity that would
have suggested his club was behind by 10-points with only 5-minutes left in
the game instead of cruising their way to a Monday evening blowout victory.

The foundation of New England’s system over the years, the professionalism
and concrete culture exhibited by the Patriots, the leadership in place,
the vision, the total buy-in from players throughout Belichick’s history in
Foxboro, it was all on display only a few hours ago.

All of the New England competence that has always been a part of the
Patriots pedigree under Belichick is in stark contrast to what the Jets are
right now, and what the Jets have been for so many years since their birth
all the way back in 1960.

The Jets were so thoroughly humiliated last night that I’ll bet there were
players wearing green uniforms hoping that the officials would have a
running clock in place once the second-half kicked off.

Now, I know that I’m supposed to have jumped on the Sam Darnold is a
franchise-quarterback train a long time ago, but I’m sorry, I simply cannot
and will not do that.

Unlike noted New York sports radio voice Mike Francesa, who has said on a
few occasions that Darnold will someday own the city of New York, I simply
never understood the hype surrounding Darnold’s name, not now, and not when
he was at USC either.

I maintain that Darnold was a very hot and cold quarterback when he was at
USC and that the hype-machine that went into effect for Darnold was based
off a single-game, the 2017 Rose Bowl, and that one game made Darnold the
first-round pick that he eventually became.

And as if this franchise needed yet another embarrassing footnote, yet
another ignominious moment which calls further attention to all of those
other pathetic moments in Jets history, well, leave it to Sam Darnold as he
was heard saying on national television last night that Belichick and the
Patriots had him seeing ghosts.

Wonderful, Sam.

It would be unfair to definitively judge Darnold as either a potential
franchise-leading quarterback – or not – at this moment in his career. But
one-week after seeming to breathe new life into the Jets offense, last
night, Darnold looked worse than a junior-college quarterback playing
against the 76′ Steelers.

Of course, Darnold was done no favors playing behind an offensive line that
made it look like New England was rushing 20 players anytime Darnold went
back to pass.

Last night’s putrid offensive line play by New York was not simply a
one-off situation, because, excluding the game that the Jets played against
Dallas the week before last night’s debacle, the Jets offensive line has
been pitiful all season long.

Not only has it been pitiful, but I’ll go even further and state that the
Jets line play has been the worst I’ve ever seen from any team since I’ve
been watching the NFL. That’s an honest and objective assessment minus not
a grain of hyperbole.

The line calls and protections are so atrocious, the inability to pick up
blitzes, disguised or otherwise, is so bad, that it boggles the mind when
considering that, hard as it might be to believe, these are actual
professional football players at those positions – who are being paid with
real dollars to show up and play a game each week.

By the way, I’d like to thank ESPN for putting a microphone on Darnold last
night because if not for this brilliant decision – not only would we have
never heard the Jets quarterback talking about Casper The Ghost – but we
also would have missed his coach offering Darnold a tremendous bit of
advice during a timeout when Darnold went to the sideline.

Darnold goes to the sideline as the first-half is winding down, and there’s
Adam Gase, who tells his quarterback that the plan is to get the ball into
the end-zone and that Darnold; “knows what to do.”

Riveting words of advice and counsel from the Jets wonderboy coach.

On one sideline last night stands Bill Belichick.

Okay, yeah, it’s unfair to compare most coaches to the Prince Of Darkness
in the hoodie, but could there be a bigger gulf between the coach of the
team that’s now 7-0 (Patriots) – and the guy on the other side of the
field who looks smaller by the week (Adam Gase)?

I can’t read the mind of Jets general manager Joe Douglas, but if Douglas
can’t tell by this point that Adam Gase has no business being a head coach,
then maybe Douglas will turn out to be an extension of the never-ending
problems this organization always seems to have.

In a word, Gase is clueless – and he’s not only shrinking before everyone’s
eyes – but he’s also being swallowed whole in his position as the point man
and the face of the Jets franchise on the sidelines – and any unbiased
person can see it.

Adam Gase will not turn out to be the man who turns the Jets fortunes
around.

Gase absolutely has to go. I cannot think of a single positive element that
he brings to this team and this organization.

He’s incapable and completely in over his head, totally miscast as a
leading man, when in fact, his true role should be that of a supporting
actor who gets only a few scenes in each movie.

Does Gase strike you as a leader of men?

Does Gase give off the vibe as a man and as a coach who players will bleed
for?

When you watched Gase in the post-game after last night’s Jets-wreck, did
you see and hear a coach who has a coherent plan, a coach who has his
finger on the pulse of his club, a coach confident and comfortable in his
own skin?

Does Adam Gase come off as a coach who inspires his players and is able to
put them in the best situations to succeed?

Gase is the guy the Jets picked because he was supposedly the coach who
would be able to unlock all of that franchise-caliber talent everyone tells
me Sam Darnold is in possession of.

And yet, Gase’s play-calling and his total lack of imagination with the
Jets offensive unit is cringe-worthy week-after-week.

Allow me to now eat some crow and apologize for initially feeling as though
the choice of Gase was a good one at the time of his appointment. I realize
it may blow the perception some of you may have of me…but yes, I too
make mistakes every now and then 🙂

While the Jets continue to look rudderless and woeful with Gase leading
this shit show of a football operation, another head coach who also wanted
to coach this team, Matt Rhule, has his Baylor Bears at 7-0 and tied for
the lead with Oklahoma atop the Big-12 standings right now.

And if the Jets haven’t yet cut cornerback Trumaine Johnson by the time
this story is published on my website then the team deserves even more of
the cowhearted and gutless play he’s given to this team ever since he
started stealing money from this club from the moment he signed his
contract.

There isn’t a lot of talent on this Jets team, but it’s not like they’re a
first-year expansion franchise either.

