Tensions have risen in another series against the cardinals. It was earlier in the year when Harang hit a St. Louis batter in the head. Here was Jerry Narron's response to Tony Larusa, after Larusa had stated Harang should be suspended: "Tony's been around the game a long time," "It bothers me when someone on the other team gets hit in the head."
Fast forward to yesterday's play between Phillips and Pujols, and hear is what Mack had to say: "I'm not saying it was a bush or dirty play." "It looked to me like he kind of went to the outside. If I'm playing second base, I aim for the guy's head"
I don't know if Mackanin is the guy for the job as his handling of the bullpen has been right out of Narron's playbook. However, it's nice to see that he follows lesson 1 from Effective Baseball Managing for Dummies. Which clearly states to stick up and defend the play of your team or player under questionable circumstances. What do you think?