West’s suspension versus real accountability

Try to imagine what would have happened if Papelbon (right) had grabbed and shoved West . . .

Try to imagine what would have happened if Papelbon (right) had grabbed and shoved West . . .

In June 1983, Joe Torre was the Atlanta Braves’ manager, Joe West was a veteran of six seasons’ umpiring in the National League, and Bob Watson—who has held the baseball government post Torre now holds—was a Brave who’d been fined $100 for arguing over a game-ending third strike when the game was over. And all Torre wanted was to question West as to whether Watson deserved such a hit after a game.

 

Mills Gets the Guillotine

It took over four months, but the Houston Astros have thrown out the first manager of the year. They fired Brad Mills and two of his coaches–batting coach Mike Barnett, first base coach Bobby Meacham—Saturday, after losing to the Arizona Diamondbacks, 12-4.

Mills’ overall record managing the team designated as the team to be named later in the deal that sent the Milwaukee Brewers to the National League: 171-273. That includes 56-106 in 2011, the worst single-season record since the Astros entered the National League (as the Colt .45s) in 1962. He became the full-time manager starting in 2010, after Cecil Cooper (canned after the ‘Stros were 70-79) and Dave Clark (a 4-9 finish) managed the club in 2009.