Maz gets a raw deal
Lee Mazzilli deserved better from the Orioles. He had this team exceeding expectations through June. No one thought the Orioles would contend this year. But on June 15, they were in first place in the AL East, three games better than the defending world champion Red Sox.
Of course, the wheels came off the bus. The Orioles enter play Friday night 10 1/2 games behind the Sox.
And because you can’t fire players, Maz becomes the fall guy. Which is interesting because:
It’s not his fault Erik Bedard got hurt.
It’s not his fault Rafael Palmeiro decided to use ‘roids.
It’s not his fault Sydney Ponson stinks.
It’s not his fault the two-headed GM monster of Jim Beattie and Mike Flanagan couldn’t pull off the deal for A.J. Burnett.
According to ESPN’s Tim Kurkjian, Mazzilli is the first manager since the Yankees’ Gene Michael in 1981 to be canned during a season in which his team was at any point 14 games over .500.
Kurkjian also reports that Maz was never a favorite of owner Peter Angelos. Then why did Angelos authorize his hiring? If you don’t like a person, don’t hire him.
Maz says he will take some time off and hang out with his family. He definitely deserves another shot at managing a big league club.