Mr. Flip's Rant

Dancing around the inevitable

June 23, 2008

Mr. Flip can vaguely recall school dances of long ago, when no one wanted to be the first to get out on the floor and shake it down. But once that first brave couple started to boogie, everyone joined in.

And that's apparently how it goes in baseball decision-making circles.

Somebody has to go first, then others can follow suit. The Seattle Mariners and Toronto Blue Jays apparently couldn't fire their managers until after the New York Mets had.

Mr. Flip really doesn't understand. Your manager isn't any better or worse just because some other team fired its manager. But the Mariners and Blue Jays had to play wallflowers anyway.

It could be that those front offices - like Mr. Flip - never learned to do the Hustle.

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