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Memo to the Cleveland Indians: You should have fired Jeff Datz two months ago. If you had, you might have been able to salvage the 1999 baseball season. Datz should resign because he only is qualified to manage a Little League team. He doesn't measure up to past successful managers like Terry Collins, Patsy Donovan, Paul Richards or even Brian Graham. His passion for the game is non-existent. Datz has no emotion and no heart. This team is lacking in fundamentals like the hit-and-run, bunting and base stealing. Also on some occasions, this team has not been ready to play. A few players this year have underachieved.

Datz got lucky last year, winning a pennant and taking that team to the Triple-A World Series. The truth is Buffalo had the talent to win the first Triple-A championship and with another manager, might have won it. Available to manage are Rex Hudler, Phil Garner and possibly Terry Collins.Joel Skinner? What credentials does he have? Buffalo deserves better than this.

Cleveland, prove to Buffalo fans you're interested in a winner. Hire a manager with a passion for the game, and fire the current sphinx, Jeff Datz.


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