'F' as in Frank

Change of scenery

In the last couple of weeks there have been some moves that have caused a stir in the sports and broadcasting world.

First, Mariners manager Mike Hargrove suddenly stepped down and retired in the midst of the M's riding high on a winning streak.

Then, just the other day, ESPN broadcaster Dan Patrick decided to call it quits after 19 years or so with the sports news outlet.

Patrick had something like close to 25 years in the announcing biz, and Hargrove had logged over 30 years in the big leagues.

Both quit for similar reasons, noting they lost their passion for their respective occupations. I remember when Hargrove quit there was a slew of speculation that there were some inner workings that led to his decision.

But with Patrick's decision it's got me thinking maybe "Grover" was simply ready for a change of scenery. He was just plain burned out, perhaps.

Burn out can happen in any profession.

One of the things that happens here at the DSN news department to help stave off the doldrums is that standing beats are shuffled around periodically to give us reporters a new outlook. In turn, we each provide our different approaches to coverage.

Call it a change of scenery, if you will, but the shuffle begins this month. After covering the Sunnyside City Council for almost two years I've been assigned to cover Grandview. Corey Russell will cover Sunnyside City Council. You get the idea.

The other benefit of swapping beats is that we all get acquainted with each other's turf well enough that we can pinch hit for one another during vacation or illness.

Who knows, maybe if Grover took a turn coaching third base from time to time or took a turn in coaching the catchers and pitchers-he played catcher in the majors-he'd still have some passion for managing. Or at least enough to see the season through.

At any rate, I'm looking forward to the new line-up card "Coach" Bob Story has come up with and hope to do my new beats justice.

Now I just have to make sure I match up the faces and names so I don't have a miscue right off the bat.


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