Coaching staff for 2011 announced

…and sadly, John Wetteland is not on the list.

I knew that there was a chance of this happening, but was keeping myself in severe denial. I cannot see the upside of Jaime Navarro right now, even though I am glad that they kept the position ‘in the family’ as it were (and I know there is upside – he did coach the Rainiers staff to two consecutive PCL wins, after all). I will need some time to be girly about it and get over this. I’m sure the front office has their reasons, and they’re likely very valid ones. I also very likely need to get over my whole ‘well, even if the team is awful, the bullpen is at least entertaining’ mode of thought. Entertaining human beings do not a good bullpen make; I just liked the whole Barnie Nullsperm thing. Compared to a lot of other teams, our bullpen guys behaved as if they were good friends, like they were interested in working together, and as if they enjoyed their jobs. It was different than other teams, it made them seem like something more special, even during this last disastrous year. John Wetteland was responsible for some of that, and his presence behind that fence over the last two years was part of what always made me happy to be at a game in person.

I guess I should prepare myself for overhaul, because it looks like it may be soon coming. Bye, Mr Wetteland; hope you land on your feet and keep some other team interesting.


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8 Responses to Coaching staff for 2011 announced

  1. John wetteland says:

    Thanks, Megan. I have enjoyed reading you. Keep up the great, heartfelt articles. I will miss y’all very much. -John

    • Megan Shear says:

      Thank you for reading, and I do hope you find another coaching job soon. I think I speak for a lot of folks when I say we’ll miss the way you worked a scattered bunch of guys from 2008 into a bunch of kids who really looked like they did enjoy the game, working with their teammates, and making the boring job of sitting around until the 6th inning or so entertaining not only for themselves, but for the fans as well. Good luck out there. 🙂

      • Patrick says:

        John Wetteland reads your blog, Megan? That’s like gotta be worth some blogger street cred.

        Good luck John!

    • Miss you, John…gimme a call? Love you…your little sis…

  2. Definitely will miss you John. Keeping my fingers crossed that you find another coaching job. The past two years have been amazing for me as a fan and renewed my love for the game. After all, how many people can say they had the bullpen blow noise makers and sing happy birthday to them, not to mention getting their picture taken with the entire bullpen. I still get goose bumps when I remember those days. Take care and thank you for the wonderful memories.

  3. JoAnn Vinciquerra says:

    The 2010 Spring Training at Peoria Sports Complex was one of the most enjoyable I’ve been too, thanks in part, to John Wetteland! I attended about 25 games and it was such a joy to watch him with his pitchers and to see how much respect they had for him. He sat right in front of me every game and his infectous, beautiful smile made my day. He was so friendly to all the fans there and even autographed a picture I had taken of him and that smile. I will miss him this year and thank him for his kindness and professionalism. I pray he will find another team that will appreciated his enthusiam, professionalism and joy of the game of baseball. Thank you John Wetteland!

  4. Jan says:

    Any word about Wetteland this year?

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