Pat Gillick drops out of running for Mets GM job

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According to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, Pat Gillick has taken his name out of the running for the Mets general manager job.

Gillick is known as one of the most successful executives in the game, leading the Blue Jays and Phillies to world championships. Now 74 years old, he still works with Philadelphia as a consultant. The team granted permission for an interview and Gillick spoke with Mets COO Jeff Wilpon today, according to Rosenthal.

“It was a very positive conversation,” Gillick said of his talk with Wilpon.”

“I wouldn’t mind working again. I would like to work again. But I
prefer to work here on the west coast. If it wasn’t for that, I’d
certainly be interested.”

While Gillick has officially dropped out, former A’s general manager and Padres CEO Sandy Alderson confirmed to Christian Red of the New York Daily News that he will interview for the Mets’ general manager job next week. The team is also expected to interview White Sox assistant general manager Rick Hahn, former Diamondbacks general manager Josh Byrnes and former Royals general manager Allard Baird.

Joe Maddon: “I have a defensive foot fetish.”

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The Cubs’ defense — or lack thereof this year — has been a topic of conversation as it could help explain why the team hasn’t played at the elite level it played at last year.

Manager Joe Maddon tried to go into detail about that but ended up channeling his inner Rex Ryan. Via CSN Chicago’s Patrick Mooney.

Well then.

The Nationals have scored 62 runs during four Joe Ross starts

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If, in the future, Joe Ross ever complains about a lack of run support, point to his first four starts of the 2017 season.

Ross started on April 19 in Atlanta against the Braves, on April 25 in Colorado against the Rockies, on April 30 at home against the Mets, and on May 23 at home against the Mariners. In those games, the Nats’ offense scored 14, 15, 23, and 10 runs respectively for a total of 62 runs, or an average of 15.5 per start. Ross was the pitcher of record for seven, eight, 10, and 10 runs for a total of 35 runs (8.75 runs per start), which would still make him the major league leader in run support by that restrictive standard.

Among qualified starters — Ross did not qualify — entering Tuesday’s action, the Rockies’ Antonio Senzatela led the way according to ESPN, averaging 7.11 runs of support in nine starts. The Rockies scored double-digit runs in only three of those starts, oddly enough.

Per the Nationals, the 62 runs of support for Ross is a major league record in a pitcher’s first four starts of a season.