John Richard Starkey

John Richard (Dick) Starkey, a former International Herald Tribune sports editor, writes a twice-weekly politics and baseball blog at perfectpitcher.org

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Sunday, June 23, 2013
War Crimes: Baseball, Politics and the ‘Who’s-to-Blame’ Game
Can we hold baseball managers responsible when their teams underperform? Usually not. Terry Collins gets a pass while the Mets flounder: everybody knows a team with a largely triple-A lineup can’t win. Donnie Mattingly is a different story. He can be excused for overseeing the performance of an injury-depleted Dodger team. (How long the front-office honors the excuse is something for Donnie’s many fans to worry about.)
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