This morning, before the final game of what would soon become a season of 102 losses, the Washington Nationals informed 5 out of their 6 coaches that they were unemployed.
First Base Coach Jerry Morales
Third Base Coach Tim "stop! No, GO!" Tolman
(Lack of) Hitting Coach Lenny Harris
Bench Coach Pat Corrales
Bullpen Coach Rick Aponte
The only survivor was pitching coach Randy St Claire. If the 102 losses are not enough to convince you that these guys needed to go, look at the records of all the players that left.
even Paul LoDuca
All these guys have shown extreme improvement in their numbers since going somewhere else. We're sure there are more players than we listed, but we get the feeling you don't really want to wonk out on this. Just take our word for it for some reason, they're all living better lives.
Today marks the second purge that was survived by pitching coach Randy St Claire. He was the sole survivor after the 2006 season, when Frank Robinson was shown the door. Manny Acta came in and had a big say in choosing his coaches - all the coaches that were fired today.
Two big questions remain: Will anyone from management be canned, and is Manny Acta's job safe? Actually, there are a whole lot more questions, but we felt that framing it as just two questions made in more, you know, dramatic.