Overdue New Thread

Monday, January 29 2024 @ 02:33 PM EST

Contributed by: Magpie

Three hundred comments? It's January!

In the immortal words of Deke Leonard (a cuttlefish to anyone who knows that name), "nothing is happening."

But a quick vaya con dios to Jimy Williams, who the more senior of us remember not so fondly. It wasn't all his fault. But Williams inherited a team that was supposed to win and he didn't win. History seldom smiles on such achievements. He was a very well-regarded coach while he was here, but the switch to the top job simply didn't work. As a manager he was a compulsive juggler, forever riding the hot hand, sending pitchers back and forth between the rotation and the bullpen. It's an approach that has worked, in other places and other times. But not in Toronto. He was a baseball lifer, who got two other shots at managing (he was the AL Manager of the Year in 1999, for what that's worth) and collected a pair of World Series rings as a coach in Atlanta and Philadelphia. His major league playing career amounted to just 14 games with the Cardinals in the mid 1960s - he was a middle infielder who didn't hit at all. It's possible that I actually saw him playing with Winnipeg half a century ago. I have no idea if I did or not.