The Todd Bowles Jets never looked as bad in any single game as these Adam
Gase Jets do.

Right now, Jets fans are probably missing Rex Ryan, who is another guy who
never should have been a head coach, but at least the Rex-Jets provided a
few seasons of exciting, if not inspiring football, and they looked
competent like any NFL outfit should.

By the way, I’ve decided that even the new Jets uniforms suck – but at
least the uniforms match the quality of this team and their unqualified
head coach right now.

I wrote about the Jets a short time ago and suggested they remove Gase and
replace him with Gregg Williams for the remainder of this season – and my
feelings about that have only grown stronger for wanting to see this happen.

And for any of you Jets fans hoping for Sam Darnold to become the
proverbial “franchise-quarterback” that some of you have already anointed
him as, let me tell you what. At this juncture, you better hope that
Darnold can be as good as Ken O’Brien was when he was quarterbacking the
Jets for 8-years, never mind these forecasts of Darnold becoming the next
Aaron Rogers, okay?

How bad are things with this team?

You mean beyond the fact that they have a dreadful head coach – not to
mention some pretty shitty looking uniforms?

This is how bad.

The Jets need:

A new offensive line.

No, not just a player here and there, I’m talking about an ENTIRELY NEW
offensive line.

They also could use a couple of receivers – and they don’t have a
number-one wideout on their roster right now.

As it is now, they have the inconsistent Robby Anderson who is nobodies
idea of an elite receiver, teamed with veteran Demaryius Thomas, whose best
days are behind him. Quincy Enunwa will miss this entire season, but he
doesn’t profile as a number-one wideout either.

The Jets need not one – but two cornerbacks – as the guys they’re playing
right now would start for very few teams – although Daryl Roberts does show
some heart as opposed to the thief on the other side of the field, Trumaine
Johnson.

The Jets are exceptionally thin at the linebacker position.

The Jets don’t have a legitimate pass-rusher on their defensive line.

Leonard Williams may not be a bust – but he’s been more of an underachiever
instead of the guy who was advertised as a game-changing defensive lineman
when the Jets took him with the 6th pick in the first round of the 2015
draft.

Because this team lacks just about everything – including depth – Joe
Douglas should be in sell-mode before the NFL trade deadline passes on the
29th of this month – collecting as many draft-picks as possible.

Want to know what’s even scarier?

Remember when Mike Maccagan was still the Jets GM and there were rumors
that Gase didn’t want Maccagan to sign Leveon Bell?

Bell is clearly the best player on this team right now – and if you think
the Jets offense has been rancid this season – can you imagine how worse it
would be if Bell wasn’t on the team?

Speaking of Leveon Bell, what a waste of a tremendously talented player.
Perhaps the Jets should see what they can get for Bell before the trade
deadline as well.

Think about this, last year the Jets went 5-11, looked bad is many games,
but never this kind of Jets bad that we’ve seen this year.

So they fire Todd Bowles, which was the right decision, then they go out
and sign Leveon Bell and CJ Mosley, they add Alabama’s Quinnen Williams in
the draft, brought back essentially the same team as last year, and yet
look so much worse than they did a year ago.

Adam Gase makes Todd Bowles look like a great head coach.

After the game, last night, Jets safety Jamal Adams said; “We didn’t come
to play tonight…it was embarrassing”

Expect Adams to begin chirping pretty soon about wanting out if things
remain as they are.

As difficult as it might be for a Jets fan to swallow, you should probably
hope that the Jets finish the season with a 12-games losing streak,
conclude the season with a record of 1-15, which would ensure Gase’s
dismissal, hit the re-set button, bring in a new coach to work with Joe
Douglas and start all over from scratch.

Yes, again.

THE ROCKIES AND METS PULL OFF A BLOCKBUSTER

Another Original And Exclusive Column From The Mind Of DINO COSTA

-October 21, 2019

Baseball’s silly season isn’t too far away.

So let’s get silly.

Rockies general manager Jeff Bridich is facing a huge offseason for his
ballclub.

After Colorado made the post-season in back-to-back years for the first
time ever in 2017-18, the Rockies fell off a cliff last year finishing at
71-91 and if not for San Diego’s awful last 2-months of the season Colorado
could have finished in the NL West basement.

Mets general manager/player-agent Brodie Van Wagenen also faces a big
offseason himself.

Both of these clubs need to make changes – and both clubs operate under
stricter payroll guidelines than many other teams do.

Thus, the ability of both teams to get better while also permitting
themselves opportunities to spend free-agent dollars more judiciously will
come in the form of creative and forward-thinking player trades.

As bad as Colorado was last season, they still have core pieces that could
allow them to flip their record next year and find themselves back in the
post-season, especially if they can improve their pitching which was
terrific the year before, but regressed badly in 2018.

Given some of the Mets payroll obligations for 2020, one would think that
their ability to spend lavishly in free agency will be prohibited by some
of the contracts they have on their books, most notably, the Robinson Cano
deal, which severely restricts what the Mets might be able to do if not for
that disastrous ball and chain contract around the organization’s ankles.

Colorado has big decisions to make, what with the decision that will soon
be upon them concerning their shortstop, Trevor Story, who has become one
of baseball’s best players over the last few years in Denver.

Will they resign Story?

Can they resign Story give some of their other cash outlays?

Over the next two years, the Rockies have $113-million dollars committed to
two players – outfielder Charlie Blackmon – and third baseman Nolan Arenado.

Blackmon has two more years left on his deal after the 2021 season, a
player-option that would pay him $21-million each season in 2022-23 when
Blackmon will be playing in his age 35-36 seasons.

