But, I hope this isn't a situation where the coaches are getting scapegoated for the team's failures. The Nationals coaching staff could have been made up of Earl Weaver, Casey Stengel, Lou Piniella, Vince Lombardi and Erwin Rommel and they would have stunk up the joint with this roster.
I'm all for accountability and change, but if we stop here at the lower rungs of the food chain, it'll be a disappointment.
- Actually there's one thing I don't like about this. It's clear from the coverage that Manny was not included in these decisions, that the decision came from above, and Manny seems at least ambivalent. This is once again an example of the dysfunctional lack of clarity in the chain of command within this organization. The president should hire the general manager who should hire the manager who should hire his coaches. Here, no one was hired by or can be fired by his boss. The structure is just totally bass-ackwards. Fire the coaches, fine. But it should be Manny's call. If they don't have confidence in Manny to run the coaching staff, they should get rid of Manny too. If the Lerners don't have confidence in Kasten's ability to pick his own GM, then he should go. Etc., etc.