Chico Harlan of the The Washington Post is reporting in his blog, Nationals Journal, that the Washington nationals have fire pitching coach Randy St. Claire. Harlan quoted St. Claire’s reaction to the firing as follows as follows:
The pitching isn’t performing up to where it needs to be to win, and I think a lot of factors go into it, but I guess I’m easier to replace than 12 guys. Easier to replace and cheaper to replace. But that’s the game. When the team doesn’t perform, they’re bound to make changes.
That’s right, randy. They fired you because it’s easier to replace a pitching coach than it is to replace the pitchers. Let’s forget that your staff has the worst ERA in baseball at 5.69. Your staffs also finished 24th last year at 4.66 and 28th in 2006 at 5.03.
I know it’s not easy getting let go from a job you love. Especially when there are others who should go first. I mean, let’s be real, they didn’t give you much to work with. But don’t make yourself a victim or a scapegoat. Your staffs have underperformed. I’m sorry to say but it’s the move that makes the most sense for the team.