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Did Cubs Goof Silva’s Release?

By bullpenbrian - March 29, 2011 - 12:01 am Leave a comment.

1.) Were the Cubs unprofessional in releasing Silva?
2.) Larkin & Griffey turning heads in Florida.
3.) Joe Posnanski Award.

1.) David Brown of Yahoo! sports contends the Cubs erred in the way they informed Carlos Silva that he would not make the big league roster.

-”why didn’t Hendry and Quade be the ones to break the news to Silva? Why did the Cubs use a pitching coach (Mark Riggins) to tell him he was gone?”

I respectfully disagree with Brown and have no problem with Riggins delivering the news to Silva. Silva, after all, is a pitcher, and Riggins is the pitching coach. And as a coach, Riggins is an authority figure, Silva just a player. Players need to respect all coaches, not just the manager. Blaming the messenger is yet another poor excuse in a long line of them this spring for Carlos.

What’s truly disturbing is the way Silva handled the news–lashing back at the team and whining to the media. Silva, not the Cubs, is the one who’s acted poorly and unprofessionally. The guy who wants to be treated like a man isn’t acting as one himself. Go figure.

Although I’ve been in Silva’s corner all spring, pulling for him to make the roster, thinking all he needed was a fresh start, I’ve changed tunes. Instead, the more I’ve read and learned about Silva’s poor attitude, the more I believe the Cubs made the right decision cutting him.


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