The Circus Continues: So Long, Trey Hillman

Well, this isn’t getting any less ugly, is it? Bill Shaikin and Jon Heyman each reported that the Dodgers have fired bench coach Trey Hillman, which is not a big surprise at all; I suggested as much would happen yesterday and heard that might happen for much longer. And I can’t really argue with it; Hillman’s role as a bench coach is to advise his manager in such things as in-game strategy, which we all agree was Mattingly’s weak point, and Hillman was generally hated by smart people when he was the manager in Kansas City.

Except… Hillman (and scout Wade Taylor, Mattingly’s former Yankee teammate who was also let go) are considered among Mattingly’s closest friends, report both Heyman and Molly Knight. And Shaikin adds that when Hillman was informed of the move, it was Ned Colletti delivering the news, without any involvement from Mattingly.

And so we’re left to wonder… just what in the hell is going on here? This is some straight-up McCourt-era chicanery in terms of public relations blunders, something this ownership group was supposed to be light years beyond. The fact that this is still not resolved — forget “still”, really, the fact that yesterday’s press conference was ever even allowed to happen with this lingering — is absurd.

You can read this in one of two ways — either swallowing a team-selected bench coach is a condition of any Mattingly extension, or firing some of his best friends is designed to put pressure on him to leave rather than have them fire him.

Either way, it’s ugly, and just not at all appropriate for a team that just came within two games of the World Series. If this isn’t resolved one way or another — and at this point, I don’t even care so much if he stays or goes than just that a decision is made — by the end of the day, this team has gone completely off the rails. And that’s not at all what I expected to be writing a mere three days ago.

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DavidGriffBecerra
DavidGriffBecerra

So Puig is gonna play winter ball right? Along with Guerrero?

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UGH, just remembered: World Series starts tonight.

Noel D
Noel D

Dan Patrick says... Clayton Kershaw will make more $ per start in 2014 than Mattingly will make in all of all 2014*

*even if Donnie is still the Dodgers' manager

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2022 comments on a thread about the bench coach being fired.

WBBsAs (In Dog We Trust. Un Planeta Sin Gatos)
WBBsAs (In Dog We Trust. Un Planeta Sin Gatos)

From a Gnatblog" "Regardless of whether he continues to pitch well, Lincescum is a DRAW. People love seeing him pitch. He, Twitterboy, and Sergio Romo were the players that drew me to follow the Gnats in the first place. Lincescum, Sergio, the Poseur, and FLABLO are the reasons I continue to follow the Gnats. Sure, other players are good, but we're talking CHARISMA here, which can't be understated. Charisma is extremely important." (Edited for accuracy)

Purple Drank
Purple Drank

has anybody ever thought about creating a Mike Petriello account? like TRIPPINGBERTRAM ?

steelmohawk
steelmohawk

Mike got us all hooked on 1 post every 2 hours yesterday, and now he is waiting for us to all get strung out.  He is probably about to setup a paywall, knowing we will all have to buy to get our fix.

DavidGriffBecerra
DavidGriffBecerra

Money can't buy charisma is the new money can't buy chemistry

steelmohawk
steelmohawk

so either kershaw is going to make over $34M a year, or Donnie is going to make under $1M?

DINGERS!
DINGERS!

HURTFUL TRUTH DRANK. Bob is rubbing off on you.

Oh shit that was DAVE

DavidGriffBecerra
DavidGriffBecerra

I can't keep up with all these hot stats.

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