So with this week's Ollie-gate, I'm wondering about this Dan Warthen fellow.
The great Santana panic of 2009 came from the mouth of Mr. Warthen, and now Ollie's weight gain is topic du jour again because of Dan.
Jerry showed skill last year dealing with the media, which was a nice change from Willie Randolph. Does Jerry let Dan do his dirty work, then Jerry can swoop in and play good-cop and give a funny quote?
I know nothing about being a pitching coach. Mel Stottlemyer was good, that's about all I know. A co-worker observes that John Maine was a better pitcher during the previous regime. I don't know if that's about Maine's arm, head, or the coach. I just thought I'd throw it out there because it's an interesting observation or at least coincidence.
To me, this is much a-do about nothing. While I do love being the king of "told ya so", and it seems all agree that the WBC wasn't the best thing that ever happened to Oliver Perez, it's important to remember that pitchers have bad statistics in the spring. You have a bad outing. You have a dead arm period. Whether it's Maine or Perez everyone needs to remain calm.
I suspect that Jerry is crazy like a fox, and wants Ollie to lay off the donuts and let Dan do the dirty work.