Is Lloyd McClendon's job safe?
Updated: April 29, 2003, 12:18 PM ETBy Jim Baker | MLB Insider
Well, it is a fairly safe job unless one gets hit by a stray fungo during pregame warm-ups. It is not safe in terms of longevity, but then, that's part of the deal when one is a major league manager. The Pirates have just finished a 3-9 homestand and, as we discussed Monday, find themselves exactly where they were last year in terms of offensive output. While it appears they are headed for another uninspired season, is there any cause to fire manager Lloyd McClendon as some are suggesting?
"No," say not one but two Pittsburgh columnists in
today's papers. Writes Sam Ross, Jr. of the Pittsburgh
Tribune-Review: "Axing McClendon would be ridiculous,
but ridiculous things happen almost daily in sports."
Ross feels that McClendon's biggest sin is a tendency
to have too many meetings. He feels that he is getting
the most out of the talent that is available to him.
Bob Smizik of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette is right
there with him. After listing the litany of Pirate
problems to date, he adds: "A rational mind would
place about 2 percent of the blame for this on
McClendon, but logic frequently vanishes when sports
teams go bad and scapegoats are needed."
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