Yeah, that Jack McKeon.
According to Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald, it is owner Jeffrey Loria’s desire that the 80-year-old former skipper returns to Major League Baseball as interim manager of the Marlins.
Edwin Rodriguez announced his resignation on Sunday morning after leading the Marlins to a 32-39 start, and most recently a 1-17 rut. Bench coach Brandon Hyde served as manager in Sunday afternoon’s series finale against the Rays and is also being considered for the interim post.
If McKeon is offered the gig and accepts, he will become the second-oldest manager in baseball history. A native of South Amboy, New Jersey, he managed the Royals from 1973-1975, the A’s from 1977-1978, the Padres from 1988-1990 and the Reds from 1997-2000. He won a World Series with the Marlins in 2003 then retired after the ’05 season. There are indications that he would be willing to come back on a one-year pact.
The Marlins are likely to begin their search for a long-term option after the regular season. FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal suggested Sunday morning that White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen will be a target.
Nationals GM Mike Rizzo said on Tuesday that starter Stephen Strasburg is unlikely to pitch in the NLDS against the Dodgers, Chase Hughes of CSN Mid-Atlantic reports. Strasburg hasn’t pitched since September 7 due to a strained flexor mass.
Strasburg was pitching well before a few poor starts prior to being shut down in August. He currently holds a 3.60 ERA with a 183/44 K/BB ratio in 147 2/3 innings.
The Nationals signed Strasburg to a seven-year, $175 million contract extension in May. This was obviously not how they invisioned his 2016 campaign going.
Nationals starter A.J. Cole has been fined an undisclosed amount and suspended five games by Major League Baseball for intentionally throwing at Pirates third baseman Jung Ho Kang on Sunday, Chelsea Janes of The Washington Post reports. Cole is appealing his suspension.
Kang faked a tag on Bryce Harper, who was coming into third base on a triple. The fake-out caused Harper to slide awkwardly, injuring his left thumb. The Nationals took exception to this and Cole threw a fastball that ended sailing behind Kang’s back during his next at-bat. Cole was ejected and both benches emptied. There was some yelling and some light pushing and shoving, but nothing beyond that.
Cole will remain active until his appeal is heard, which may allow him to make one more start before the end of the regular season. He’s carrying a 5.09 ERA with a 37/14 K/BB ratio in 35 1/3 innings over seven starts this season.