Guys and gals,
I hate to say this- -but doesn’t everything up til now sorta feel like stars are aligning and the sea is parting for our team? Something feels very goosebumpy and special about this whole deal to date.
The cherry on top thus far was McCann’s frozen rope to clinch the win tonight, and get a sweet bat made out of glass, ice or some other crystaline substance. Perhaps it is Doc Holliday kryptonite, which would be fine with me. I can’t stand that dadgum robot.
Woo hoo. The Braves win without the Braves having to play a game.
Dumb girl question: So, the managers of the NL and AL All-Star teams are the managers whose teams won the division pennants the previous year, yes? Let’s just say that the Braves – at the very least – win the NL. Does… Can… Bobby come out of retirement to manage the All-Star NL team next year?
I doubt Bobby would do that. One thing he has been great about is deflecting attention away from himself. I was kind of shocked that Manuel did not have him as a coach on the team last night, and maybe he asked him and Bobby declined. I don’t know how it would work. Either the new Atlanta coach or the team who lost in the NLCS? That is a good question.
Normally the managers of the All-Star Game are the managers who faced each other during the previous year’s World Series. The coaching staff for each team is selected by its manager.
This honor is given to the manager, not the team, so it is possible that the All-Star manager could no longer be with the team with which he won. This happened in 2003, when Dusty Baker managed the National League team despite having moved from the National League champion San Francisco Giants to the Chicago Cubs. This has also included situations where the person is no longer actively managing a team. For the first All-Star Game, intended as a one-time event, Connie Mack and John McGraw were regarded as baseball’s venerable managers, and were asked to lead the American and National League teams, respectively. McGraw came out of retirement for that purpose. Dick Williams resigned after managing the Oakland Athletics to the 1973 World Championship. In 1974, he became manager of the California Angels, whose uniform he wore for the game. In 1979, Bob Lemon managed the American League team after having been fired by New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner.
There have been some exceptional cases where the usual rule was abandoned. After the 1964 season and the World Series, the managers, Johnny Keane of the St. Louis Cardinals and Yogi Berra of the New York Yankees, both left their teams and found new jobs in the other league—Keane was hired to manage the Yanks and Berra became a player-coach with the New York Mets. The Philadelphia Phillies and Cincinnati Reds had finished in a second-place tie in the NL; the Chicago White Sox had finished second in the AL. Cincinnati’s manager, Fred Hutchinson, had died in the off-season, so Gene Mauch of the Phillies and Al Lopez of the White Sox were chosen to be the managers for the 1965 All-Star Game.
Because of the season-ending 1994-95 MLBPA strike, for 1995 the leagues chose the managers of their mythical “league champions”, Buck Showalter of the New York Yankees and Felipe Alou of the Montreal Expos as managers for the All-Star Game.
In other news…a co-worker just called me from her lunch hour to tell me that the Braves have traded Yunel Escobar and Jo-Jo Reyes for A-Rod. I LAUGHED IN HER EAR. No frakking way could that be true. A hilarious rumor, though.
I’m not sold on this deal. you potentially have no left side of your infield next season. i guess I am happy that we moved Jo Jo. Oh well. That answers that question. That’s a lot of talent to give up for a 33 year old who is having his best season. Ever. By far.
Getting a healthy J-Hey back could be just the trade the Bravos needed. It’s time to pound the Mutts and Sillies into submission. Did I mention I’m really excited about this team? It’s not a matter of hoping we can hold off the other two teams in our division. I will be absolutely shocked if the Braves don’t win the East.
Curt, I think Manuel asked Bobby to be a coach early, but Bobby said let one of the younger guys do it. Knowing Booby, I’m sure if the Braves make it to the series, then he would want the new manager to do the All-Star game next year. That said, the only team that scares me in the postseason (preventing the Braves from making the WS) are the Cardinals. If they make it, which I would be shocked if they didn’t. It would suck to have to face Carpenter and Wainwright in the playoffs. The Braves are traditionally not very good against those two pitchers. The Rockies would also be tough in a 5 game series. Long way to go before then, so GO BRAVES!
My guess is that ajc bloggers are throwing a celebratory party over the Esky trade. They will all make Gonzalez out to be a god based on the 17 hrs he has so far this year. Everyone will ignore that his career BA and OBP are much much lower than Escobar’s. I remember years ago when we traded for that SS from the Cubs, I think his name was for Hernandez, and that was supposed to seal the deal for a Championship. It didn’t. This trade reminds me a lot of that one in terms of the player we’re getting. Who knows, maybe it will work out for the best…
Wow. I’ve been off the grid this morning and just saw the Escobar news. I’m kind of in shock. I have no concerns about losing Jo Jo. That part is a blessing. But I’m surprised about Gonzalez. He kinda blows. Haven’t looked at the minor league guys yet. As much as I was done with Escobar, I’m a little sad about his departure.