Sigh. It continues. And by it, I don't just mean our slew of 1-run losses (we lost this afternoon 2-1). By it, I mean Tony Pena Zoolander-ing our team again (he is a really, really, really, really bad manager).
Today, Greinke is holding them to 2 hits and no runs going into the 7th inning. He gets an out. Then walks a guy. Then hits a guy. This is the first sign of trouble he's shown all game. Now, yeah, if he's tiring b/c he's thrown 100+ pitches, OK. Go for it. But Greinke's pitch count? 85. And Pena pulls him.
In comes Sisco, of course. Now I'm a huge fan of Sisco. But honestly, he has pitched in every single game I can remember. At this rate, he will have more innings than some of our starters by the end of the year! Sisco is the second coming of Jason Grimsely, who Pena wore out by the All-star break the last two years. And what's worse is that Sisco is like 22 or something (?) and has never pitched above A ball. So Sisco, after getting shelled last night, comes out and gets a ground out. Then walks a man. Then walks in a run. So in comes Burgos. Who walks in another run. We lose 2-1. Game over.
Why not leave Greinke in? Pena has one job essentially. He's an AL manager, so he pretty much has one job - manage your pitching staff. And he's miserable at it. And he's a former catcher!
Argh. Anyways, yeah, I heard about Glass' comments, but I didn't read the interview. Pretty sad, especially the part where he said the payroll would never go over 50 million in the future. That's pathetic. I'm still not entirely sure how I feel about Glass, but comments like that don't help. At least give us false hope for the future! Cause let's face it, there's not a lot of hope in the present.
One thing I find interesting about ownership is the rules regarding sale of the club that were written in Ewing Kauffman's will. If the new owner (Glass) were ever to sell the team, he is not allowed to keep the profits. He has to give any profits to Kansas City charities. This is interesting. I mean, it'll keep someone from swooping in, investing some money and selling it a la the Florida Marlins early years. But I wonder if that drove away some of the more free-wheeling cash tycoons from buying us in the first place.