Ain’t baseball a curious little game?
It can surprise you, that’s for sure. Take this announcement by the Seattle Mariners on Monday:
Dave Hansen has been hired as their new hitting coach.
That would be Dave Hansen, the Dodgers' hitting coach last season, the only coach not invited back for the 2013 season.
With the Dodgers struggling to generate the expected offense after the midseason acquisitions of Adrian Gonzalez, Hanley Ramirez and Shane Victorino, his dismissal smelled of scapegoat.
Maybe there was more to it than that, but the former Dodger was rather unceremoniously shown the offseason door. Yet only nine days later, he found new major-league employment.