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Former San Diego Padres INF Tim Flannery rips team, fans

By The Sports Xchange   |   Feb. 11, 2016 at 12:11 PM
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Former San Diego Padres player and coach Tim Flannery severely criticized the franchise and its fans during a Twitter post late Wednesday night.

Flannery played 11 major-league seasons with the Padres and was a member of the franchise's 1984 World Series team. He later served on the team's coaching staff from 1996-2002 under manager Bruce Bochy and was fired by the Padres following the 2002 campaign.

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Flannery, 58, finished his coaching career with the San Francisco Giants in 2014. Apparently, that time with the Giants led to increased tension between Flannery and the franchise and also with the club's fan base.

"Though they lose you support them, enable them, demand nothing from your ownership, and feel great calling them your hometown," Flannery wrote. "You get what you demand. Leave me alone. People create history where they are, who they become in that moment.

"I'm a Giant for life, you all allowed the organization to do whatever they wanted, and so did Giant fans, but don't diss me with your Padre loyalty. There were two World Series you ever went to, I was on those teams. It's time now to grow up, get over it, quit demanding from me, and quit being fooled by the some smoke and mirrors. Quit being ignorant."

Flannery batted .255 with nine homers while playing for the Padres from 1979-89.

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