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"Joe Kerrigan might be the biggest backstabber in baseball"

Aug 10, 2010, 5:18 PM EDT

You wouldn’t think that a couple of coaches being fired in Pittsburgh would make that big a fuss, but Joe Kerrigan and Gary Varsho’s firings have tongues wagging all over the Pittsburgh sports blogosphere.

The Baseball Codes blog does some historical digging, and via the mining of some past reporting on Kerrigan — specifically, in Joe Torre’s memoir and some reporting by Tracy Ringolsby — notes that he has a reputation for being a “clubhouse mole,” who reports things behind the manager’s back and back up to the front office on a regular basis. went further in its Sunday night report:

“One veteran front-office executive said this of Kerrigan upon his
hiring by the Pirates, ‘John Russell better have his head on a swivel
because he has a manager killer on his staff now. Joe Kerrigan might be
the biggest backstabber in baseball.'”

So much drama in the PNC, it was gettin’ hard being manager Jim Tra-cy.

Well, it’s John Russell, but that doesn’t work with the rhyme. And really, does it matter at this point in the season?

(thanks to reader Bill S. for the heads up)

  1. BDawk - Aug 10, 2010 at 5:23 PM

    I hated Nancy when he was a coach for the Phillies. The Pirates got what they paid for – how does this guy keep getting hired?

  2. Spokes - Aug 10, 2010 at 5:49 PM

    Man, the clubhouse of the 2001 Red Sox must have been a lot of fun when Kerrigan was at the head of that club.
    Oh, in case you didn’t know, I was being sarcastic.

  3. El Bravo - Aug 10, 2010 at 5:52 PM

    “So much drama in the PNC, it was gettin’ hard being manager Jim Tra-cy.”
    Craig, you just have “it” today. Well played, sir. Now keep it funky like an ‘ol batch of collard greens, mang!

  4. SadPandaRevolt - Aug 10, 2010 at 11:16 PM

    Of course Kerrigan is bad. She leads the Zerg. THE ZERG!

  5. Old Gator - Aug 10, 2010 at 11:20 PM

    At his next clubhouse, Kerrigan is liable to go postal. Hasn’t he earned his pension yet?

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