Remember Fredi Gonazlez’s spat with Hanley Ramiriez? Gonzalez was praised for publically calling out his superstar for lackadaisical play and a bad attitude, and Ramirez eventually returned, contrite.
It’s been almost exactly a month since Ramirez returned from a one-day benching; he’s since batted .292 with four homers, 23 RBIs and 10 stolen bases.
Gonzalez: fired yesterday.
While there were reasons for the firing that had nothing to do with Ramirez, it’s clear who ultimately got the better of that confrontation.
Update: Buster Olney points out another unwritten rule in this situation: “If you’re going to fire the skipper, do it while you’re playing a really, really bad team so that when you win, it looks like the players responded.”
Yesterday: 7-5, Marlins over the Orioles.