Post by hashtagdaley is not happy on Nov 2, 2020 13:03:48 GMT -5
Meet Marco Luciano, potential soon to be #1 prospect in all of baseball. A legit reason for Giants fans to be excited for the future. Having a Tatis-like player will be so fun if everything pans out. That’s a huge “if”, but just the thought makes me giddy. We were blessed with the elite pitching years, but the Giants haven’t had an electric position prospect like this in... I can’t remember how long.
Oh, boy... the minor leagues are looking to be a huge mess.
Wichita spent all that time building a brand new ballpark... and from the sounds of everything, the city is going back to the Texas League, along with San Antonio, who'll probably never get a new ballpark.
MLB Network's Jon Heyman is reporting that the Red Sox' managerial search is down to five likely finalists:
- Sam Fuld, the Phillies' major league player information coordinator, who is 38 years old, played for five teams over a nine-year career from 2007-2015, and has a hilariously detailed and lengthy Wikipedia page for a career .227 hitter. (Seriously, it's 6,052 words!)
- James Rowson, the Marlins' bench coach and offensive coordinator. A 44-year-old, Rowson previously worked in the Yankees' and Cubs' systems before becoming the Cubs' hitting coach in 2012. He then became the Twins' hitting coach from 2017 through 2019. If hired, he'd become the first African-American manager in Red Sox history.
- Don Kelly, the bench coach for the Pirates. Prior to coming to Pittsburgh, Kelly was the Astros' first base coach in 2019. Kelly, 40, is also a former player, with stops in Pittsburgh, Detroit, and Miami over a 10-season career from 2007 to 2016.
- Carlos Mendoza, the Yankees' bench coach for the past season. Prior to becoming bench coach for the pinstripes, the 40-year-old Mendoza was the Yankees' infield coach in 2018 and 2019.
- Alex Cora, whose season-long suspension has concluded and can be hired to coach or manage anywhere in baseball. He was the Red Sox' manager in 2018 and 2019, leading the club to its most successful season in franchise history in 2018 and a World Series victory, but he was let go in January due to his ties to the Astros' sign-stealing scandal.
One thing is abundantly clear from these five finalists - the Red Sox are going with a fresh face with whoever they hire as their next manager. Cora is the oldest of the five prospective candidates, at age 45, and he's also the only one with any previous managerial experience. They're not going with a grizzled, experienced baseball man like Mike Scoscia or Clint Hurdle, they're not picking up some retread like Jeff Banister or Fredi Gonzalez. Outside of Cora, who appears to be the odds-on favorite, the Red Sox' front office appears interested in going young and handing the keys to the car to a new driver.
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It's exceedingly greasy of Red Sox ownership to go through the charade of interviewing candidates and pretending to give Chaim Bloom autonomy when it appears as though it was a fait accompli from the outset that they were just keeping the seat warm for Alex Cora despite his ties to the Astros sign-stealing scandal (and the much, much less significant Red Sox sign-stealing scandal).
Despite the respect the players have for Cora and his ties to the winningest team in franchise history, this doesn't feel like a move that's going to play well with fans or the media. He's going to get absolutely grilled in his re-introductory press conference and ownership is going to be put through the wringer on this hire even worse than they were with the Bobby Valentine hiring in 2011-12. At the first sign of trouble, even though this current Red Sox roster is the worst since that 2012 debacle of a franchise, everyone's going to be calling for Cora's head. There's going to be zero patience for a convicted cheater.
At least with A.J. Hinch, his hiring was in a different city, so the appearance there is that a different franchise and new front office was willing to give him a second chance. Everything about this appears as though John Henry, Tom Werner, and Sam Kennedy told Cora to go hang out at home for a year, wait by the phone, and they'd come and get him as soon as the 2020 season ended, regardless of the results. It's a bad look all the way around and I feel particularly bad for Sam Fuld, James Rowson, Don Kelly, and Carlos Mendoza, who were given the facade of hope that maybe they'd have a shot at a high-profile managerial gig, when it was clear that this was Cora's job and they were all wasting their time.