Friday, October 08, 2010
Random Thoughts On The Postseason, And Another Dodger Firing
- Let's get the bad news out of the way, if indeed it is: Frank McCourt pulled the plug on president Dennis Mannion. Mannion was responsible for the Mannywood section (pulled down in early August). The Times article mentions a press release, but none appears on the team press release page. Typical Frank.
Update: Steve Dilbeck:
It was Mannion, of course, who absolutely trashed Jamie in a deposition in the McCourts' divorce proceedings, claiming she was frequently absent from executive meetings and not capable or interested in focusing on the team.
Frank thanked Mannion profusely for his support, and then showed him the door. What a workplace.
- Fun stuff: Mike Scioscia will return to "The Simpsons", guest-voicing himself on an upcoming episode.
- If it weren't for the Giants' 1-0 victory last night over Atlanta, no home team would have won a postseason game. Roy Halladay pitched only the second no-hitter in postseason history with a 4-0 complete game over the Reds on Wednesday. Tim Lincecum was nearly as good, getting a two-hit shutout yesterday while fanning 14 Braves. Year of the Pitcher, indeed — helped out with some bad umpiring (again), which is why there are calls for greater disciplinary transparency. The Twins had similar problems with their Game 2 at home (resulting in a 5-2 loss to the Yanks) on a blown strike three call to Lance Berkman; the next pitch ended up bouncing off the wall for an RBI double.
The Rangers return to Arlington Saturday after making the Rays look like Little Leaguers two games in a row, the second against a shockingly feeble Tampa Bay offense that failed to score in a 6-0 loss Thursday.