In 2004, Dave Roberts pinch-ran, stole second (barely) and sparked the Red Sox comeback from down 3-0 and three outs from being swept to overcoming that deficit and breaking the “Curse of the Bambino.” Those 2004 Red Sox came back from 0-3 down to beat the Yanks in the 2004 ALCS and went on the sweep the World Series. It was the Red Sox’ first WS title in 86 years.
It is being reported that Roberts will become the next manager of the Dodgers, replacing Don Mattingly, who left by mutual agreement. Mattingly is now the new manager of the Marlins.
Roberts becomes the first colored manager in Dodgers history.
Surprise, the AFL team that had Yankees prospects on it, lost the Arizona Fall League Championship a few days ago. Although catcher Gary Sanchez played well in the league and was considered, he was not named the AFL MVP.
Joe Maddon of the Cubs and Jeff Bannister of the Rangers were named the Managers of the Year last night.
Joe Girardi of the Yankees finished fifth.
David Ortiz is apparently retiring at the end of the 2016 season.
Mike Harkey is back as the Yankees bullpen coach as the Yanks are bringing back almost all of their coaches. The only other change was at hitting coach, reported earlier.
Yogi Berra and Willie Mays are two of the newest recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. It’s too bad Yogi died before he could receive the award.
The Rookies of the Year were named: Kris Bryant of the Cubs and Carlos Correa of Houston.
Brett Gardner may or may not be still on the trading block, but one possible suitor (Seattle) may be out after the Mariners made a deal with Texas for Leonys Martin.
The managers of the year will be announced tonight.
From the Lohud blog, new hitting coach Alan Cockrell states that Brett Gardner played the entire 2015 season with a wrist injury.
Gardner’s offense began to significantly decline after the All-Star break. He was still getting on base at a pretty decent clip through the end of July, but Gardner hit just .203/.288/.290 from August 1 through the end of the year. Why would a hit by pitch in April cause a massive second-half decline? Cockrell said Gardner got injections to deal with the issue, but eventually he wasn’t allowed to get any more.
“I know he was getting some cortisone and some things like that to try to help him, and they did,” Cockrell said. “They helped him in spurts, but you can only get three of those in a year.”
That wrist injury, along with lingering trouble with Jacoby Ellsbury’s knee, might have been a factor in the Yankees’ struggles at the top of the order.
“It’s tough to hit if you don’t have legs,” Cockrell said. “And it’s tough to hit if you don’t have your hands. … I think it probably was a bigger thing than either of those guys let on.”
Also, the Yanks have let minor leaguer Kyle Roller go. Andrew Bailey is gone as a free agent. Chris Martin was released to go to a Japanese team.
It was being reported last week, and I copied, that Bud Black would become the Nationals’ new manager.
It’s Dusty Baker instead.
Apparently negotiations with Black fell through, and Baker is now the choice.
From the LoHud blog:
According to George King, the Yankees are going to promote assistant hitting coach Alan Cockrell to be the primary hitting coach. They’ll also promote Marcus Thames, last year’s Triple-A hitting coach, to be the assistant hitting coach.
Mets’ captain David Wright, who missed most of this year due to spinal stenosis, hit a 2-run HR and drove in 4 runs in the Mets 9-3 win in Game 3 of the World Series last night.
Game 4 is tonight in NY. The Kansas City Royals lead the New York Mets, two games to one.
Bud Black is expected to be named the new manager of the Washington Nationals soon.
Pittsburgh’s Andrew McCutcheon won the Roberto Clemente Award for community service.