This past week has seen the managerial makeup of several teams shaken up. Jim Riggleman bails on his boob of a team, the Nationals, and left the job to Davey Johnson, someone who, until Riggleman stepped down, I'd never heard of (most of our readers, and the staff might as he played during their lifetimes/memories).
But while Riggleman's walkout was perhaps the most shocking managerial story of the week, it wasn't the first. That came from Florida where Jeff Loria, the GM of the Marlins, somehow managed to dig up Jack McKeon from whatever grave he was in and gave him the reins for that mess of a club in South Florida. McKeon, as you all remember, was the manager who coached the Florida Marlins to a World Series victory against the Yankees in 2003, and had retired in 2006.
McKeon's reinstatement raised the eyebrows of fans and bloggers alike. Are the Marlins so desperate that they had to dig up poor old Jack McKeon to finish a job that their previous manager was originally hired to do? Or did we balk cuz of the fact that Jack McKeon is still alive and kickin', and nobody expected it?
The saga of the Marlins got me thinking, whose coach is next on the chopping block? The Mets aren't doing too well either. Will the management convince Mike Piazza to come out of retirement to coach the Mets?
If you think the Mets' organization is already in a downward spiral, for sure it will crash and burn if Piazza comes to coach the team. Though Piazza had a Hall-of-Fame career as a player, his career as a manager will not be so spectacular. But with the Mets being the butt of all baseball jokes, I suppose it wouldn't hurt to give it a shot.