While the Rockies are bringing back former manager Don Baylor as Colorado’s new hitting coach —- thus putting an end to local rumors (in my house, anyway) that Baylor would replace Dave Clark at Round Rock, Seattle announced that neither pitching coach Mel Stottlemyre or hitting coach Lee Elia would be part of new skipper Don Watamatsu’s staff in 2009.

Admittedly, this isn’t the hottest story in the sports world and usually not the sort of thing I’d interrupt a busy early evening in a foreign land to comment on.  It does, however provide yet another cheap opportunity to post one of the great managerial rants of all time.  Lee Elia needs to buy a ticket if he wants to visit Cooperstown, but surely he deserves induction into a Hall Of Fame of some sort or another.