Why fire Alicea and remove Shines as third-base coach?
"The traffic that we had on the bases probably to a large degree was not managed as well as we would liked to have seen. That was probably the biggest issue with us was the issue of baserunning. We didn't seem to have that perform at the level we thought we need to to be a championship club."
Why keep Shines on staff if you were unhappy with the job he did as third-base coach?
"He's a good baseball man. He's very, very knowledgeable about baseball. He's managed at the high development levels. I trust his knowledge of baseball. I trust his enthusiasm, his energy, and his work ethic was tremendous. He worked extremely hard. We just had a lot of different issues at third base that were very noticeable and we just have to make an adjustment with that."
Could Shines become bench coach?
"Could be. He could be a consideration for that as well. I just haven't decided that yet."
Why keep Warthen as pitching coach, considering the high walks total?
"I was more concerned with the evolution of Mike Pelfrey, John Maine and Oliver Perez. I think at their best -- when I've seen them in the time that I've been here at their best -- they've been under Dan Warthen. And I think we have to get back to them being their best. I think again, you can be optimistic that Dan and Nemo can handle that because they have done it before."
IF he wants Pelf at his best Warthen had all year and failed miserably...