Prior to managing his final game for the Dodgers yesterday Joe Torre reiterated to Tony Jackson of ESPNLosAngeles.com that he doesn’t plan to manage in the big leagues again, but did say that a short-term gig skippering the World Baseball Classic team in 2013 “would be interesting.”
You wouldn’t have a lot of baggage there, and it would be stimulating. Sure, at some point, if somebody thinks I could be a benefit. That is the key for me. Whatever I do, it has to be because I can help, not just because I have been around a long time.
Of course, 2013 is way off in the distance and Torre will be 73 years old by the time the next WBC arrives, although as Jackson notes Tommy Lasorda was 71 years old when he managed the United States to a gold medal at the 2000 Olympics.
The Braves have signed former football player and current outfielder Sanders Commings, an Augusta, Georgia native, to a minor league contract, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports.
Commings, 26, was a defensive back who played for the University of Georgia before being selected by the Chiefs in the fifth round of the 2013 draft. He appeared in two games in the 2013 season.
Commings also played baseball for Westside High School and was selected by the Diamondbacks in the 37th round of the 2008 draft. He chose to attend the University of Georgia instead. When football didn’t pan out, Commings started training with Jerry Hairston, Jr. Hairston said he was “blown away” when he saw Commings hit for the first time.
Obviously, Commings’ path to success as a professional baseball player will be long, but it’s a no-risk flier for the Braves. The club has past experience with football players, including Deion Sanders and Brian Jordan.
The next task for the Braves will be to acquire Ryan Goins from the Blue Jays. That way, players will look at the lineup card each day to see if it’s Commings or Goins.
On Thursday afternoon, Rays pitcher Chris Archer asked his Twitter followers, “Lots swirling around what needs to be changed about the game of baseball. What do y’all want to see changed, if anything, & why?”
Tigers ace Justin Verlander responded:
To that, Archer said:
For what it’s worth, Verlander hasn’t been much of a hitter. In 47 career plate appearances, he has three singles and no extra-base hits. And if the AL did get rid of the DH rule, the Tigers would have nowhere to put Victor Martinez. Verlander, though, would have an easier time pitching to opposing pitchers rather than their DH’s.