Posted by Big Ron on June 10, 21 at 07:12:52:
In Reply to: Re: Carpetbagger in charge posted by Heather Lee Stewart on June 10, 21 at 05:49:34:
I am just guessing, but I think he had a COVID speech ready to justify giving Smith another year. Then came the performance in the regional. Not just the losses - the quality of play. The consecutive walks, wild pitches, botched rundowns. The boosters may have threatened to make life miserable for Anderson. Donations for the Smith contract buyout were probably negotiated. So out comes the quickly edited Graham body-of-work speech.
Bloomquist had petitioned for the job in the past. After a long MLB career, he does not need the money, so Ray may have picked him up for a good price. Heck, Bloomquist may have even agreed to anonymously donate a portion of the Smith buyout.
I think the assistant coaches are more secure with the Bloomquist hire than if a successful college coach would have been selected. A college coach would want to bring his staff. But Bloomquist may benefit from the program and recruiting stability that the existing staff would offer. Remember, in this era of the transfer portal, Bloomquist is going to need to recruit his own young players.
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