• Don’t Let The Door Hit You On The Way Out Fester

    Posted by on July 27th, 2006 · Comments (2)

    Kelly Stinnett’s last words, via Newsday:

    Stinnett received the bad news in a call to his hotel room from Torre at midnight Tuesday night, and said yesterday from his Arizona home he was “surprised.”

    “You’re in a role where you can’t really help yourself playing once a week,” Stinnett said. “…It’s probably just a shakeup where they’re picking on the little guy.”

    Stinnett, 36, batted .228 (18-for-79) with a homers and nine RBIs. Fasano, 34, hit .243 (34-for-140) with four homer and 10 RBIs for the Phillies.

    Fasano made an impression on the Yankees during 2004 spring training and that season at Triple-A Columbus.

    Stinnett hopes another team wants him, and he has no plans of seeing Columbus. “I’ll spend the summer with my kids before I consider that,” he said.

    I guess that Stinnett missed the memo that said 36-year-old back-up catchers with a career .395 OWP should be seen and not heard.

    In any event, Torre called him with this news? Doesn’t something like this warrant some face-to-face time? I’m surprised to hear that this is how Torre, the great communicator, handled this situation.

    Comments on Don’t Let The Door Hit You On The Way Out Fester

    1. July 27th, 2006 | 2:08 pm

      Steve, totally unfair of you to call out Torre for telling Stinnett over the phone. You just don’t know anything about the situation or the people involved. Maybe Torre thought it was more considerate to tell Stinnett immediately, by phone, than to wait until the next day so Stinnett could read it in the paper over his morning cereal. Maybe Torre called Stinnett and said, “Hey, can I stop by your room, I have something to talk to you about” and Stinnett said “Nah, I’m already in my pajamas, why don’t you just tell me over the phone.” The point is that you just don’t know. There’s enough annoying stuff that you see Torre do with your own eyes, why weaken your credibility by speculating about things you just don’t know a thing about?

    2. July 27th, 2006 | 2:28 pm

      Even Billy Martin would have called the guy, and said, come to my room, I need to talk to you.

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