Given what has happened with Jim Riggleman and Ozzie Guillen this year, the Mets weren’t going to let Terry Collins enter next season with his contract status in doubt. They picked up the manager’s option for 2013 on Tuesday.
While the Mets are 76-84 despite a big payroll, Collins’ first year on the job has been viewed as a success. Just keeping the team in the neighborhood of .500 through a mountain of injuries has been quite an accomplishment. Collins has kept the team focused in spite of the Francisco Rodriguez and Carlos Beltran trades and injuries to most of the team’s regulars. Incredibly enough, not one Met will end the year having playing in 130 games. Jose Reyes and Willie Harris are the team leaders, having played in 124 games.
Collins, 62, returned to managing this year after an 11-year absence. He’s 520-518 in seven years overall, having led both the Astros and the Angels for three years apiece in the 1990s.
The Braves have signed former football player and current outfielder Sanders Commings, an Augusta, Georgia native, to a minor league contract, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports.
Commings, 26, was a defensive back who played for the University of Georgia before being selected by the Chiefs in the fifth round of the 2013 draft. He appeared in two games in the 2013 season.
Commings also played baseball for Westside High School and was selected by the Diamondbacks in the 37th round of the 2008 draft. He chose to attend the University of Georgia instead. When football didn’t pan out, Commings started training with Jerry Hairston, Jr. Hairston said he was “blown away” when he saw Commings hit for the first time.
Obviously, Commings’ path to success as a professional baseball player will be long, but it’s a no-risk flier for the Braves. The club has past experience with football players, including Deion Sanders and Brian Jordan.
The next task for the Braves will be to acquire Ryan Goins from the Blue Jays. That way, players will look at the lineup card each day to see if it’s Commings or Goins.
On Thursday afternoon, Rays pitcher Chris Archer asked his Twitter followers, “Lots swirling around what needs to be changed about the game of baseball. What do y’all want to see changed, if anything, & why?”
Tigers ace Justin Verlander responded:
To that, Archer said:
For what it’s worth, Verlander hasn’t been much of a hitter. In 47 career plate appearances, he has three singles and no extra-base hits. And if the AL did get rid of the DH rule, the Tigers would have nowhere to put Victor Martinez. Verlander, though, would have an easier time pitching to opposing pitchers rather than their DH’s.