For What it's Worth: Marshall & Ned
Yesterday Gregg Marshall and Creighton’s Doug McDermott shared the same stage as the Associated Press National coach and Player of the year. By one year, the Missouri Valley Conference misses a sweep of the two awards, although, would Marshall and WSU have gone 34-0 with three games against Creighton? It was great to see the warmth in the reunion between the two yesterday in Arlington, TX.
Damage control Dougie?
Did you catch Doug Gottlieb’s tweet yesterday?
“Gregg Marshall has always been an excellent coach, glad his recent success has him recognized as AP COY (Coach of the Year)”.
I shouldn’t be so cynical as to doubt the sincerity of the thought, but after everything he had to say about a Gregg Marshall coached team this year…it sounds like a guy hedging his bets in case he runs in to him this weekend in Dallas. By the way, that’s probably something Gottlieb needs to avoid, unless he wants both barrels from Marshall who, as we know, has no problems firing at will.
For the fifth straight year…
…Marshall has a new assistant coach to hire, although this time it’s to replace a long time confident with someone new to the system. Marshall has shown a real affinity for and has had great success with junior college coaches. The two year player has been huge in the Shockers development into a national player; Cleanthony Early, Darius Carter, Carl Hall, Joe Raglund, Ben Smith and Clevin Hannah all played at two year schools before coming to Wichita State where they all starred, or, in the case of Carter—will star.
Is that where Royals fans are with manager Ned Yost? There’s no question that he earned the right to come back and manage this squad after getting to 86 wins a year ago, but he continues to be a lightning rod for second guessers.
Down 1-nothing in the eighth inning at Detroit on Wednesday, Salvador Perez led off the inning with a double against Cy Young winner Max Scherzer. Yost opted to run for Perez with Jarrod Dyson, not only forfeiting Perez’ glove, but also one of the best bats in the Royals lineup. Instead of bunting Dyson to third, Yost allowed Mike Moustakis to take his cuts, the last of which was a swing and miss for strike three. Lorenzo Cain followed suit, then came Alcedies Escobar. Yost decided not to pinch hit for the weakest hitting regular player in the American League last season, saying the he didn’t want to ‘mess with his dome’. Translation? (Baseball guys can never talk normally)—he didn’t want to mess with his confidence by pinch hitting for him on the second day of the season. So he takes out one of his most confident and competent players—opts not to bunt in a situation, one could argue, called for it. Then he decides to leave in his biggest offensive liability.
I would have done it differently, but then Yost could probably look at a few of my blogs and take exception to some of my phrasing and punctuation. The great thing and it’s a departure from recent years—is that so many fans are reacting to the moves now. There are expectations in Kansas City where fans will learn how hard it is to grind with a team through 162 games, not a team like last year which was a pleasant surprise, but a team that expects to make the playoffs. When you follow a baseball team in contention you rise and fall with them day in and out for six months, the wins are never as joyful as the losses are wrenching. I don’t think Royals fans will mind the ulcers, but I think they rather suffer them through the play of their team instead of the decisions of its manager.