Sunday, September 27, 2009

Indirect managerial possibilities

Should the Astros get rid of pitching coach Dewey Robinson, Fox Sports' Jon Paul Morosi has some intriguing possibilities. Among them:

-Phillies' pitching consultant Bryan Price, who was the pitching coach for the 2000/2001 Mariners, and the 2007 Diamondbacks (and subsequently resigned after Bob Melvin was fired).

-Former Cardinals reliever Chris Perez wouldn't be surprised if Tony La Russa and Dave Duncan took off after the season. This is notable, not just for speculative value, but also because the Cardinals would be in a state of flux. Which is better than Missouri.

"I had a feeling during spring training that this might be their last go-around, just the way they were interacting. They seemed to be more happy, excited to be there, like, 'It's our last go-around. Let's have a great year.' I kind of got that feeling from both of them. They've been at it a long time. Thirty years is a long time to be away from your family, always on the road. It's a grind. Always competing. Always expecting to win. Having expectations with your teams. I could see them both leaving, especially if they win (the World Series). I think they'd both like to go out on top."