Joey Cora, who was originally expected to be the White Sox’s interim manager these last two games of the season, is now out of a job under mysterious circumstances.
GM Ken Williams said he and Cora spoke over the phone earlier Tuesday and that it was “mutually agreed” that Cora would not report to the ballpark tonight. That contradicts reports that Cora was fired via a text message from Williams.
It sounds like Cora, who wasn’t going to be as strongly considered as the heir to Guillen in Chicago, will follow Guillen to Florida and remain a bench coach. Or as SI.com’s Jon Heyman put it:
Of course I should have realized joey cora would go with ozzie. Cora’s the 1 who does the work while oz talks and tweets
Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association announced this morning that they are contributing $250,000 to assist victims of the devastating floods that recently hit Louisiana.
The $250,000 contribution is being divided among three charitable organizations: The American Red Cross will receive a $125,000 contribution and two charities connected to Major League Players – the Baton Rouge Area Foundation and High Socks for Hope – will each receive a $62,500 contribution.
According to the joint press release, several players with connections to the area, including Reid Brignac, Will Harris, Wade LeBlanc, Mikie Mahtook, Anthony Ranaudo and Ryan Schimpf were consulted in determining which organizations would receive funding support.
Nice move, union and league.
We mentioned this in the recaps this morning but Yoenis Cespedes deserves a post of his own.
He deserves it for his walkoff homer in the tenth inning of last night’s game against the Marlins. He deserves it for the fact that he’s hit five homers and has driven in nine runs in his last ten games while raising his batting average ten points. And, most of all, he deserves it for the magnificent bat flip after watching the ball fly:
Here’s the whole play from MLB.com: