The defending World Series champion Giants will be left out of the postseason picture this October.
As you might expect, that’s not sitting well with some members of the organization. Members who have the power to make changes at the very top.
According to Mark Purdy of the San Jose Mercury News, the Giants’ executive owners committee — a group consisting of the franchise’s 10 primary investors — has decided that CEO and general managing partner Bill Neukom will be removed from his role at the conclusion of the 2011 season.
The timing may seem odd given San Francisco’s triumphant run last October, but Purdy says the issues with Neukom go beyond this year’s second-place finish. According to insider sources, Neukom did a poor job of keeping the executive committee “informed about his choices and actions” during his tenure as chief executive officer. Instead, Purdy writes, “some of the owners first read about those decisions in news reports.”
It’s doubtful many details will leak about which decisions specifically caught the ire of the other investors. And the Giants are likely to announce this move as a front-office “restructuring” rather than a firing or demotion.
Neukom joined the Giants’ ownership group in 1995 and became the first principal owner to guide the club to a World Series crown since Horace Stoneham in 1954, when the franchise was located in New York.
Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News reports that the Mets are expected to pick up the 2017 option for Reyes, but they haven’t done it yet. The option will be worth the major league minimum salary ($507,500), as the Rockies will continue to pay down the remainder of Reyes’ $41 million remaining on his contract.
The Mets signed Reyes after the Rockies released him in June. He had a .659 OPS in Colorado but improved to a .769 OPS in 279 plate appearances with the Mets, mostly playing third base in place of the injured David Wright. Bringing Reyes back next season will provide them more insurance at the hot corner.
Reyes, 33, served a 51-game suspension due to an offseason domestic violence incident while on vacation in Hawaii with his wife. As a result, he didn’t make his season debut until July 5, having spent some additional time in the minor leagues to get into game shape.
Amid the din and clatter of the Cubs’ National League championship on Saturday night, one member of the 2016 squad found himself celebrating 1,710 miles away in Mesa, Arizona. Kyle Schwarber, whose remarkable recovery from torn ligaments in his left knee appears to be fast-tracking him toward a World Series appearance, was showered in champagne by his fellow Arizona Fall League teammates following the Cubs’ clinch.
According to FanRag Sports’ Tommy Stokke, the celebration wasn’t a total surprise: Schwarber had been following the Cubs-Dodgers action on an iPad from the dugout of Sloan Park.
Schwarber appeared in the Mesa Solar Sox’ 7-2 loss to the Salt River Rafters on Saturday, giving Cubs’ brass another look before they decide whether or not to assign him an active role on the World Series team. The 23-year-old batted second in the DH spot, going 0-for-3 with a walk and lining out sharply to Rockies’ center fielder Noel Cuevas in his third and final at-bat. While his knee did not appear to be ailing him (if anything, Stokke noted, the outfielder was dealing with a number of blisters on his hands), Schwarber took it easy on the basepaths and was not exercised in the field. He’s expected to fill the same role if he makes it into the Cubs’ lineup next week.