Did Bud Black cross the line?

The Denver Post - - OFF & RUNNING -

Shame game. It is a base­ball man­ager’s job to keep in­di­vid­ual play­ers and the team in a pos­i­tive frame of mind. Man­ager Bud Black isn’t do­ing that with the Rock­ies. His out­burst on the mound with rookie pitcher Kyle Free­land dur­ing a re­cent loss to Cincin­nati was un­ac­cept­able. You don’t cor­rect or in­struct some­one dur­ing the ac­tion of any game, whether it’s base­ball or bridge. Let the heat of the bat­tle and in­ten­sity of emo­tion have some time to dis­si­pate, then coach them up after the game, or the next day. You cer­tainly don’t shame some­one in front of any­one else, es­pe­cially in front of the home­town crowd.

Bill, not the man­ager’s buddy

Kiz: Did it make me a lit­tle un­com­fort­able to watch Black dress down a rookie pitcher in front of 48,338 wit­nesses at Coors Field? Yes. But did I avert my eyes? No, be­cause the scene was too dra­matic to ig­nore. Two things worth men­tion­ing: 1) Free­land is one tough cookie who re­sponded to the lec­ture by re­tir­ing the next eight Cincy hit­ters, and 2) The man­ager and pitcher did meet in Black’s of­fice the next day, to set­tle the is­sue face to face and man to man.

Swept away. The Nuggets will win 45 games next sea­son. after sign­ing power for­ward Paul Mill­sap as a free agent. Can’t wait to buy my “Swept as an 8 seed” T-shirt.

Jar­rett, San Fran­cisco

Kiz: So if I catch your drift, War­riors fans in the Bay Area aren’t shak­ing in their boots about the prospect of a firstround chal­lenge by Den­ver?

Free-agent envy. The sign­ing of Mill­sap feels like we got a date to the prom, and even though she has a nice per­son­al­ity, we’re look­ing at every­one else’s dates.

P.R., eyes full of envy

Kiz: Dance with the one that brought you. So here’s hop­ing Mill­sap av­er­ages 18 points and nine re­bounds, sta­tis­tics that are well within his reach. But what­ever hap­pened to Den­ver also sign­ing point guard Ge­orge Hill, as the wish­ful thinkers wanted every­one to be­lieve? The salary cap hap­pened, that’s what. After over­pay­ing for Mill­sap, the Nuggets didn’t have enough nick­els left in their piggy bank to ac­quire Hill.

Not so hot. I am not and never will be a base­ball fan. But I do read The Den­ver Post very closely ev­ery day, and I am cu­ri­ous why you and other sports­writers would use the word “star” for Car­los Gon­za­lez. It does not make any sense to me. Just sayin’.

John, de­mands ex­pla­na­tion

Kiz: Well, maybe the staffers here at Kickin’ It Head­quar­ters are a bunch of sen­ti­men­tal fools. But Cargo has been named to the All-star Game three times, in­clud­ing a year ago. Add his three Gold Gloves and the Na­tional League bat­ting ti­tle he won in 2010. Those achieve­ments seem fairly stel­lar to us.

At what price? And to­day’s part­ing shot in­sists I shot an air ball when sug­gest­ing $365,854 per game might be a bit too much to spend on Mill­sap.

Very poor take, Kiz. You are com­pletely en­ti­tled to your opin­ion, but lord have mercy, that’s quite the miss.

S.A., swishes ev­ery shot

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