Found May 07, 2012 on Brush Back Pitch:
We hear from managers all the time about how they are “hired to be fired.” Well, we’re still early in the 2012 season but here are a half-dozen who already have earned a pink slip and a free pass out of town. Ozzie Guillen is a head-case.  He has been a one his entire career. Combine that with his pro-Castro rant coupled with his penchant for being a loose cannon and his team playing terribly I don’t see him surviving the season — and I believe that baseball will be better without him. Speaking of head-cases; Bobby Valentine was an epic mistake for the Boston Red Sox unless they were sure this team wasn’t going to be any good. Then hiring him was a genius move, because then they have a built-in scapegoat – all the team’s problems can be blamed on him and injuries. Valentine never had his players’ respect, and called out one of the best people in baseball in Kevin Youkilis earlier this season. Red Sox bloggers are universally against Valentine, the fans in the stands hate him and his...

Ozzie lashes out over Castro question

A follow-up question about the Fidel Castro incident set off the Marlins manager, causing him to do what he does best: curse up a storm. 

Looks like Ozzie Guillen is back to being Ozzie Guillen

Well, it didn’t take long for Ozzie Guillen to return to the Ozzie Guillen of old. We hadn’t heard much from Guillen, other than an apology, since being suspended for his Fidel Castro comments. So it actually could be argued that Guillen has finally gotten it. But just as you begin to think that we may be seeing a new and improved Ozzie Guillen, the same old Ozzie Guillen rears...

Valentine Sticking with Buchholz

“Clay’s performance is not what he wanted or I wanted it to be for sure,’’ said manager Bobby Valentine. “He left a lot of pitches in a real hittable zone and gave up a lot of hard-hit balls.’’When asked if Buchholz was in danger of being removed from the starting rotation, Valentine said, “I have no plans to change him at this time.’’More here. The story goes...

Don’t Ask Ozzie Guillen About Anything He Said Last Month

Marlins PR Guy – “Okay, Mr. Guillen. Now if they ask you any questions about the Castro comments – just say, “No comment.” Can you do that for me, Mr. Guillen?” Ozzie Guillen – “Oh **** You. Grow up, ************.” Marlins PR Guy – “Well, as long as you don’t say that we should be alright.”

Latest Boston Loss Shows Return of Luck, Karma and Curses for Red Sox

Editor's note: is going to tell the story of the 2012 Red Sox in Bobby Valentine's words. Each game day, we will select a Valentine quote that sums up the day for the Red Sox. Lucky. That's a word that champions sneer at, that heavyweights think doesn't matter. When you've got skill, who needs luck? But you won't find any doubters of good ol’ luck...

Red Sox Have Options After 17-Inning Loss -- Just Not Where They Want Them

Editor's note: is going to tell the story of the 2012 Red Sox in Bobby Valentine's words. Each game day, we will select a Valentine quote that sums up the day for the Red Sox. When Darnell McDonald came in to pitch the 17th inning for the Red Sox on Sunday, he was truly a final option. But the Red Sox aren't play 17-inning games every day, and they have so much...

What You Need to Know: Tuesday, May 8 by Daniel Rathman

The Monday Takeaway When the Marlins embarked on their nine-game road trip to San Francisco, San Diego, and Houston, manager Ozzie Guillen’s team was a disappointing 7-15. Seven games in, Miami has improved to 14-15, going from an early afterthought to within 3 ½ games of the division-leading Nationals. Here are the Marlins’ runs allowed totals during this road trip: 1, 2...

The Red Sox are a sensitive group

Cody Ross was on the Mut & Merloni show today, where he had this to say about manager Bobby Valentine: "We all came in with an open mind and so did he," Ross said. "He's been great, he's very energetic, he wants us all to succeed and tries to put us all in the best possible situation. It's been tough for him, too, they've got to him quite a...

Memorable position-players to take the mound

The Baltimore Orioles defeated the Boston Red Sox in a 17-inning marathon at Fenway Park yesterday afternoon, 9-6. Managers Buck Showalter and Bobby Valentine were required to go deep into their bullpen, and had to look outside it for help. After both skippers used 8 pitchers on their roster, they went to position players to [...]

Are Nats & O's booms, Pujols & Valentine busts?

The Baltimore Orioles began the week with the best record in the majors, with Bryce Harper and the Washington Nationals close behind. Albert Pujols was slumping, Bobby Valentine was getting booed and Derek Jeter was hitting nearly .400. Signs of the season, or mere mirages? A quick look at the big questions so far in baseball: --- - Can the Orioles stay atop the AL East? Cleveland...

Red Sox Win Oscar for Lost Weekend

DATELINE: HUMOR! The last time the Red Sox were this bad during a weekend of baseball at Fenway Park, Ray Milland won an Oscar for The Lost Weekend. For those who missed Milland’s only great performance, he played an alcoholic who experiences Delirium Tremens as only director Billy Wilder could present. For those who are too young to have DTs but only understand taking too much...

Buehrle's complete game stops Padres

SAN DIEGO (AP) -- For one night, Miami Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen found someone to close out a win for his team. Mark Buehrle threw a complete-game five-hitter to lead Miami to a 4-1 win over the San Diego Padres on Saturday and its season-high five consecutive win. Earlier in the day, Guillen demoted struggling closer Heath Bell, who has four blown saves this season. Bell is...

Marlins-Astros Preview

A week ago, the Miami Marlins were considered one of the biggest disappointments in baseball. Now, they're one of the hottest teams and on the brink of their longest single-season road winning streak in almost eight years. The Marlins look for a seventh straight win as they arrive for the last stop of their nine-game trip Monday night against Wandy Rodriguez and the Houston...

Red Sox’ lack of offseason moves proving costly

Starting the 2012 season 11-16 there is plenty of blame to go around. You can start with the team itself, or some people have called out new manager Bobby Valentine, but the real issue, and where the real blame should be is the front office. The failure to make offseason acquisitions to boost the teams depth is really starting to prove costly with the injuries and rough starts that...
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