Hanley Ramirez limited to pinch-running for rest of season

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After sitting out a week with an elbow injury Hanley Ramirez played last night, but was limited to pinch-running duties and Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports that he’s “basically out for the season.”
Ramirez will continue to be available as a runner, but won’t be able to hit or play defense in the Marlins’ final six games. That means he’ll finish the season hitting .300/.378/.475 with 21 homers and 32 steals in 142 games, which is both an excellent year for a shortstop and a big dropoff from his 2007-2009 production.
During that three-year stretch he posted OPS totals of .948, .940, and .953, while this year’s mark is “only” .853. Of course, an .853 OPS still ranks second to only Troy Tulowitzki among all MLB shortstops. Ramirez has been merely All-Star caliber instead of MVP caliber.

Report: Nationals to interview Alex Cora for managerial position

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Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that the Nationals will ask to speak with Astros’ bench coach Alex Cora after the American League Championship Series concludes on Saturday. This comes on the heels of the news that club manager Dusty Baker will not be returning to the team in 2018.

Cora, 42, has some experience in the Nationals’ organization. He played for the Nats during his last big league stint in 2011, batting .224/.287/.276 through 91 games before announcing his retirement in the spring of 2012. Per Cafardo, he was also offered a player development gig with the club, but has not appeared in any kind of official role with them since his days as a major league infielder. While he’s been lauded for his leadership skills and strong clubhouse presence, he hasn’t acquired any managerial experience since his retirement, save for a handful of games with the Astros where he filled in for A.J. Hinch.

Despite the appeal of having a familiar face in the dugout, the Nationals aren’t the only ones eyeing Cora. The Astros’ coach has already interviewed with the Tigers, Mets and Red Sox this month. Boston appears to be the current favorite to land him and according to at least one source, may even announce his hiring in advance of the World Series next Tuesday.