There is no doubt that Blackmon will opt-in on both of those years because
by that point there will be no other teams willing to pay Blackmon anywhere
near that amount of money if Blackmon decided to opt-out of his deal and
put himself out on the open market.

Of course, the Rockies could also seek a trade for Blackmon who has been
one of baseball’s most underrated players since 2015.

So far as Arenado is concerned, his mega-deal with Colorado kicks in this
season when his salary shoots up to $35-million per year, a deal that runs
through the 2025 season, however, Arenado has the ability to opt-out of his
deal following the 2021 campaign and head to free-agency.

Interestingly, it was Colorado who sought this clause in Arenado’s deal
instead of the player himself.

The reason I believe the Rockies wanted this clause in Arenado’s deal is
that they were thinking that if push ever came to shove and they found
themselves looking to deal Arenado, they could possibly make him more
attractive to another club by not tying that club to a massive deal that
extends beyond the 2021 season.

Hypothetically, if Arenado were to be traded to another team and he wasn’t
content to be with that club, he could leave after 2021, or, the team
acquiring Arenado would have the option of flipping Arenado again for
assets to a club seeking to add Arenado as a rental during their stretch
drive similar to what the Dodgers did when they acquired Manny Machado in
2018.

Arenado loves playing in Denver, he grew up in the Rockies organization,
loves being a Rockie, and showed his commitment to the franchise by
agreeing to stay long-term potentially by signing his mega-deal.

But like many players, Arenado thirsts to win and wants to see the Rockies
become an organization that sustains a winning environment.

He’s become the best third baseman in the game and he’s on a definite
hall-of-fame track at this point in his career. He plays the game with fire
and brimstone and he’s as cerebral a player as he is athletic.

As great as Arenado has been, he’s now entering his age 29-season, and the
next 3-4 few years ahead should be the best of his career with Arenado
getting even better.

But there are a few questions Colorado needs to consider:

-Do we believe that we’ll be able to create the kind of sustained winning
environment that Arenado insists on being a part of?

-Can we afford to keep the left-side of our infield intact by paying
Arenado and also coming to terms with Trevor Story who will garner a huge
payday in only a few short years?

-Do we trade Story for assets and replace him with super-prospect Brendan
Rodgers?

-Should we see what we can get for Arenado now?

-If we are able to find a team willing to take on Charlie Blackmon does it
make it easier for us to make a deal with Story?

-Will we ever possess a true number-one starting pitcher?

-With all of these questions and possible answers – are we able to shed
salary in other areas that will allow us to swallow easier if we decide to
keep both Arenado and Story?

-If we keep Story then we’ll slide Brendan Rodgers over to second-base,
right?

-Can we hope that Ian Desmond simply retires?

-Is there a club in the American League that could use Daniel Murphy as a
DH?

-Speaking of Daniel Murphy, what are our plans for first-base next season
and beyond?

For any Rockies fan, the thought of trading Nolan Arenado has to make them
sick. In a lot of ways, it also makes Rockies general manager Jeff Bridich
queasy as well.

However, with both the long and short-term in mind for both the Rockies and
the Mets, a trade between these two clubs with Arenado and Noah Syndergaard
as the starting points could make some sense.

So if I’m Jeff Bridich and the Mets called me to talk about Nolan Arenado,
the first thing I’d say is; “I’m not trading him.” But I’d follow that
up by then saying; “but if I was inclined to do so what could you offer
me?”

If I’m Bridich, what would I be seeking for this elite and prodigious
talent?

What can the Mets offer me that could possibly justify trading Arenado
while allowing my team to get better next season and in seasons beyond
while possibly giving me some payroll flexibility moving forward?

Well, let’s see, the first thing I’d want is a top of the rotation starter.
Can the Mets offer that?

Check.

I also need to upgrade my first-base position with a player who can
contribute offensively while also giving me some really good glove work.
Are the Mets able to offer me something in this capacity?

Check.

If I did trade Arenado I could conceivably move Ryan McMahon back to his
more natural position of third-base, keep Story and extend him, and slide
my top overall prospect, Brendan Rodgers, over to second base where he’s
spent a lot of time in the minors (as well as when he’s been up with the
big-league club). But in the event I can’t come to terms with Story I’d
like some flexibility in my infield with a player who can play second
base/shortstop. Are the Mets able to satisfy this need if I wanted to go in
this direction?

Check.

If the Mets can provide me with a top of the rotation type pitcher, I’ll
keep reminding myself that I’ll be known as the GM who traded a hall of
fame player, so I want even more pitching, young, controllable, with a
high-upside and just about ready to walk onto a major league mound, can the
Mets offer me this?

Check.

And since I’m trading a generational talent in Arenado, I want something
significant from the Mets minor-league system. Since I don’t have a catcher
in my own system who excites anyone, are the Mets able to interest me in a
player at that position who would be of interest to me?

Check.

Hmmm…

Okay, Brodie Van Wagenen, what do you propose?

Well, how about Noah Syndergaard for starters?

“Okay, but you’re gonna need to do a lot better than that”, says Bridich.

Here’s what I’d offer the Rockies in a potential swing for the fences move
in trading for Nolan Arenado if I was Van Wagenen:

Noah Syndergaard.

First baseman, Dom Smith.

Infielder, Andres Giminez.

Pitcher, David Peterson.

Catcher, Francisco Alvarez.

Infielder, Jed Lowrie.

Bridich might question the inclusion of Lowire into the deal, but the Mets
want to get Lowrie and the one-year he has left on his contract off their
payroll. Lowrie is a player the Mets have no need for and moving him in
this deal to the Rockies will allow Colorado to get a year out of Lowrie
where he can strengthen the Rockies bench while not attaching Colorado to
the player beyond 2020.

