Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Seals fire manager Darrell Evans

The Victoria Seals have fired manager Darrell Evans. Details are sketchy at this point, but the release of Evans is apparently as a result of him attempting to find employment with another team while drawing a salary from the Seals. At first blush, this seems pretty normal -- lots of people look into the possibility of finding another job while working for another employer. Methinks there are some (highly relevant) additional details that we don't know about right now.

In retrospect, the announcement isn't a total shock. I remember making the following observations about the Arizona and California Winter Leagues (AWL/CWL):
  • Why are Darrell Evans and Dan DiPace involved in the fledgling California Winter League instead of participating in the Golden Baseball League's instructional league (the AWL)?
  • Why is Darrell Evans always pictured on the CWL web site wearing the garb of the Long Beach Armada and he's never pictured wearing Victoria Seals gear? Check out the photo above (taken on February 26th following the Coachella Valley Snowbird's championship win) for an example.
  • Why haven't the Seals signed any players out of the AWL? The two leagues are within driving distance of each other (165 miles separate Yuma AZ from Palm Springs CA).
Additional details can be found in the Times Colonist article written by Cleve Dheenshaw.