About a week left in the Sox season, and the winds of change are blowing. Ozzie gone, Greg Walker gone, blah, blah, blah.
I read this nugget on the internet today:
When will Ozzie Guillen get fired?
I’m tired of him, the Sox need to change things if they want to succeed. Kenny Williams and Jerry Reinsdorf are stubbornly loyal to Ozzie and to each other I can’t get over this because it’s only amounted to two division titles and one WS six years ago, when will Ozzie Guillen get fired?
BQ: When will Kenny Williams get fired?
My favorite part of that idiotic statement was the 25 words after, “each other”. ONLY 2 DIVISION TITLES AND ONE WORLD SERIES! He’s right, you know, the Sox were battling for division titles and World Series championships every year before Guillen arrived.
From 1960 through 2003, I counted 3 division titles, and 3 playoff wins. Now that’s a lot of winning in my book. What the hell is the Sox brass thinking? Only 2 division winners, and 1 World Series in 6 years. Ozzie Guillen, and Ken Williams, should have been shown the door years ago. These guys are a bunch of boozers. If you don’t understand these comments are dripping with sarcasm, get off the computer, and go eat another bacon cheeseburger
Oh wait.. The Sox did lose the Series in 1959, before they was an ALDS or ALCS. They were leading their division in 1994 before baseball shut down for the year.
Let’s check out some of the other managers who have been with the same team for the past 6 years.
Ron Gardenhire/Minnesota Twins: 3 division titles, no World Series.
Tony LaRussa/St Louis Cardinals: 3 Division titles, 1 World Series title
Jim Leyland/Detroit Tigers: 1 Division titles, 1 trip to the World Series. (I counted his 2011 division title)
Mike Scioscia/LAA: 4 Division titles, 0 World Series
Terry Francona/Red Sox: 1 Division titles, 1 World Series, 2 Wild Cards
Charlie Manuel/Phillies: 5 division titles, 2 World Series, 1 title (2011 Division winner included)
Joe Maddon/Rays: 2 Division titles, 1 World Series
Ozzie Guillen/Sox: 2 Division titles, 1 World Series title
If the goal is to be consistent, then it would appear to me that the Sox have done alright.
Colorado made the postseason twice, including one trip to the World Series, but it was accomplished by 2 different managers.
Yankees won, as usual, but Joe Girardi took over in 2008.
Braves and Brewers each made one postseason appearance before this year, but after 2005.
The Cubs won 2 Division titles under Lou Pinella.
Excluding the 8 mentioned in the above list, the rest of baseball changed managers over 70 times (2006-current).
Hey, I understand if the Sox make a change, but nothing chaps my hide like someone who wants to make a change after his team ONLY won 2 division titles and 1 World Series in 6 years. The only fans that would have a point would be the ones of the Yankees, Red Sox or Phillies. Those teams spend with reckless abandon, so they should be in the hunt every season.
I wonder how the fans in Pittsburgh, Kansas City, Oakland, Baltimore, Seattle would feel about that logic.
I grew up an Angels fan, and I once saw my team go 16 years without anything. No Division winners, no Wild Card, no nothing. The closest they came to a World Series was when the Dodgers won it all in 1988. I would have given a kidney to see my Angels win a division between 1987 and 2002. I did get to replay Dave Hendersons home run in 1986 all the time. That F’n sucked.
I guess I am just tired of all the speculation. Just fire Ozzie already, if that’s the plan. The Sox aren’t winning anymore now then they were before they were eliminated. What’s the difference if Joey Cora, or Harold Baines, takes the team to the finish. Ozzie wants his contract situation dealt with now, so let’s stop hemming and hawing. The plan should be to get ready for the 2012 season.
Oh my gosh, the games. Gavin Floyd gave up 3 home runs and the Sox lost game one of the doubleheader in Cleveland 4-3. Since the Sox were eliminated, Adam Dunn has caught fire. The Big Donkey has gone 5 for his last 13 (.384), with 3 strike outs. That’s all I got to say about that.
Game 2 is just around the corner. Hey, the Sox won. Coming back from an 0-4 deficit, the Sox scored the next 5 runs to get split of the doubleheader. Adam Dunn with 2 more walks,
Sox meet up with the Indians tomorrow.