So Bridich recognizes that the Mets wish to include a bad contract in this
deal by including Lowrie, and while Lowrie could conceivably help the
Rockies off their bench by playing a few different positions while also
providing some veteran leadership, Bridich would most likely be inclined to
ask that the Mets take back a bad contract of his own.

“Give me a name”, says Van Wagenen.

“Well, you guys need bullpen arms, how about you take back Jake McGee?”

McGee’s got a year left on his contract, he’s a left-hander who has had
some success previously, he might be a change of scenery sort of a player,
he could bounce back in New York, so Van Wagenen agrees to take back McGee
in any deal for Colorado.

This move also saves the Rockies nearly $10-million more in salary, plus,
if they move Arenado they also divest themselves of, at minimum,
$70-million dollars with his deal, and when you include McGee’s salary,
that’s nearly $80-million off Colorado’s books over the next 2-years.

But speaking of their bullpen, the Mets want another pitcher from Colorado
and have their eyes on hard-throwing right-hander Jairo Diaz.

And since the Mets have included 3-players on their top-10 prospects list,
Peterson, Alvarez, and Giminez, New York asks for a high upside player,
preferably a pitcher, from Colorado’s system, and the Mets request that big
right-hander and former Rockies number one pick, Riley Pint, be included in
the deal.

So here’s the deal that Van Wagenen is offering Jeff Bridich:

To the Rockies:
P-Noah Syndergaard
P-David Peterson
1B-Dom Smith
Inf-Andres Giminez
C-Francisco Alvarez
Inf-Jed Lowrie

To the Mets:
3b-Nolan Arenado
RP-Jake McGee
RP-Jairo Diaz
P-Riley Pint

The Rockies address multiple issues with such a trade – and so too do the
Mets.

For Colorado, they get Syndergaard and finally get the kind of a starting
pitcher they haven’t had at Coors Field since the days when Ubaldo Jiminez
burst upon the scene for them back in 2007.

Even better, Syndergaard is under team control for very cost-effective
dollars for the next two seasons pending arbitration considerations – and
the Rockies could also possibly strike a longer deal with Syndergaard
potentially.

Syndergaard is also a pitcher placing a premium on his next 2-years as if
he does get to free-agency he’ll want a resume’ befitting of a big deal, so
Colorado also can bank on the fact that they’d be getting a motivated
pitcher with Syndergaard.

With Dom Smith, the Rockies get a plug and play first-baseman with
high-upside, a former first-round pick who appears to be just coming into
his own.

Smith is a possible 25-100-300 player in possession of a fine glove and
he’s under control for the Rockies through 2024.

Smith is blocked at first base in New York by Pete Alonso and he’s a player
who has value to other teams…like Colorado for instance.

The Mets are also willing to include left-hander David Peterson in this
deal, himself a former number-one pick, and a pitcher who is very close to
graduating to the majors.

In addition, Colorado picks up Andres Giminez, an infielder who has usually
been one of the younger players in each of his minor league stops to this
point, a contact and spray hitter who does possess some extra-base power,
and a guy who can play both shortstop and second base with an above-average
glove.

It will cause the Mets some pain to include catcher Francisco Alvarez in
this deal because Alvarez is a terrific prospect, a catcher who is only 17
and who had a terrific season for the Mets in the Appalachian League in
2019.

Alvarez was named the Appy League’s top prospect this past season and his
ceiling is considered to be very high and he instantly becomes the best
Colorado catcher in their system.

For the Mets?

They now have the game’s best third-baseman and including him in a lineup
with Pete Alonso might give New York the best 1-2 corner infield in the
game arguably.

New York also gets a few relief pitchers from the Rockies, one from the
right side (Diaz) and one from the left (McGee), and they also pick up a
pitcher who at this point is much more a project than a prospect – as Pint
has struggled in his 2 minor league seasons to live up to his billing as a
number one pick.

But Pint has a huge upside and if he can be taught to control and command
his fastball he might be a more than serviceable starting pitcher – or
potentially a back of the bullpen arm at some point.

But if I’m Bridich I’m asking for more, and Bridich would be right to
request more from the Mets.

Maybe Bridich asks for Michael Conforto – but if I’m Van Wagenen – I
decline this request.

Besides, if I’m Van Waganen I might be looking to deal Conforto in a
separate deal for more pitching in yet another deal.

Bridich wants more pitching and asks Van Wagenen what else he would be
willing to include in this deal?

Bridich asks for Matt Allen, easily a first-round talent who the Mets just
took with their 3rd pick in the most recent draft and were able to sign.

But Allen should remain off-limits in this deal as far as I’m concerned, he
reminds me of a young Roger Clemens, has a big-league body already at the
age of 18, and I could see him zooming through the Mets system and arriving
at The Ballpark In Queens as early as 2022-23.

But is there another pitcher that might interest the Rockies? Yes.

Even though he was selected in the second round of the most recent draft
by New York, and although he also possesses some appetizing ability
himself, if I’m Van Wagenen, I’d throw the name of pitcher Josh Wolf at
Bridich and ask him what he thinks?

So in my theoretical monster deal between the Mets and Rockies, it’s a done
deal.

With the Mets agreeing to include Josh Wolf in the deal – the parameters
look like this in its final form:

To the Rockies:
P-Noah Syndergaard
P-David Peterson
P-Josh Wolf
1B-Dom Smith
Inf-Andres Giminez
C-Francisco Alvarez
Inf-Jed Lowrie

To the Mets:
3b-Nolan Arenado
RP-Jake McGee
RP-Jairo Diaz
P-Riley Pint

A good old-fashioned 11-player blockbuster deal.

