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.
This is happening, people.
Earlier we heard Joe Maddon being non-committal about Kyle Schwarber joining the Cubs for the World Series. Now it seems pretty clear that the Cubs are committal indeed: Jon Morosi reports that Schwarber is en route to Cleveland from Arizona on a private jet and that he’s expected to DH in Game 1 tomorrow night.
Schwarber hasn’t played in a game that counted since April 7. His potent bat is could be a windfall for a Cubs team that didn’t have a game-changing option at DH in the American League park.
Schwarber lost the whole season due to a knee injury, but he hit .246/.355/.487 with 16 homers and 43 RBI in 69 games as a rookie in 2015. His big coming out party was in the playoffs, however, when he hit three homers in five postseason games while going 7-for-13 with two walks in five games.
Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that Indians First Baseman/DH Carlos Santana shagged some flyballs in left field during the Indians’ workout today.
Sure, why not? Santana has played one game in the outfield in his major league career and that was over four years ago, but the Indians will have to play in Chicago without the DH, meaning either losing Santana’s bat or that of Mike Napoli.
It would be up to Terry Francona to decide if that happens, but ultimately I don’t think he’ll make it real and, rather, will just forget about it, because Santana’s defense out there would in no way be smooth.
I’m sorry. I’m sick today and I’m on a lot of cold medicine.