Bench coach Bob Schaefer was on Jim Bowden’s “Inside Pitch” XM radio show this afternoon. Big deal, right? Well, think again, because Schaefer was full of juicy quotes about the club, which Bowden was kind enough to put on Twitter. Such as…
Bob Schaefer,LAD bench coach just told us that he doesn’t see Joe Torre coming back to manage next year, but thinks he will stay in the game
Schaefer told us that Don Mattingly turned down managerial positions to stay in LA….but with ownership situation..everything is up in air
Bob Schaefer just told us that Manny Ramirez was “Superman” before he tested postive for ped’s and not the same player afterwards
Bob Schaefer: “Will have to pull a rabbit out of the hat for the Dodgers to contend next year”
Bob Schaefer: I have no comment on Matt Kemp, he is a mystery to me
(**full disclosure, I didn’t hear any of this live, but this is all coming directly from Bowden’s Twitter, so I doubt he’s misstating any of it.)
Whether you agree with his positions or not isn’t the point; you can certainly make the case either way. But what’s notable here is that these aren’t the words of a man who expects to be back in 2011, particularly on the point that the team “will have to pull a rabbit out of the hat for the Dodgers to contend next year.” Nor is this seemingly the best way to keep peace within the clubhouse for the rest of this year, is it?
I also wonder about his statement that Don Mattingly turned down managerial positions to stay in LA. I assume that he wasn’t clear and actually meant managerial interviews, which I believe he could have had in Cleveland and Washington. As far as I know, Mattingly’s never been offered a managerial spot, unless some team wanted him to start in the minors.