Aaron mentioned this the other day, but last night — in honor of his 84th birthday — Tommy Lasorda was an honorary coach for the Dodgers game against the Giants. In uniform, hanging on the dugout railing and everything.
There was all kinds of good-natured ribbing going on between Lasorda and Dodgers players. Matt Kemp gave him style advice. Don Mattingly delicately implied that you pretty much can’t tell Lasorda anything he doesn’t want to hear. And, best of all, Bruce Bochy suggested that Lasorda actually be allowed to manage the game because Bochy would “outsmart him.”
To which Lasorda replied:
“Tell Bochy I’m in the Hall of Fame.”
No word on whether anyone asked what he thought of Dave Kingman’s performance.
Third baseman Anthony Rendon is reportedly open to a contract extension with the Nationals, Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post said Sunday. Rendon told reporters that he didn’t know if agent Scott Boras would discuss an extension with the club, contrary to previous reports confirming the two had already started that conversation.
Rendon, 27, is coming off of his best career year to date. He finished the 2017 season batting .301/.403/.533 with 25 home runs and 100 RBI through 605 plate appearances, good enough to earn him sixth place in NL MVP voting. He made his third postseason appearance after helping Nationals through the National League Division Series, and contributed a pair of extra-base hits before the team was eliminated by the Cubs in Game 5.
Rendon is still arbitration-eligible through 2019, but stands to receive a hefty payday once he enters free agency in 2020. While it stands to reason that the Nats would want to lock up a player who contributed a whopping 6.9 fWAR last year, making him the most valuable player on their roster, an extension appeals to Rendon as well. “Why not stay with one organization?” he said Sunday. The 2018 season will be his sixth with the team.