Mar DeRosa Mar 13, 2023; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; USA manager Mark DeRosa prior to game against Canada during the World Baseball Classic at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Team USA manager Mark DeRosa earned the wrath of baseball fans Saturday night for some questionable game management against Team Venezuela in a WBC quarterfinal game.

The 48-year-old DeRosa, who played 16 MLB seasons, watched as Team USA pitcher Daniel Bard (Colorado Rockies) struggled with terrible control issues in the bottom of the fifth.

Team USA entered the inning leading 5-2, but Bard, in order, gave up a walk, a single, a wild pitch, hit Houston Astros star José Altuve with a pitch, threw another wild pitch and then walked another hitter before DeRosa gave him the hook.

Bard did not retire a hitter and gave up four runs, as Venezuela took the lead.

Pitchers have bad outings. It happens. The question is, why did DeRosa stick with him so long when he clearly did not have command?

Baseball fans put the blame squarely on DeRosa.

[Tim Kelly]

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