Wes Helms did an interview on June 20 with the MLB Network Radio channel on SiriusXM.
Since I'm doing the radio interviews and such today, (meant to do them yesterday), wouldn't want to leave out Uncle Wes.
Here's the partial transcript:
Today (June 20), on the MLB Network Radio channel on SiriusXM, hosts Jim Duquette and Kevin Kennedy spoke with Marlins third baseman Wes Helms about the resignation of manager Edwin Rodriguez.
Host, Jim Duquette: “Is there a feeling in that clubhouse that because he (Rodriguez) stepped down he quit? There are some people that have floated that out there, how do you respond to that?”
Wes Helms: “Well, I’m sure there’s mixed feelings. Yesterday, nothing was really said. I mean, today might be a different story when we get there now that everybody’s head is cleared. Yesterday the decision wasn’t made until an hour and a half before our game so basically guys were just getting ready for the game. I didn’t hear anything like that but, you know, there are going to be mixed feelings. I’m sure there’s going to be guys that are gonna say that and I’m sure there’s going to be guys that don’t. I don’t think he did. I just think that he had had enough mentally. There’s only so much a guy can handle mentally and physically until you hit your breaking point and I think he just hit his breaking point. I don’t look at it like he’s quitting but I’m sure some guys will. I’m sure some guys out there in the baseball world will. But, you know, that’s just the way life is. Not everybody’s going to agree on the same decision like everybody else.”
Duquette: “Since 2008 you’ve had quite a few changes with your managers. Looks like you’re going to have an interim guy right now. It just seems like from the outside the organization could use some stability here at the end of the year with a new hire.”
Helms: “Yeah, it’s tough, especially with this young team. A veteran team and a veteran like myself knows how to handle it, knows how to kinda get through it without letting it bother them. You know, we know what business we have to take care of. It would be nice to have some stability with these young kids so that they know that, hey, this is my guy, this is who’s going to lead us for a while, and that they know that he’s not going anywhere. Because [for] young kids, it’s almost like a father to them, you know, when their father is there they grow up faster, when the father’s not there they don’t. And that’s what the manager would do for these young kids. If they know that the guy’s going to be here for two, three, four years, then they know they can grow up as a team a little faster and I think it’s really big for this young team to have some stability there.”
“Power Alley,” with hosts Jim Duquette and Kevin Kennedy, airs weekdays (10am – 2pm ET) on MLB Network Radio, channel 89 on XM and channel 209 on Sirius Premier (formerly known as “The Best of XM”).