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Managers on parade

Dec 7, 2009, 12:13 PM EDT

Fun Winter Meetings stuff:  every Major League manager with the exception of Charlie Manuel and Joe Torre are being made available to the media at set times over the next three days. Today we’ve got Bobby Cox and Jim Riggleman at 2PM, Piniella and Dave Trembley at 2:30, Ozzie Guillen and Terry Francona at 3:00, Ron Washington and Dusty Baker at 3:30 and Don Wakamatsu all by himself at 4PM.  Apparently he gets his own deal because the world financial markets hang on Wakamatsu’s every word or something.

I’m going to hang around and may even ask some questions. If any of you have anything you’re just dying to learn from these guys, put it in the comments. Assuming it’s not the sort of thing that’s going to get me punched out, I’ll ask it.

As for reporting it:  I’m not going to parrot back all of that “we just take it one game at a time” and “we’re really excited about next year” baloney.  If someone says anything interesting, however, I’ll pass it along.

The early money is on Ozzie Guillen.

  1. Ernest - Dec 7, 2009 at 12:21 PM

    To Dusty: what is your obsession with putting speed guys who cant get on base at the top of your order? They cant “make things happen on the bases” if they cant get there.
    If you asked that you would be my hero, Craig.

  2. aleskel - Dec 7, 2009 at 12:27 PM

    hey, see if you can get Torre to tell one of his Bob Gibson stories! We don’t hear those nearly enough!

  3. RichardInDallas - Dec 7, 2009 at 12:45 PM

    To Ron Washington:
    1) Assuming that Pudge is with the team next year, how do your three catchers line out at this point? Do we go back to trying the Teagarden backed by Pudge with Saltalamacchia as emergency catcher/backup at first/pinch hitter off the bench? Or is there another plan?
    2) Are you thinking rotation for Feliz or Wilson? If so, which one? Or do they stay in the pen as setup/closer, and in which order?
    3)What is Rusty Greer’s future function with the organization since he didn’t get the hitting instructor’s position?

  4. dl3 - Dec 7, 2009 at 12:48 PM

    When Gardenhire is available…ask him the chance that Mauer is batting 2nd next season.

  5. Wade - Dec 7, 2009 at 12:49 PM

    Bobby, it looks like you may have an enviable overabundance of (potential) late inning veterans if Soriano sticks around. That said, what’s up with 2010’s payroll, and how is that going to dictate (potential)productivity from the outfield positions? Diaz, McClouth, and WHO?

  6. Kelly - Dec 7, 2009 at 1:35 PM

    Dusty, don’t you think Milton Bradley would be the perfect type of ballplayer for you to serve as mentor?

  7. Ron - Dec 7, 2009 at 2:19 PM

    Ask all of them if any of them feel worthy of carrying Whitey Herzog’s jockstrap?
    No, seriously, since in today’s world of sabermetrics we know that all managers are irrelevant to team success, ask them how they feel justified taking millions of dollars in salary that could better be spent on a utility infielder hitting .215 with no power.

  8. benches - Jan 17, 2010 at 2:25 PM

    Of all furniture, benches are the only firiture that can be ordered online, as they are quite small, and at the same time can be packaged to a size that postal service can handle.

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