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AL coach: La Russa 'noise' story could ring true

Posted on: October 25, 2011 1:40 pm
Edited on: October 25, 2011 4:54 pm
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Maybe it really was the noise.

I'm still not sure I believe the story Cardinals manager Tony La Russa was selling about Monday night's mess of an eighth inning, but this morning I talked to an American League coach who believes it's entirely possible that the noise at Rangers Ballpark really did lead to the mixups I wrote about in Monday's column.

Here's why: According to the coach, Rangers Ballpark is the only one in the American League where you can't tell from the visitors' dugout who is warming up in the visitors' bullpen. In other parks where the bullpen is hidden (such as Cleveland's Progressive Field), there is a television in the dugout which allows a manager to see his bullpen.

The coach agreed that Rangers Ballpark can get loud enough to make it hard to hear on the bullpen phone. He said that when his team gets in a situation like that, he always has the bullpen coach repeat back the instructions, to make sure the message got through.

"I'd say 'Rzepczynski and Motte,' and then have them say, 'OK, Rzepczynski and Motte,'" said the coach, who preferred that his name not be used.

Another AL coach said the same thing, although he was somewhat less willing to accept La Russa's explanation.

Even with all that, it's still hard to understand why La Russa, the master of stalling to get a pitcher ready, made no attempt at all to waste enough time to get Jason Motte ready to face Mike Napoli. And it's hard to understand how the Cardinals could have a second communication mixup so soon after the first one.

If you already know there was a problem, don't you make absolutely sure the next time?

I'm still not sold. But to at least one AL coach who has worked at Rangers Ballpark, there's a chance the story is true.

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Since: Dec 5, 2006
Posted on: November 1, 2011 12:42 am
 

AL coach: La Russa 'noise' story could ring true

There are two things to be said here.First off good job Rangers fans on being so loud that coach can't hear the bullpen phone..The next is how does MLB allow a stadium to be constructed where the opposing manager or home manager for that matter can't see both bullpens.Mind boggling stuff here.


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Since: Jun 26, 2009
Posted on: October 28, 2011 10:46 am
 

AL coach: La Russa 'noise' story could ring true

you have favorited me, last I looked, I haven't favorited you........good luck with all your endevors.



da55bums,

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Since: Jun 26, 2009
Posted on: October 27, 2011 12:48 pm
 

AL coach: La Russa 'noise' story could ring true

da55bums,

 Just dont answer anything the guy says anymore. I have decided that is what I will do from now on. He wants you to answer him, that is what trolls want, they get off on it. He is trying to start crap with everybody on here. The one thing you can do that he will hate is just ignore what he says and move on, act like his posts dont exist. 


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