Fuentes criticizes “unorthodox managing”
Fuentes’ communication with reporters following tonight’s game:
What did you think of the situation you were placed in tonight?
Fuentes: It’s surprising yet not surprising all at the same time.
How do you feel with the way the manager has handled you as a reliever?
Fuentes: Pretty poorly.
How much communication do you have with him?
Why is it pretty poorly?
Fuentes: There’s just no communication. Two games, on the road, bring the closer in a tied game, with no previous discussions of doing so. And then, tonight, in the seventh inning, I get up. I haven’t stretched, I haven’t prepared myself. If there was some communication beforehand I would be ready to come into the game – which I was, when I came into the game, I was ready. Just lack of communication. I don’t think anybody really knows which direction he’s headed.
How much different is this compared to past managers?
Fuentes: It’s a pretty drastic difference.
What goes through your mind when the phone rings in the seventh tonight?
Fuentes: I thought he misspoke. I thought it was some sort of miscommunication, but he said, ‘No, you’re up,’ so I got up and cranked it up. You can’t try to guess along with them. Very unpredictable.
At the beginning of the season, did he tell you that you were the closer?
Fuentes: Yes, from get go, I’ve been closing.
In regards to communication, is that something that oughta change?
Fuentes: It should. It’s not my decision. I can’t predict the future. If he decides to take that step, then there will be communication. If not, I’ll make sure I’m ready from the first.
Does there need to be a “clear the air” meeting?
Fuentes: Some people might think so. At this point I have nothing to say.
Has this been boiling up or is it just recent?
Fuentes: Just recent, really. I think the games in San Francisco were some unorthodox managing. I thought it was maybe the National league thing, that maybe that had something to do with it, but tonight was pretty unbelievable.