Huntington, aides to return in ’13

GM Neal Huntington and assistants Kyle Stark and Greg Smith will all be retained for the 2013 season, according to a statement just made by club president Frank Coonelly.

A second straight second-half collapse had focused on Huntington’s job status, while Stark and Smith had drawn considerable criticism for some unusual training practices with club prospects.

Coonelly’s full statement:

“For the second consecutive year, we put ourselves in an excellent position to meet our objective of winning our division but did not play nearly well enough during the last two months of the season to accomplish it. Our fans are understandably disappointed and frustrated, as is every individual in the organization. 

As soon as we finish this season as well as we possibly can, we will turn our full and total attention to evaluating why were unable to finish the job and what we must do differently to take the next step to becoming a championship team. There will unquestionably be changes made to the way in which we operate as a result of this thorough critical self-evaluation, but we will not be making personnel changes at the very top of our baseball operations department. Neal, Kyle, Greg and Clint are dedicated and intelligent baseball men in whom I have great confidence. 

Confidence in and support of Neal, Kyle and Greg should not be misunderstood with acceptance of another poor finish at the Major League level. We must understand why the quality of our execution and play deteriorated so markedly in August. Finishing was the focus from spring training but it certainly was not achieved.”

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No offense intended to you personally, Tom, but is there an “unlike” button for this post?

I think you just pushed it.

Coonelly can’t even write correctly. ” we will turn our full and total attention to evaluating why were unable to finish the job and what we must do.” How about proofreading, or is Nutting to cheap to have someone do that. It should read “why WE were unable,” not “why were.” Epic fail of a team.

we sure in hell we need a catcher

Spoken like a lawyer; a desperate, defensive lawyer.

Another failure; this certainly of far more epic proportions than the other 19.
Memo to Huntington: Dude, where’s my playoffs?

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