Blue Jays to interview Rays bench coach Dave Martinez

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Add another name to the list of candidates interviewing for the Blue Jays’ managerial opening.

Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that the Jays plan to interview Tampa Bay bench coach Dave Martinez as a possible replacement for Cito Gaston.

Martinez, 46, was a major league outfielder from 1986-2001, batting .276/.341/.389 over 1,918 games with the Cubs, Expos, Reds, Giants, White Sox, Rangers, Jays and Braves. He was hired as a coach by Joe Maddon’s Rays after the 2007 season.

The Blue Jays are speaking with a wide range of names this offseason, including Red Sox bench coach DeMarlo Hale, ESPN analyst Bobby Valentine, Padres first base coach Rick Renteria, Red Sox third base coach Tim Bogar, Phillies bench coach Pete Mackanin, former Mariners skipper Don Wakamatsu, Red Sox pitching coach John Farrell and a host of other coaches and former managers.

World Series Games 1 and 2 may be the hottest of all time

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The World Series is often played in near winter-like conditions. The 2008 Series was interrupted by a snowy, wintry mix. The 2012 World Series games in Detroit dipped into the 20s. It’s not uncommon to see players wearing balaclavas and other winter gear during the so-called “Fall Classic.”

Not this year, though. Indeed, this year we’re likely to see record high temperatures for Games 1 and 2 at Dodger Stadium.

As of this moment, WeatherUnderground.com forecasts a high in Los Angeles of 101 degrees for today’s World Series Media Day and highs of 102 and 98 for Games 1 and 2, respectively. First pitch for both games is just after 5PM Pacific time, when the sun will still be blazing. The sun will set about an hour or so in to the game which should cool things off somewhat, but the heat will definitely impact pregame workouts and the early innings. Fans showing up three or more hours before first pitch will do well to prepare themselves for the elements.

The hottest World Series game on record came in Phoenix for Game 1 in 2001 when the mercury stood at 94 degrees at game time. That year Major League Baseball unwisely demanded that the Chase Field roof be left open for the Diamondbacks-Yankees tilt. If there is a Game 6 and/or 7 things will be nicer as the long range forecast shows temperatures in the low 70s by then.

Hydrate well, Dodgers and Astros. Those of us watching from cooler temperatures and/or the comfort of our air conditioned homes will feel really bad for you.