No one wants to play for Ozzie Guillen and Ozzie Guillen doesn't care

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Ozzie Guillen was voted as the manager for whom players would least like to play:

In an upcoming issue of Sports Illustrated, 26 percent of major
leaguers polled voted for the combustible Piniella, followed by Guillen
at 21 percent. St. Louis’ Tony LaRussa was next at 10 percent, followed
by the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Joe Torre and Cleveland’s Eric Wedge at
four percent apiece.

Ozzie, predictably, does not care one iota:

“Tony was No. 3 and he’s won a couple titles. Looks like players
picked old-school guys. Maybe they don’t like old school, don’t like to
be told what to do. It doesn’t bother me. If 59 percent of my players
say they like me, that’s good enough for me.”

No, Ozzie, they didn’t just pick old school guys. Bobby Cox is old
school and he isn’t on the list. Neither is Charlie Manuel. To me it
looks like they picked guys who routinely get into public feuds with
their own players, create a circus-like atmosphere and throw people
under the bus after they’ve left the team.

Perhaps there’s a lesson in there somewhere, but I’m guessing that Ozzie Guillen doesn’t care about that either.

Giants remove pitching coach Dave Righetti

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After 18 years, 12 winning seasons, seven postseason runs and three World Championships, Dave Righetti is no longer a pitching coach for the Giants. He was removed from his post on Saturday, when the team announced a few reassignments as they shake up their coaching staff. Heading into the 2018 season, Righetti will serve as special assistant to general manager Bobby Evans, former bullpen coach Mark Gardner will step into a similar special assistant role to “assist in pitching evaluations,” and former assistant hitting coach Steve Decker will take a special assistant role in baseball operations.

According to MLB.com’s Chris Haft, Righetti was the longest-tenured pitching coach in the big leagues. He helped shape the careers of notable Giants’ aces like Madison Bumgarner, Tim Lincecum and Matt Cain — all Cy Young contenders (and, in Lincecum’s case, a two-time winner) at various points in their careers. He was there to assist Ryan Vogelsong during his stunning mid-career comeback in San Francisco. He helped newcomers like Chris Stratton and Ty Blach flourish even as the team stumbled to the bottom of the division. He was there to take the credit when a sterling rotation clinched the Giants’ 56-year, drought-snapping championship title in 2010 — and, when things went so horribly south in 2017, he took the blame as well.

Hardly anything went right for the Giants’ pitching staff in 2017. Madison Bumgarner was shelved after sustaining a serious shoulder injury in a dirt bike accident, Johnny Cueto couldn’t shake a cluster of blisters on his right hand and Mark Melancon found it difficult to justify a $62 million paycheck after pitching through an arm injury to four blown losses/saves and a 4.50 ERA. It would be a lot for any pitching coach to stay on top of, and given the team’s rapid descent from 2016 postseason contenders to last-place finishers in 2017, it’s not surprising that Evans felt the need to switch things up.

Successors have yet to be named for Righetti, Gardner or Decker, though Murray hears that the Giants could have interest in former major league pitching coach Jim Hickey. NBC Bay Area’s Alex Pavlovic adds that Evans is searching for someone to “put a new voice” on the pitching staff and will likely target someone who, like Righetti, brings considerable experience to the role.