The Toronto Blue Jays fired manager Carlos Tosca just one hour following their 8-2 loss to N.Y. Yankees on Sunday. Jays first base coach John Gibbons will take the reins as interim manager for the remainder of the season. In his two and a half years as Jays manager, Tosca led the Jays to a 191-191 record.
I know this may sound stupid but I really don't see how a "good" coach makes much of a difference on a baseball team. It's not like a football coach, or a hockey coach, or a basketball coach where you rely heavily on plays. I know there are pitches, and certain plays that are used but I can't see how you can blame a baseball coach for a teams hard play unless it's a motivating factor.
I agree IAMCAPER! Although the coach is the guy who calls the shots in the dugout, it's the players who have to step it up. I think the Jays need to get rid of Carlos Delgado, who hasn't and can't seem to step it up. They already asked him to wave his no-trade clause but he refused. The Jays know they can't afford the $17 million (plus) that Delgado already makes. And Delgado wants an increase in salary from any team who wants him. I think he is a player who started out with a love of baseball but has began to see only dollar signs. My opinion: Delgado is a bum and with him on the team the Blue Jays are headed nowhere.
I feel sort of silly replying to my own post, but what the hell.
I just wanted to say THANK GOD Carlos Delgado is gone from T.O. Now the Jays can start focusing on the real talent; Vernon Wells, Alex Rios, and yes, I think Eric Hinske is also about to have a breakout season.
Acquisitions of Shea Hillenbrand and Corey Koskie should add some depth to the roster. A 3-year payroll of $210 million should also help.
I would like to end this thought by adding THANK GOD DELGADO IS GONE. (PS: He only went to Florida because he was sick of the cold and wanted the heat; SISSY!!!)
Sounds a lot like Vince Carter and Wayne Gretzki's wife!
I think the extra $20 million per year in the Jays budget could make a huge difference but they still have to focus on being the draft giants they have been. Imagine if the Expos had the money to keep all the players they drafter over the years?!!!!
You're 100% right. I've always been confident in the Jays scouting and minor league system. Shannon Stewart and Shawn Green are a couple of the standouts. Unfortunately they can't seem to hang on the them. I think they've got a few good pitching prospects in the farm system now. Hopefully they will use some of the money to secure some long time pitching staff. They especially need some work in the bullpen. Hopefully Billy Koch will have a comeback season.
I also think they need to make some changes to their coaching staff. I think their pitching coaches just aren't being effective with young pitchers.