Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Win Right Now!

We live in a competitive world now. Particularly in athletics. Gone are the days when a coach has a long tenure and rule a team with an iron fist. It's win right now, win at all costs world in sports. A coach is hired to be fired. A coach is on the hotseat if winning results aren't produced quickly.
I'm not gonna name a lot of names now, but I will name two baseball men who must win this year. And quite possibly, they're two teams can meet in the American League playoffs.
First let me discuss Buck Showalter of the Baltimore Orioles. He's built the foundation for winning teams with the New York Yankees, Arizona Diamondbacks and the Texas Rangers. He's installed as manager for young teams. He teaches the young guys to be major leaguers. He shows them how to win. He has a set of rules he wants his young team to follow. Problem is, the young kids turn out to be established major league veterans. His act grows old and they tune Showalter out. He eventually gets fired. He has never enjoyed the success of his hard work in building a winning team.
He's building a winner in Baltimore. Everything is falling into place there. The Red Sox are reloading and rebuilding. The Yankees are chasing the Orioles. The Yanks are caught up in the Derek Jeter farewell tour. Baltimore has to win THIS YEAR! Time will tell.
Now let's discuss Oakland A's GM Billy Beane. What a life this guy has had. Number one draft pick, marginal player, great scout, and now a highly respected GM. Let's not forget Brad Pitt played him in a movie.
He's had very little to work with. Talent wise and money wise. The A's were the American League doormat three years ago. They are now back to back American West Division champs. Number three is on its way. The problem here is losing to the mighty Detroit Tigers and perennial douche bag Justin "My life is better than yours" Verlander. To get over the hump this year, Beane traded All Star slugger Yoenis Cespedes to the Boston Red Sox for Johnny Gomes and Jon Lester. He's also traded for Jeff Samardzija. Billy Beane is all in. He's in it to win it! I say the Red Sox trade is going to benefit Boston for years to come. Jon Lester said today he's going back to Boston when he's a free agent this winter.
So if Billy Beane wants to look like a genius, the A's have to win right now.
It's August 13th. There is still lots of baseball to be played. The window for the A's or Orioles to win is very small. Only one team can jump through the open window.

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