MacPhail on the changes & manager search
“So what you’re hoping to accomplish when you make a change like this is you’re hoping to ignite a spark. Give everybody a clean slate. Sort of get out of that drumbeat of what’s going to happen day to day and just give everybody a fresh start. It’s a goofy business. It’s a crazy game. I’ve spent my entire life in it. You don’t have to look back any further than Colorado a year ago that was 18-28, they change managers and the next thing you know they’re in the postseason. It’s a goofy business and we just felt we had to give our team that opportunity to get a fresh start.”
MacPhail said the decision to go with interim Juan Samuel was an easy one and the manager search will start today.
“There was no question in all of our minds that Juan was our best choice to take over the fold. I told when, just like I mentioned to Dave Trembley when I came here three years ago. ‘Look, I don’t know whether this is going to be a matter of days, i don’t know whether it’s going to be a matter of weeks, i don’t know whether it’s going to be a matter of months.’ Dave Trembley managed three years. You just don’t know.
But we will be taking to other people while Juan manages. How that goes is going to be somewhat dependent on how the team goes and how other factors are. But I’m very delighted and excited to have somebody that commands the respect of the players that Juan does. And from my observations not somebody that will go lightly on those mistakes that we don’t need to be making.”