Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Tree or Python shrubbery?

Bill Walsh created a coaching tree. Is Bud Black growing a managerial tree? His bench coach Ted Simmons is among the potential managerial candidates that the Florida Marlins are investigating. A former minor league manager, hitting coach Randy Ready interviewed for managerial jobs with the Houston Astros and Seattle Mariners and could get a second shot in Seattle.

"Randy definitely has what it takes," Black said. "Given the opportunity, he'd do a great job."

* Field personnel say the pitching in the NL West tends to be better than the pitching in the NL Central, so this week's visit from the Pirates had to please Ryan Ludwick. Tuesday night, Ludwick's first two home runs as a Padre came against Pirates pitchers.

* Tough times for Corey Kluber, the Double-A pitcher that the Padres dealt to acquire Ludwick. In two outings with Cleveland's Double-A club, Kluber is 0-2 with a 10.13 ERA and a .487 batting average allowed. Maybe the realization that he likely won't pitch in San Diego put him into a depressed state of mind.

* Another San Diego pitcher employed by the Indians also is struggling: San Diego State alum Justin Masterson is pouring ice water onto Cleveland' belief that he can become a starting pitcher. Since the Indians acquired him in the Victor Martinez trade, Masterson has started 33 games, and his record is 5-18.


  1. Tom,

    Masterson hasn't been good as a starter, but the transition from the pen to starting isn't usually a straight line process even when it works (which is rare at best). The Indians record as a whole isn't that much better than that though, it isn't like Masterson has gotten much support. I think the drop in K rate is a larger concern.

  2. Go up a branch from Bill Walsh on the tree and check where he started. He was an assistant to John Ralston, whose coaching tree includes Walsh, Mike White, Dick Vermiel and Jim Mora.