The Rockies get the players the Mets are sending their way in the deal,
they reduce their overall payroll by $45-million for the upcoming 2020
season, they can better prepare themselves if they want to extend Trevor
Story, move Brendan Rogers to second base for this upcoming 2020 season
while adding a young infielder in Andres Giminez who might take over at
second in 2021 if the Rockies deal Story and shift Rodgers over to
shortstop.

Additionally, Colorado now has an exciting young first baseman in Dom
Smith, and they’ve added a high-talent catcher to their system in Alvarez
while also acquiring 2 young pitchers in Peterson and Wolf, and, of course,
a long-sought-after top of the rotation pitcher in Noah Syndergaard.

The Rockies infield next season would be, Smith at first, Rodgers at
second, Story at shortstop, and Ryan McMahon taking over for Arenado at
third base.

With $45-million lopped off their payroll, Colorado can find themselves in
play to re-invest some of these savings to address other areas of their
club, most specifically, in the pitching department, as well as perhaps
another bat in the outfield.

If I’m the Mets, while I’ve traded Syndergaard in a deal for the best third
baseman in the game, I hope for a comeback season from Yoenis Cespedes, I
find a way to trade for Red Sox center-fielder Jackie Bradley Junior, and I
also see what I might be able to get in the way of some additional pitching
and bullpen arms for Michael Conforto.

I place Jeff McNeil in right-field full-time, I resign Zach Wheeler, and
although I’ve taken on $28-million in salary with this deal with the
Rockies, the upside to the deal is simply too good to turn down because it
improves the Mets run-scoring ability and gives them a better chance to win
their division in 2020.

And if I’m Brodie Van Wagenen, I go to ownership with the okay to offer
Yasmani Grandal a 4-year $80-million dollar deal, plug him in at catcher
and trade catcher Wilson Ramos to an American League club where he can be
more of a DH and less of a defensively challenged catcher.

The Mets could look something like this next year:
C-Grandal
1B-Alonso
2B-Cano (He’s playing so get over it)
SS-Rosario
3B-Arenado
LF-Cespedes (Don’t count him out just yet)
CF-Bradley Jr.
RF-McNeil

A middle of the order featuring Alonso, Cespedes, Arenado, and Grandal?

The Mets have no need for Dom Smith.

No need for Jed Lowrie.

Giminez is blocked by Amed Rosario.

Surrendering an established pitcher like Syndergaard and prospect arms like
Peterson, Wolf, as well as a young and talented catcher like Alvarez is
simply the cost of doing business to acquire a colossal talent such as
Nolan Arenado for a win-now team like the Mets.

Signing Grandal and acquiring Bradley Junior, with the addition of Arenado,
make the Mets a much-much better defensive ballclub as well.

Right before the Mets and Rockies get set to send the official paperwork to
the league office, Jeff Bridich says to Brodie Van Wagenen; “Uh, Brodie,
one more thing? Is there any way you’d agree to take Ian Desmond back in
this trade?”

“Hello? Brodie? Brodie…are you there?”

STUCK ON 27 AS JOSE ALTUVE PUTS THE YANKEES TO SLEEP

Another Original And Exclusive Column From The Mind Of DINO COSTA

-October 21, 2019

Noted sports talk radio host Mike Francesa once admonished a caller by
saying that it was silly to refer to Houston Astros second baseman Jose
Altuve as a “great player.”

When Altuve is giving his speech on the stage in Cooperstown in about
12-years, I wonder if Big Mike will still feel the same?

Has the ball that Altuve CRUSHED in the bottom of the 9th inning the other
night, has it landed yet?

What a ballgame on Saturday night, eh?

I figured that after the Yankees D.J. LeMahieu homered off of Astros closer
Roberto Osuna in the top of the 9th that the chances of the Yankees winning
that game shot up to more than 75%

Houston had exhausted their bullpen up to that point and most figured that
Aroldis Chapman would swing the pendulum of momentum toward the Yankees
side for at minimum – 2-innings of work – and that if the Yankees could
score in the top of the 10th against…well, we never got a chance to find
out who Astros manager AJ Hinch was going to send into the game in the top
of the 10th because the top of the 10th never happened.

After the Yankees Game-1 victory, I thought they were in great shape to win
this series and get back to a World Series for the first time since 2009.

It was not to be.

So for the first time since the 1910s the Yankees completed an entire
decade and not once did they get a chance to play for all the marbles.

The last time a World Series showed up in New York? Think the Mets – back
in 2015.

With so much Yankee-futility in this decade which will soon pass, I’m
thinking that Rob Manfred may want to take a close look at Yankees
ownership and find out if they’re the proper stewards for this franchise.

Some Yankees fans reading this are saying: “yeah, I mean Dino might have a
point there.”

As not to confuse the simple-minded, I’m only kidding, of course.

Who had the Astros and Nationals as the final two teams standing back in
March?

Hey, look it now, let this Yankee-hating fan get this out of the way before
I go any further here.

With the consistent amount of injuries this club went through over the
course of a 6-month season, to get within 2-games of the World Series was
an incredible achievement.

And what can you say about D.J. LeMahieu?

I watched LeMahieu in the 7-years he was a Colorado Rockie and so I was
aware of just how good he was – however – the season he put together in
2019 put Lemiehu in another category.

His 10-pitch at-bat against Osuna in the top of the 9th the other night
was, in a word; Epic.

Forget guys like Aaron Judge, Gleybar Torres, and Gary Sanchez, those are
the well-known guys on this team and their numbers were always going to be
there when and if they were in the lineup.

The guys that saved this Yankees season in so many ways were named
Urshella, and Tauchman (Mike Tauchman?), and guys that filled in the cracks
throughout the season like Domingo German, Chad Green, and Cameron
Maybin…and D.J. LeMahieu.

No Miguel Andujar for most of the season, ditto for guys like Luis
Severino, Giancarlo Stanton, DD Gregorious, Dellin Betances, and even Aaron
Judge missed about 60 games this season.

