Tough week for major league managers. Three were fired in the space of four days - the last being John Gibbons, who was replaced in Toronto by Cito Gaston, skipper of the Blue Jays’ 1992 and ‘93 World Series champions (but without a head job since ‘97).
Writes Neal from Gaithersburg: “Gaston announced that his first move is to put Kelly Gruber in at third.”
Just wondering (in case Hank Steinbrenner gets an itchy trigger finger): Billy Martin is dead, right?
Gibbons might not be the greatest manager, but at least he didn’t regale his players with stories of his heroism in the Spanish-American War - or whatever it was Tim Johnson, one of his predecessors, did.
And finally …
Number of the Week: $516,971.25.
(The amount a law firm - Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen and Katz - billed the NBA to interview 57 referees as part of the Tim Donaghy investigation. For those of you scoring at home, that’s $9,069.67 per interview … or more than Charlie Rose makes.)
Dan Daly has been writing about sports for the Washington Times since 1982. He has won numerous national and local awards, appears regularly in NFL Films’ historical features and is the co-author of “The Pro Football Chronicle,” a decade-by-decade history of the game. Follow Dan on Twitter at @dandalyonsports –- or e-mail him at email@example.com.
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