Dan Rohn, Free!
With mixed emotion, I read the news today about Dan Rohn's firing. As you know, I'm a big fan of Dan Rohn. He should've been the manager of the M's this year. In signing Hargrove to a multiyear deal, the M's were not going to fire him after only one season. As the season started, the word around USSM was that Hargrove was on a short leash, and common sense could lead one to believe that Rohn (who was hired as a newly-created "Administrative Coach") was the logical successor. In spite of a multitude of evidence, for whatever reason, the M's decided not to fire Mike Hargrove, even when there were many reasons to do so.
While reliable statistics have yet to be determined on how to measure the importance of a manager (measuring defense statistically, even in its early stages, is WAAAAY further along than this), I believe it's clearly observable that the M's are adversely affected by Mike Hargrove's managing skills. A lot of us familiar with the Tacoma Rainiers know how Dan Rohn manages a club. If you followed last season in Tacoma at all, you know what I'm talking about when I still sit here in awe thinking about the job that Dan Rohn did, given the players and the constant roster churnage he was given in 2005. I can imagine that more than once Rohn had to change the lineup card several times within the last hour of a game. He was basically tasked with organizing chaos -- and he did a damn fine job of it, too.
So, with a touch of sadness, I'm happy to say that Dan Rohn has been set free! I'm disappointed that he won't be given the chance to warm the hearts of the Seattle fans who didn't get to see him work his magic in Tacoma. I realize he has his own weaknesses (hello aggressive baserunning!), but he was still so able to keep control of his team and bring excitement into every baseball game he managed.
Don't be fooled -- with Hassey quitting as well, Hargrove's days are numbered. Those days cannot pass quick enough.