Oh, and no Jordan Montgomery either…and this team still won 108 games
(including playoffs)?

Who is your favorite team?

Take your favorite club and subtract the equivalent of talent on your team
that the Yankees had to deal with this season and then get back to me with
how many games you think your team would have been able to win this season.

So, all things considered, with the number of man-games the Yankees lost
this year it’s actually stunning that this team not only won 103-games
during the regular season – but that they also came within only 2-games of
playing for the whole ball of wax.

Words to describe the 2019 Yankees?

Resilient.

Resourceful.

Gutty.

Oh, and for those Yankees fans who have talked themselves into believing
that Aroldis Chapman found Altuve’s game-ending and pennant-winning home
run funny – you should really think again.

Chapman was in a semi-state of shock on the mound – and he was frozen like
a statue for a good 8-seconds after Altuve’s ball left the park – what you
saw was the picture of a guy who couldn’t believe what had just happened.

I thought that the Astros were vulnerable in this series – and the Yankees
came close to taking advantage – but in the end – Houston was able to play
better baseball in this series and at key moments.

The Yankees left too many runners on base, failed on too many occasions to
come up with clutch hits, and were outplayed by Houston defensively all six
games for the most part.

The Astros were also able to neuter the Yankees most effective weapons in
this series, most specifically, the Yankees bullpen, and the fact that
Chapman was utilized as the force he is only once over the course of the
6-games – that being in the Yankees Game-5 victory – was an indicator that
the Astros were playing with the lead in most games and rendering the
Yankees closer irrelevant.

The Astros not only got a couple of bigger hits than New York did in the
series – but the way they defended at so many points throughout the 6-games
was a huge difference.

Carlos Correa might have saved Game-2 for Houston on the ball that
deflected off of Altuve in the Yankees 6th, before being corralled by
Correa who then threw LeMahieu out at the plate preserving what was a 2-2
tie at the time.

Yuli Gueriel made a few great plays in the series, a nice pick and throw to
first in Game-4 at the Stadium, and in the following game, he robbed Aaron
Hicks of a base-hit by diving to his right before throwing on to Justin
Verlander covering to get Hicks.

In the 6th-inning of Game-6, the JJ Redick play in right field with two
Yankees runners aboard saved at least 1 run from scoring – and if that ball
gets by Reddick the Yankees would have probably taken the lead.

Reddick also made a nice play in the 7th inning of Game-5 in the Bronx on a
ball hit to the wall by Gio Urshella.

Michael Brantley’s catch of the Aaron Hicks ball in the 7th inning of
Game-6, and then doubling Aaron Judge off of first base was as good as it
gets.

The inning-ending double play in the 8th-inning, Altuve, to Correa, who
made an outstanding athletic play to receive Altuve’s high throw and then
being able to clip the second-base bag with his foot, before firing on to
first base to get Gary Sanchez – was yet another sparkler by the Astros.

Looking back, perhaps this series turned on the Yankees in Game-2 when
after scoring 2-runs in the 4th-inning, the New York bats went cold for the
final 7-innings before Carlos Correa evened the series at 1-1 with his
11th-inning home run.

Houston pitching put a clamp on the Yankees offense in the following game
when the Yankees ran their streak of not scoring to 14-consecutive innings
until Gleybar Torres hit a 1-out solo home run in the 8th in a game the
Yankees would go on to lose 4-1.

Starting with the 5th-inning of Game-2 and until the completion of Game 4,
the Yankees played a total of 25-innings and scored 4-runs.

With the exception of a Game-1 onslaught where New York plated 7-runs – and
the Aaron Hicks 3-run homer off the foul pole in Game-5, and the D.J.
LeMahieu home run in Game-6, other than that, for the most part, New York’s
offense wasn’t the be found

How many Gary Sanchez passed balls?

Adam Ottavino wasn’t the same Adam Ottavino as he was during the regular
season.

Aaron Judge was 6-25 in the ALCS, good for a .240 average – while striking
out 10-times over the 6-games.

Brett Gardner hit .136, Gary Sanchez .130, Aaron Hicks .154, DiDi Gregorius
.217, Edwin Encarnacion .056.

Giancarlo Stanton watched from the bench mostly.

The Yankees actually outpitched the Astros from an ERA standpoint.

The Astros didn’t hit much either, but as you know, of course, they struck
with big hits at big moments, none bigger than Altuve’s rocket-launch that
turned out all the lights on Saturday night.

A few asshole Yankees fans disgraced themselves by mocking the Astros Zach
Grienke.

A few more asshole Yankees fans embarrassed-3 themselves by throwing some
shit onto the field in Game-3.

I’m sure that the most insufferable fan-base in all of sports (not all of
them – but many) went apoplectic as they watched Altuve’s missile leave
the yard the other night, as many in the Yankees fan base seem to believe
that it’s their inherent right to win every year, their birthright to win
every time and all the time, almost as if the other clubs in the major
league community are there to serve as nothing more than stooges to fill
out the schedule over 6-months before the Yankees are rightfully crowned
each year.

If you’re one of these fans, get over it, bitch.

Maybe Yankees fans were bored with this team this year? The YES Network’s
ratings for the season were down a whopping 18% overall.

It sucks to lose, but lose the Yankees did, and yes, their season, just
like all but the two teams left standing, is over.

You’re a Yankees fan? Do you think you’re immune from being on the wrong
end of an unexpected ending to your season?

Now you know how Royals fans felt when Chambliss homered off of Mark
Littell.

Now you know how Red Sox fans felt when Aaron Boone homered off of Tim
Wakefield.

Now you know how Mariners fans felt when Jim Leyritz homered off of Tim
Belcher.

