Roberto Alomar will probably be elected into the Hall of Fame this year after coming up eight votes short in his first time on the ballot, but as James Hall of MLB.com reports the 12-time All-Star also has his eye on a front-office job:
I’m almost ready. I think after this year I’m going to go up there. I would love to work for the Blue Jays. Anywhere they need me. If they need me for fielding, or hitting, or stolen bases, I think the game of baseball now is lacking the little things, the things that [can be done] to win games. I think I can help them with that, mainly their mind and how to help them win some games. I always say one day I will work for baseball, and I would love to work for the Blue Jays.
Alomar will represent the Blue Jays at next month’s draft, but there’s no word yet on whether the team has plans to offer him a full-time gig. If they don’t and he has to look elsewhere for a coaching or front-office job, it’ll be an interesting test of whether his spitting on an umpire in 1996 and then leaving the game on a low note in 2002-2004 takes precedence over a Hall of Fame career and reputation as a smart player. It shouldn’t, of course, and my guess is that it won’t.
Manager Bud Black has tabbed Jon Gray to start on Opening Day for the Rockies. That will be Monday, April 3 in Milwaukee against the Brewers in an afternoon contest.
Gray, 25, is starting Opening Day for the first time in his career. He’ll be the sixth different Rockies pitcher to start Opening Day in as many years.
The Rockies and Gray had a bit of a scare on Friday as he left his spring training start with discomfort in his left foot, but everything came up clean in an MRI. He pitched again on Wednesday with no issue.
Last season, Gray went 10-10 with a 4.61 ERA and a 185/59 K/BB ratio in 168 innings. A consensus top prospect entering each of the previous three seasons, Gray surprisingly put up better numbers at Coors Field — the most hitter-friendly park in baseball — than away.
Today Washington Nationals manager Dusty Baker named Blake Treinen as his closer. Treinen has saved exactly one big league game.
There wasn’t necessarily an obvious choice, however. Last year Washington had Mark Melancon, but with him gone and GM Mike Rizzo’s failure to land a high-profile closer in the offseason, it became a contest between Treinen Shawn Kelley and Koda Glover.
Treinen posted a 2.28 ERA with 31 walks and 63 Ks in 67 innings in 2016. His big improvement last year came against lefties, who had tattooed him in the past. He pitched well this spring as well, but that doesn’t necessarily mean anything.
The Nats are our favorites to win the NL East, but we do have some questions about the pen. Blake Treinen will take the first crack at answering them.