Rockies speedster Eric Young Jr. was sent to the Venezuelan Winter League this month to work on his play at second base, the hope being that he might enter 2012 with a bit more defensive versatility.
But that plan has now been derailed.
According to Rafael Rojas of Viva Colorado, an affiliate of the Denver Post, Young has been fired from his winter league team, Bravos de Margarita, for twice showing up to the ballpark late for games.
Young was also a disappointment at the plate during his short time in Venezuela, batting just .240 with a .333 OBP and three RBI in 50 at-bats for the Bravos.
It’s not yet known whether the 26-year-old infielder-outfielder will attempt to sign on with another club.
MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch reports that ESPN broadcaster Aaron Boone interviewed for the Yankees’ manager job today. No word as to whether he hit a big home run.
Boone, an ESPN analyst, obviously has some history with the Yankees, but he has no coaching experience at any level. Joel Sherman of the New York Post wrote earlier this week of Boone that the Yankees “are intrigued if his charisma and passion can compensate for inexperience.” I’d say the answer to that question, whenever asked and in whatever context, is always “no,” but I suppose there’s a first time for everything.
So far the Yankees have interviewed Rob Thomson, Eric Wedge and Hensley Meulens. Yesterday Brian Cashman said there was no rush to fill the job, and that the Winter Meetings are not a deadline for the team in doing so.