Yesterday’s story that the Marlins are talking to Bobby Valentine and, regardless of what Bobby V. does, are thinking about firing Fredi Gonzalez, elicited a reaction from Bobby Cox:
“I can’t believe that. He’s done a remarkably great job
over there. Fredi can do a little bit of everything. He’s
knowledgeable, great communicator, disciplines well . . . he’s got a lot of
stuff in his favor. That’s the biggest surprise I’ve had all season.”
Gonzalez was the Braves’ third base coach before taking the Florida job. Based on Cox’s reaction, there is every reason to think that he’d find a job pretty quickly with the Braves if Jeff Loria decides to fire him. The same Braves team who is in need of a replacement for Bobby Cox following the 2010 season.
I have no idea why the Marlins repeatedly alienate good managers, but how hilarious would it be to see ex-Marlin manager Joe Girardi win the 2009 World Series with the Yankees and ex-Marlin Fredi
Gonzalez win it in 2010 and 2011 as the Braves’ bench coach
and manager, respectively?
Mets manager Terry Collins said on Wednesday, “It’s unlikely that [Steven Matz] will start the season with us.” The final spot in the Mets’ starting rotation will go to either Zack Wheeler or Seth Lugo, Newsday’s Marc Carig reports.
On Wheeler’s innings limit, assistant GM John Ricco said, “There’s going to be some number but we don’t exactly know what that is.” Wheeler missed the last two seasons after undergoing Tommy John surgery.
Neither Wheeler nor Lugo have had terrific springs as each carries a 5.11 and 5.56 Grapefruit League ERA, respectively. However, Carig notes that Wheeler has impressed simply by appearing healthy and brandishing a fastball that once again sits in the mid- to high-90’s. Lugo, meanwhile, proved crucial to the Mets last year, posting a 2.67 ERA across eight starts and nine relief appearances.
Nick Groke of the Denver Post reports that the Rockies agreed to a $200 million, 30-year lease with the Metropolitan Baseball Stadium District, which is the state division that owns Coors Field. As part of the deal, the Rockies will lease and develop a plot of land south of the stadium, which will cost the team $125 million for 99 years.
As Groke points out, had the Rockies not reached a deal by Thursday, March 30, the lease would have rolled over for five more years.
Rockies owner Dick Monfort issued a statement, saying, “We are proud that Coors Field will continue to be a vital part of a vibrant city, drawing fans from near and far and making our Colorado residents proud.”
The Rockies moved into Coors Field in 1995. It is the National League’s third oldest stadium. In that span of time, the Rockies have made the playoffs three times, the last coming in 2009 when they lost in the NLDS to the Phillies. The Rockies were swept in the 2007 World Series by the Red Sox.