Perlozzo deserves better

Not necessarily to keep his job. A simple fact of baseball, or any professional sport, is that the manager or coach must win. That’s not always enough, but it’s always a fact. Perlozzo though deserves better from his players.

Every time I sat in the dugout during Perlozzo’s tenure partaking in his pre-game meeting with the media, he always backed his players. Never would he call anybody out. Never would he even hint at a specific transgression (and wow were there many from which to choose). He certainly failed at perfection, and it seems, struggled to communicate with some players. You can always tell that when a player talks about the new person as being very good at communicating, while saying nothing about the previous regime.

And that’s what gets me. They said almost nothing. Nobody took to blame, which they certainly had the freedom to do with guaranteed contracts. Nobody stood up and said:

Sorry Sam. We let you down with some pretty lackluster
efforts, but thanks for having our backs anyway.

Either the lot of ’em lack a whole lot of class and tact or we don’t know about some really cruddy stuff Perlozzo did. Since everything of substance leaks at some point, you have to believe it’s the former and not the latter.

Perlozzo ends up with a paid vacation for the next 16 months. Not bad of course, but he’d give it all back in a heartbeat for the chance to finish out his dream job.


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