Eric Fisher of SportsBusinessJournal reports that a longtime MLB executive has been let go:
Major League Baseball executive VP/baseball development Jimmie Lee Solomon has been fired by commissioner Bud Selig, according to industry sources, ending a 21-year association with the league.
MLB execs declined to comment, and it is not clear what precipitated the surprise move or what Selig plans to do to replace Solomon.
Fisher later tweeted that some team executives said “this was a long time coming.”
Solomon used to have the Joe Torre job: overseeing on-field issues and umpiring, but was demoted a couple of years ago to deal with the league’s development initiatives. Now he’s out.
Solomon graduated from Harvard Law School, and after 10 years at a Washington law firm, where he made partner, he got into baseball. A couple of years he was quoted as saying he “hated every second” of his legal career. Which is gonna make it a bit hard for him when he starts circulating resumes next week …
Good news in Boston: An MRI on Red Sox outfielder Andrew Benintendi‘s left knee revealed no structural damage.
Benintendi slipped while trying to avoid a tag at second base, injuring his leg, but it appears he’s avoided a serious injury. A timetable for his return isn’t known at this point, but the Red Sox expect to get him back before the end of the season.
Benintendi is hitting .324/.365/.485 with a homer and ten RBI in 21 games.
And then there was one. One player from the 2008 World Series champs, that is. Ryan Howard likely isn’t going anywhere so he’ll be the last one to turn the lights off, but today Carlo Ruiz bid adieu to the Phillies following his trade to Los Angeles.
Lost in all of the emotions the Dodgers are reported to be feeling about A.J. Ellis leaving is the fact that Ruiz was one of the most beloved Phillies players ever, by both his teammates and their fans. Yesterday Roy Halladay penned a heartfelt goodbye to Ruiz, suggesting that he was every bit as essential to his and the Phillies’ success as Ellis has been to Clayton Kershaw (and in pure baseball production, obviously, quite more).
Today Chooch left a message for his now former teammates: