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“I’ve never bought into the (idea) that I should have a baseball guy to watch my baseball guy and his baseball guys,” he said. “Then what do you get _ a baseball guy to watch the baseball guy who’s watching your baseball guys? I trust Jim to do the best he can to get the best team on the field. I trust Mike to manage those guys effectively and give us the amount of wins that he can. And so, I really haven’t thought about an extra baseball guy, and I’m not regretting (not) having an extra baseball guy at all.”

As for Zambrano?

The pitcher went off after a loss to St. Louis on June 5 in which Marmol blew the save. Ricketts didn’t necessarily mind Zambrano ripping the team but did take issue with him calling out his closer.

“Frankly, there were a couple things in there I didn’t like _ calling out an individual teammate is probably not the way to handle such things,” he said. “But to be honest, I didn’t think it was that bad.”

Ricketts also downplayed the team wearing T-shirts cursing “The Curse” during pregame workouts Tuesday, but he did make one thing clear: He doesn’t want to see them on the field.

“I didn’t actually see a Goat T-shirt, but I think we’re not going to wear them outside,” he said. “It’s kind of the language in it. We’ve got to be careful. But I’m not too worked up about it.”