MLB analyst proposes insane Padres managerial change
The San Diego Padres were three wins away from making the World Series this season. That alone should be enough to save Bob Melvin’s job — not that it was ever in question to begin with — but so is the fact he led the Padres to their most regular season wins since 2010 and just their second playoff berth since 2006.
Of course, Melvin didn’t manage a perfect postseason. No manager does. However, his decisions to start Mike Clevinger in a must-have Game 4 against the Phillies, and not use all-world closer Josh Hader against Bryce Harper in Game 5 with the Padres’ season on the line look pretty disastrous in hindsight.
With MLB’s annual manager carousel in full-swing — at least six clubs have confirmed new hirings or contract extensions since the regular season ended — Melvin’s name has been a polarizing topic of conversation on baseball Twitter.
So much so, in fact, that Gary Sheffield Jr., son of nine-time MLB All-Star Gary Sheffield, proposed an idiotic managerial change for the Padres. Would any San Diego diehards endorse Aaron Boone as the Padres’ new skipper?
Gary Sheffield Jr. wants the Padres to replace Bob Melvin with Yankees manager Aaron Boone.
What on earth is this idea? Is Sheffield unaware that Melvin took a 79-win Padres team — perhaps the most disappointing team in baseball last year — to 89 wins and the NLCS without face of the franchise Fernando Tatis Jr. playing a single game due to injury and a performance-enhancing drug suspension?
While San Diego’s roster is stacked with or without Tatis, there’s no denying Melvin overachieved given the circumstances. Melvin will obviously have to clean up his act in October next year, but does anyone out there besides Sheffield really think he doesn’t deserve another year at the helm?
Even if the NLCS soured your opinion on Melvin, why replace him with a manager in Boone whose Yankees teams have failed spectacularly in October? Fans in the Bronx are outraged the Yankees didn’t hand Boone (and Brian Cashman) the pink slip after the club got swept by the Astros in the ALCS, and rightly so.
Between pulling Gerrit Cole for Lou Trivino in Game 3 of the ACLS, and green-lighting showing the Yankees highlights of the Boston Red Sox 2004 ALCS comeback against the Yankees (!) when the team fell down early in the series as a means to motivate players, Boone is notorious for falling on his face in October.
That’s not to say Boone’s a bad manager. In four full seasons, the Yankees have averaged 98.5 wins and appeared in three ALCS’ under his tutelage. That’s nothing to sneeze at. But appointing Boone to succeed Melvin after the most successful Padres season in recent memory? Miss us with that nonsense.
And to think the offseason just started. Buckle up, Padres fans.