Randy Wolf's one-man show

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Randy Wolf picked up a win with 7.2 innings of three-run ball yesterday and also provided his own run support by going 3-for-4 with a homer, a double, and three RBIs at the plate. In doing so he becomes just the 11th pitcher since 1954 to have a win with at least one homer, one double, one single, and three RBIs in the same game.
The others: Don Newcombe, Ken Brett, Micah Owings, Dontrelle Willis, Scott Terry, Walt Terrell, Milt Pappas, Clause Osteen, Blue Moon Odom, Johnny Antonelli. That’s quite an eclectic list, and Newcombe actually accomplished the feat in 1955 and 1959. Not surprisingly he’s one of the best-hitting pitchers of all time, batting .271 with 15 homers in 878 career at-bats.
Newcombe was a pretty decent pitcher too, going 27-7 with a 3.06 ERA in 1956 to win both the Cy Young and MVP awards. Oh, and like Wolf he played for the Dodgers. Meanwhile, even yesterday’s big effort leaves Wolf with a modest 7-6 record on the mound this season despite a strong 3.43 ERA and boosts his career batting average to just .185, although he does have five homers in 488 at-bats.

Billy Beane promoted to VP, David Forst named A’s general manager

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I’m so old I remember when general managers used to run baseball operations departments. Now they’re basically assistants.

The latest example: the Oakland Athletics have promoted Billy Beane to vice president of baseball operations and have named David Forst general manager. Forst has been with the A’s for 16 years and has been Beane’s assistant for 12 years, so it’s not exactly a situation in which Forst will be making the final calls. The official move came today, though the move has been in the works for some time, it seems.

Someone with a lot of good front office access is going to write a good story this winter about the title inflation going on in Major League Baseball over the past year. And it’s gonna be great when one of his or her sources breaks the pattern of saying “well, baseball transactions are so much more complex these days . . . ” and admits “hey, if Theo gets a fancy title and La Russa gets a fancy title I WANT A FANCY TITLE TOO.”

Not that it’s much of a secret as it is.

Brewers fire pitching coach Rick Kranitz

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Despite a change at general manager from Doug Melvin to David Stearns the Brewers quickly made it clear that they’re keeping Craig Counsell as manager, but today they fired pitching coach Rick Kranitz.

In fact, all of Milwaukee’s coaches except for hitting coach Darnell Coles and third base coach Ed Sedar were let go, as Counsell shakes up his staff after managing the Brewers to a 61-76 record as Ron Roenicke’s replacement.

Kranitz took over as the Brewers’ pitching coach in 2011, during which time they’ve ranked 11th among NL teams in ERA.