As the managerial search continues, there is a lot of sentiment in other corners of the web (Yahoo Sports, the Sun message boards, CBS Sportsline, Schmuck's commenters, etc.) for Rick Dempsey to be hired as the next Orioles manager. Reasons to hire him are apparently that "he's a good guy", he has roots in the organization, he "really wants it", and occasionally, you'll even find someone arguing that he's smart about baseball.
Here at CC, we are virtually unanimous in believing that Dempsey would be a catastrophic hire. So vociferous are our beliefs that many of us (present company included) have threatened to walk away from the O's if it happens. That's a lot of vitriol for one guy, particularly for a guy who was the heart and soul of the last Orioles team to win the World Series (yes, Dempsey overperformed in the postseason, but that was an undisputed leader on that team).
I know that the regulars here at CC are the smartest and most eloquent Orioles fans around. So I'd like to see a different tack. In honor of The Dipper's interview today, I think we owe it to other Orioles fans trolling the web to explain specifically why we're crapping all over their cornflakes.
Why (with specific details, please) do you feel Rick Dempsey would be a terrible manager for this team?
So, don't just say "he'd be terrible". Say why he'd be terrible.
Don't say, "he's too old school." Relate the incident that showed you he's too old school.
We'll compile a veritable littany of evidence against the hiring. Then, the next time you're arguing with some bozo on the Sun message boards, you can just provide this with a handy link.
** Note: I have nothing personal against Rick Dempsey. He was a hero of mine when I was younger, and a few years back, when I went to my one and only Spring Training game, he was coaching first base and I took about 40 pictures of him. I believe he is a nice guy, I believe he is probably qualified to do many things; but I also believe that managing the Orioles at this point in time is not one of those things.
Sorry about this pic. It was the only one we had rights to, and I had to work like hell to crop a certain overrated MFY out of it.