Bob Brenly drops out of running to be Cubs manager

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We can scratch another name off the list of candidates to be the next Cubs manager.

Citing “personal and professional reasons,” Bob Brenly has withdrawn his name from consideration for the team’s managerial position, according to ESPNChicago.com.

“With all due respect to the organization, to the Ricketts family and to
Jim, I just didn’t feel at this particular time that this was a good
fit for me,” Brenly said. “I’ve said all along that I would love to get
back on the field if I felt the situation was right, but for personal
and professional reasons, this is not the right time for me.”

Brenly said he has been in contact with other teams about their managerial vacancies, but would be open to returning to his job as Cubs broadcaster next season.

The Cubs have already interviewed former Indians manager Eric Wedge and Triple-A Iowa Ryne Sandberg, while current interim manager Mike Quade, Nationals coach Pat Listach, former Diamondbacks manager Bob Melvin and former Mariners manager Don Wakamatsu, among others, are also under consideration for the position. Former Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez also recently withdrew his name for consideration for the Cubs job, as he is the odds-on favorite to replace Bobby Cox in Atlanta.      

Masahiro Tanaka throws a Maddux

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You do know what a Maddux is, right? In case you forgot, it’s a complete game shutout in which the starter throws fewer than 100 pitches. Friend of HBT Jason Lukehart invented that little metric and, because Greg Maddux is my favorite player ever, it’s pretty much my favorite stat ever.

In the Yankees-Red Sox game tonight it was Masahiro Tanaka doing the honors, tossing 97-pitch three-hitter in which he only allowed one runner to reach second base to beat Boston 3-0. He only struck out three but he didn’t walk anyone. He retired the last 14 batters he faced.

Chris Sale was no slouch himself, striking out ten in eight innings. He’s pitched great this year but he’s not getting any help. The Sox have only scored four runs in his five starts. Boston has scored only 13 runs in their last seven games. They’ve been shut out three times in the past seven. They scored more runs than anyone last year, by the way.

The game only took two hours and twenty-one minutes. Or, like, half the time of a Yankees-Red Sox game in the early 2000s. Progress, people. We’re making progress.

Shelby Miller has a tear in his UCL, considering Tommy John surgery

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Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports that Diamondbacks pitcher Shelby Miller has a tear in his ulnar collateral ligament and is considering undergoing Tommy John surgery. Surgery would end Miller’s 2017 season and would cut into a significant portion — if not all — of his 2018 season as well.

Miller sent his MRI results to Dr. Neal ElAttrache and Dr. James Andrews for second and third opinions, respectively. He could choose to rehab his elbow rather than undergo surgery, but that comes with its own set of positives and negatives.

Miller lasted only four-plus innings in his most recent start on Sunday and carries a 4.09 ERA on the season, his second with the Diamondbacks. His time in Arizona has not gone well.