We aren’t even out of the playoffs yet and already we have several managerial moves around the league. Ideally teams would wait for the playoffs to conclude, but hey, if it’s gotta be done, may as well be done fast I suppose.
We will start up in Boston, where John Farrell was very publicly shown the door and had a few not so nice things implied about him on the way out per Boston tradition. His replacement has already been named in Alex Cora. Cora and the Sox agreed to a three year deal with a club option for a fourth. I don’t really understand this move, and to me it puts a bad taste in my mouth as Cora still has a job to do and maybe should remain focused on his current employer, you know in the one who just made it to the World Series. Although I’m not entirely sure how much effect a bench coach has day to day, it just feels icky. Why couldn’t they have waited a week to make the announcement?
Traveling a little ways south, we’ll head to New York, were the Mets have hired Mickey Callaway away from the Indians, who are now looking for a new pitching coach. Callaway will have to put his pitching skills to good use to get the most out of a staff that annually performs under their potential and can’t seem to stay healthy.
Going just a little further south, we learn that the Nationals cowardly fired Dusty Baker and have solidified a reputation for being incredibly untrustworthy. Apparently they are looking up to Boston in all the wrong ways. All Baker did in Washington was win, despite his reputation for ruining pitchers, managed to actually turn a few careers around.
Next we will head west where the Tigers have announced they are hiring Ron Gardenhire as their new manager. Ron may not be as beautiful as Brad, but he’s certainly quite qualified. The Tigers decided to go with Gardenhire over Fredi Gonzalez, so bullet dodged right there. Still no word on if Gardenhire can pitch in the 7th, 8th, and 9th innings. Gardenhire will have a tough job ahead of him with the team on a rebuild path.
That’s all the Management news I have for you today. The last bit of news that’s of any interest is the newly acquired Marlins are looking to slash payroll 25 million down to 90 million dollars. With Giancarlo Stanton set to make 25 million next year, it’s clear the implication is that Stanton is likely on top of the list of players who may be on the move. It’s also possible the Marlins will try to deal away Dee Gordon, Brad Ziegler, and AJ Ramos in an effort to slash and burn.