Now you know how Orioles fans felt when Bernie Williams homered off of
Randy Myers.

Now you know how Braves fans felt when Chad Curtis homered off of Mike
Remlinger.

Now you know how Diamondbacks fans felt when Derek Jeter homered off of
Byung-Hyun Kim.

Now you know how Twins fans felt when Mark Texiera homered off of Jose
Mijares.

Just to name a few.

So shut up!

Now you know how any Mets fan felt when Edwin Diaz entered a game this year
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GROW UP…you sons of bitches!

Are you under a delusion that only you hurt when your team fails to win,
that only you get enraged at the outcome of things sometimes, that only
you have a passion for your team that no other fan base can relate to?

Silly rabbits.

If you’re a Yankees fan still down in the dumps then try to take some
inspiration from your carnival-barking radio voice, John Sterling.

As Sterling often says to his annoying as shit broadcast partner; “That’s
baseball. Suzyn.”

Just when it appeared as though New York was thisclose to coming back to
tie the series and bring it to a winner-take-all Game 7…their bubble
burst.

A 2-out walk by George Springer.

Followed by a BOMB off the bat of the little guy, Jose Altuve, that sent
the Astros back to the World Series for the first time since 2017, where
they’ll meet a Washington Nationals team that is feeling very good about
themselves right now.

The World Series should be a pretty good one – I hope it is anyway.

But in the ALCS – the Astros were the better team and they deserved to win.

For the Yankees, unfortunately for them, it’s back to the drawing board as
they try to figure out how to get unstuck from the number 27.

And for Yankees fans?

Well, 2009 is starting to feel like ancient history.

 

SOMETHING MLB HAS NEVER DONE

Another Original And Exclusive Column From The Mind Of DINO COSTA

-October 21, 2019

The next manager of the Chicago Cubs will be…Joe Girardi.

Then again, perhaps not.

The Pirates will name Twins bench-coach Derek Shelton as their next
skipper, while the Phillies will come to terms with Buck Showalter and the
Padres will settle upon Ron Washington.

Wait, maybe the Pirates will go with Mark Kotsay, the Giants will select
Hensley Mullens, while the Mets, after interviewing their candidates – will
find nobody they like enough to hire and then they’ll just bring Mickey
Callaway back for another year.

It’s an offseason of managerial merry-go-round in baseball with nine (9)
teams having vacant manager-openings – that is – until the Angels hired Joe
Maddon last week,

So 8-openings remain – and the list of names attached to various team’s
numbers between 15-20 individuals of varying baseball pedigree.

But with baseball’s manager profile changing so much over the past few
season’s and with teams willing to contemplate what they consider to be
outside the box candidates who come straight out of the broadcast booth –
or out of a team’s front office in some instances – there is still one area
where baseball hasn’t yet gone – a place where the other big-3 sports
leagues have gone – but not baseball.

There was a rumor I read the other day that said that Urban Meyer
desperately wants to coach the Dallas Cowboys.

Of course, Meyer is a long-time college football coach who has never
coached in the National Football League.

But many other coaches have made the transference from the college game to
the NFL, among them, Jimmy Johnson, Greg Schiano, Bobby Petrino, John
McKay, Steve Spurrier, Nick Saban, Mike Riley, Butch Davis, June Jones,
Barry Switzer, Tom Coughlin, Lou Holtz, and Bud Wilkinson, to name a few.

I think the record will reflect that more coaches than not who went from
the college game to the pro game were not as successful as they were when
they were coaching up amateurs.

But the point here is that the NFL has always seemed to cast a wide net in
looking for coaches – those who are assistants on other NFL staff’s – and
other coaches outside of the league who have been a part of the collegiate
game.

We see the same thing in the NBA, right?

As recently as this past summer we saw the Clevland Cavaliers hire
Michigan’s John Beilein as their new head coach.

The Oklahoma City Thunder lured Billy Donavan away from the University of
Florida to become their head coach back in 2015.

Other guys I can think of who have made the leap to the NBA from the
college ranks include; Brad Stevens, Lon Kruger, Tim Floyd, P.J. Carlesimo,
Rick Pitino, John Calipari, Leonard Hamilton, Mike Montgomery, Larry Brown,
Dick Vitale, and even Jerry Tarkanian coached a few games (20) for the
Spurs back in 1992. I’m sure there are a few more I’m probably missing.

Once again, we see that just as in the NFL, college coaches jumping into
the NBA have had more failure than anything resembling success – but the
league has been receptive at various times to hiring such coaches.

The NHL?

It hasn’t happened anywhere near the number of times it has in the NFL and
the NBA, but the NHL is no exception when it comes to hiring college
coaches and giving them a shot at the pro-level.

The Dallas Stars current head coach, Jim Montgomery, left the University of
Denver 2-years ago and secured a pro job.

David Quinn of the New York Rangers jumped into his position straight from
Boston College.

The Flyers hired (and then later fired) Dave Hakstol who came to
Philadelphia from the NCAA- powerhouse program at North Dakota.

Perhaps the most successful college hockey coach to jump into the NHL was
Bob Johnson, who coached at the University of Wisconsin for many years, was
first hired by the Calgary Flames where he spent five years behind the
bench, led the Flames to a Finals appearance, before eventually being hired
by the Pittsburgh Penguins where he led the Pens to their first-ever
Stanley Cup championship in his only season in Pittsburgh (1991).

Which now brings me back to baseball and something nobody in the sport has
ever done to date.

Never in the history of the game – or at least in the modern history of the
game – has any major league team tabbed a college coach to become their new
manager.

Not once – not a single darn time.

Weird?

From what I can tell, the closest this has ever happened was back in the
early 1970s and it wasn’t with a team that named a college coach as their
manager – but instead – one that promoted their hitting coach to manager
after the manager was fired.

For 13-years Bobby Winkles presided over the machine that was Arizona State
baseball.

During those 13-years Winkles program spit out prospect after prospect into
organized major league ball, including some well-known names like Regie
Jackson, Rick Monday, and Sal Bando.

Winkles left ASU after the 1971 season and was named the hitting coach of
the California Angels.

Following the 1972 season, the Angels fired Del Rice and promoted Winkles
to skipper only 1-year after he left the college game.

That’s as close as a college coach has come to being named a major league
manager straight out of the college game – and it’s really strange in many
ways when you consider some of the names that never got an offer to go to
the big leagues.

Perhaps the most well-known and successful college baseball coach of the
last 50-years was USC’s legendary Rod Dedeaux.

Dedeaux lorded over the Trojans baseball program for 45-years. How good was
he and how good were his teams?

Dedeaux led his teams to a record 11-NCAA baseball championships and
turned out a conga-line of future major leaguers along the way.

Imagine a college football coach in this day and age who was able to win
5-straight national titles, which is what Dedeaux’s Trojans did from 1970
through 1974. Everyone would be talking about such a coach and what
possibilities might exist for him at the NFL level. Such a coach would
absolutely capture the interest and the attention of any one of a number of
NFL teams – who would want to know if such a coach could bring that same
kind of magic to an NFL team?

Yet despite the gargantuan success, Rod Dedeaux had at USC over the years,
he was never approached by any major league team gauging his interest in
possibly making a jump to the big time.

Dedeaux was a guy who coached a total of SIXTY players who eventually
made it to the major leagues.

He certainly knew the game very well, had connections throughout the
baseball world, and yet, no team ever approached him.

Of course, Dedeaux could have made it known that he was more than content
at USC and that he had no desire to manage in the big leagues even if he
was offered a chance to do so.

Then again, perhaps Dedeaux felt no compulsion to manage in the big leagues
for the kind of money he could have possibly made, because after all,
Dedeaux founded DART Trucking (still very much around today) and was
instrumental in making that business a multi-million dollar company.

But considering Rod Dedeaux, who really was the Vince Lombardi of college
baseball coaches, and the absence of any opportunities he may have had in
becoming a major league manager, either by choice or not, it doesn’t
explain why no other team has ever seen fit to seriously look at a college
guy as a potential successful major league manager.

Pat Casey was a successful head coach at Oregon State until just this past
year when he announced his retirement at the age of 60. Casey led the
Beavers to 3 college baseball World Series titles and never was his name
spoken as a candidate to manage professionally.

Augie Garrido led the University of Texas to 2 CBB World Series titles and
he was never approached about a big-league job.

Ray Tanner (no relation to Chuck) led South Carolina to back-to-back CBB
World Series championships in 2010-11, then he left his post and became the
Gamecocks athletic director never being mentioned as a potential major
league fit for some team.

Skip Bertman led a very successful LSU Tigers baseball program to 3 CWS
titles…never got a sniff from the major leagues.

Not only has a college coach never graduated to a job into the major league
ranks, but collegiate coaches don’t even get jobs with clubs at the
minor-league level!

You would think that at some point this will change, right?

Perhaps it won’t include a bunch of names that come to the major leagues
out of college to the same degree as we’ve seen over the years with the NFL
and the NBA, but at some point, you would have to believe that some club is
going to want to explore the idea of a successful college coach who they
believe can make a successful jump to that of a major league manager.

I see no reason why it couldn’t work.

Of course, if a few were given opportunities, just like in the NFL and the
NBA, some would do better than others, but if a guy can jump out of a
broadcast booth and lead the Yankees to within a few games of the World
Series with no previous coaching or managing experience, as Aaron Boone did
this year, then it says here that a collegiate baseball coach could also be
successful on the major league scene provided the environment was conducive
to success.

Baseball has been innovative and changed on myriad levels throughout the
years.

In 1947 Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in the sport.

In 1965 baseball was played indoors for the first time when the Astrodome
opened, and soon therafter we all became acquainted with something known as
Artificial Turf.

Baseball introduced split divisions and league championship series starting
with the 1969 season – which was the same year that they lowered the
pitching mound.

Baseball invented something called the Designated-hitter (ugh!) in 1973
that was adopted by the American League which prevented pitchers from
hitting while also reducing the strategy of games in the Junior circuit

Free-agency came to the sport in 1975.

In 1975, and only 28-years after Jackie Robinson became baseball’s first
non-white player, Frank Robinson became baseball’s first black manager when
the Indians named him to the post. Since that time many more black, and or,
Hispanic individuals, have been given opportunities to manage clubs.

Baseball has expanded a few times with the influx of more teams beginning
in 1961 with the Angles, then adding teams over the years that included the
Mets, Astros, Expos, Padres, Royals, Pilots, Senators, Mariners, Blue Jays,
Marlins, Rockies, and Devil Rays, not necessarily in that exact order 🙂

Expanded playoffs with re-aligned divisions came in 1995.

A wave of new ballparks swept across the country starting with the opening
of Camden Yards in Baltimore back in 1992.

A team from the National League (Astros in 2013) switched over to the
American League while a team from the American League (Brewers in 1998)
switched over to the National League.

Replay came to baseball…unfortunately.

New rules for slides into second base and at home plate were introduced not
long ago…unfortunately.

Analytics took the game hostage…unfortunately.

And these days it seems that everyone has a chance to be considered as a
manager, no matter if they’ve been someone who has worn a uniform in a
dugout – or not.

But what baseball has not done, what baseball has never done, has been to
seriously consider a qualified college baseball coach as a possible fit as
the manager of a major league team.

When will that day finally come, if ever?