Sain Out as Tigers' Pitching Coach

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August 10, 1969

The Detroit Tigers announced that pitching coach was released. “He didn’t resign,” declared General Manager Jim Campbell, who acted after talking by telephone with Owner John Fetzer in Kalamazoo, Mich. “He was fired,” said manager Mayo Smith bluntly. “John should be the manager. That’s the only way he can run a pitching staff the way he wants.”

Sain seemed very relaxed in the return to his many business interests in Walnut Ridge, Ark. He is a man of considerable wealth and losing a $30,000 a year contract won’t slow him down. “I didn’t intend to make anybody look bad,’ said Sain whose Detroit stay of nearly three years ended on an otherwise pleasant Sunday morning in Chicago. “The trouble with these things is that it puts pressure on the one who stays.” His relationship with Smith was strained. Earlier this season, Sain took some time off to attend to personal business. In his absence, Smith had the pitchers run, angering Sain, who asked Smith if he wanted to stick with what worked or with what hadn’t worked for 25 years.

“The club made a mistake,” said Denny McLain. “He did an awful lot for me. How can they give someone like that his outright release?” “If I voiced my feeling, I’d get in trouble with the organization,” said a subdued Mickey Lolich. This is the way it always winds up in a Sain exit. Jim Bouton moaned when he left the Yankees after the 1963 season. Jim Kaat wrote an explosive letter to the newspapers after Sain’s clash with Manager Sam Mele in 1966 with the Twins.

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