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Charlie Manuel thinks pitching coach Rich Dubee would make a good manager


Despite overseeing the best pitching staff in baseball this season Phillies pitching coach Rich Dubee hasn’t been linked any managerial openings, which doesn’t sit well with Charlie Manuel.

“He should be considered for some of these jobs,” Manuel told Jim Salisbury of “I see that kind of skill in him. He’s a real good baseball man. Why shouldn’t his name be out there?”

Manuel called Dubee “my man” after seven seasons working together, noting that “he totally handles our pitching” and “is tremendously important in what this team and this organization have accomplished.”

Most managers tend to be former position players, but Manuel opined that “pitching coaches can definitely be good managers” and Dubee recently admitted that he’s interested in managing some day. On one hand Manuel clearly wants Dubee to get an opportunity to manage. On the other hand he surely won’t mind having him back as pitching coach in 2012.

Rangers set ALDS rotation: Gallardo in Game 1, Hamels in Game 2

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Setting their rotation for the beginning of the ALDS versus the Blue Jays, the Rangers announced that right-hander Yovani Gallardo will start Game 1 and left-hander Cole Hamels will start Game 2.

Gallardo posted a 3.42 ERA in 33 starts this season, but averaged just 5.6 innings per start and hasn’t completed six or more innings in a start since mid-August. Clearly the Rangers will be hoping for five or six innings from him before turning it over to the bullpen.

Hamels, on the other hand, averaged seven innings in his 12 post-trade starts for the Rangers, including tossing a complete-game against the Angels in the regular season finale. He’s obviously the Rangers’ best starting pitcher, but because Hamels was needed to clinch the division title in Game 162 he’s not available to start Game 1 of the playoffs.

Indians promote Chris Antonetti to President, name new GM

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In the seemingly never-ending trend of front office officials getting new titles, the Cleveland Indians just announced that General Manager Chris Antonetti has been promoted to President of Baseball Operations and Mike Chernoff is now the GM.

Antonetti has been the Tribe’s GM for the past five years and is moving up in the wake of team president Mark Shapiro moving on to Toronto. Shapiro, however, also held business side responsibilities which Antonetti will not assume. Meaning, as before, he will be the top guy on baseball ops decisions, albeit with a grander title.

Chernoff has been an assistant GM for five years and has been with the organization for the past 12 years. As many new GMs these days he will, functionally speaking, still be an assistant when it comes to baseball decisions.