In my latest response to your previous thread, I just said I thought it was time to make the change in the front office. I like McClendon as a man, I do. However, he's not a winner as a manager. Sorry. I don't know if the next guy will punch better buttons, but I do think the psychology of this team will change for the better.
How do you tell a pitcher he has to "want" it more? What does that mean? Now try super-duper hard, kid? Huh-uh.
If you're two seasons into a kids career and he doesn't want it....then you'r 1 season too far. But often "wanting it" is confused with "doing it." When Taijuan or Elias (being young) look good, then Manager says they were "focused" and "had the right mental stuff" for that game. When they struggle....well it is because they didn't take The Skip's advice and "want" it more.
Did Felix not "want it" yesterday?
Did the Manager "not want it" enough today. His charges sure were flat. Has he nothing to do with that?
You get the picture.
It's time. McClendon isn't working out. This team is treading water....and some of the personel decisions (and I'm sure Mac had something to do with them) haven't worked out.
Some have, mind you. But, in the end, this is a flailing, poorly constructed lineup.
I've said before that Bloomquist would be not terrible as a manager. Move him out and into the Manager's office. I don't know if he would be The White Rat from day one.....but he wouldn't be any worse than what we have. Is there anybody in the dugout who would do a better job? Jewett has AAA managerial experience....but he's the Skip's guy. They go way back. Wouldn't be a change. Donnelly? Probably a great guy.......but something different? IDK?
HoJo or Van Slyke would likely be different, I think...
But they came in with Mac, too.
Make decision now...before the plane trip to the left coast.
BTW, neither Jones or Guti is in the lineup today. Facing a lefty, so it may make sense that Jones is out. Hicks (of all people) pinch ran for Guti in the 11th inning on Friday. Guti hasn't played since. I wonder if he's tweaked again. Again. Again. Again.
And on cue.....(considering my post in the previous thread) O'Malley homered vs. the lefty today. Romero with a double.
Dollars to donuts we have somebody new fly to meet the team in Frisco tomorrow.
And they may shake hands with a new manager.