This morning I linked Bob Klapisch’s story about Terry Collins being on the hot seat. Andy Martino of the Daily News, without mentioning Klapisch by name, but pretty clearly aiming in that direction, says that such stuff is nonsense:
It is not worth your time speculating on Collins’ job status. He might or might not be back next year, but the team is not anywhere close to replacing him. On February 20, we reported that “it will take an extraordinarily bad situation, far worse than a losing record, for Collins to be fired during the year — but it is also nearly impossible to imagine an extension before October.”
It doesn’t seem like Sandy Alderson’s M.O. to just yank a manager in midseason for no good reason. It’d be different if the team had some optimistic expectation that wasn’t being met, but the Mets were expected to struggle and build. So far we’ve seen both some struggling and some growth, and there isn’t any suggestion that there’s drama going on in the clubhouse or anything.
That still leaves next season up for grabs — there’s no particular reason to stick with Collins either — but at the moment Martino’s take rings more true to me.
Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera didn’t play in the Tigers’ season finale against the White Sox, but he has officially clinched the AL batting title with a .338 average following Sunday’s action. It’s Cabrera’s fourth batting title in his last five seasons.
Marlins second baseman Dee Gordon entered Sunday’s season finale with a bit more pressure. He was in a tight race with Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper for the NL batting title, trailing only by rounding to the fourth place, .3307 to .3306. Gordon went 3-for-4 in a loss to the Phillies while Harper went 1-for-4 in a loss to the Mets. As a result, Gordon officially won the NL batting title with a .330 average. It’s the first batting title of Gordon’s brief career. Hanley Ramirez was the Marlins’ last batting champion, doing so in 2009.
Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports that the Angels are expected to announce Billy Eppler as their new general manager on Monday. Eppler had been serving as the assistant general manager with the Yankees.
Jerry DiPoto had been the Angels’ GM but he stepped down on July 1. DiPoto later joined the Red Sox in an advisory role, then was named the Mariners’ new GM last week.
The Angels lost to the Rangers in Sunday’s season finale, which eliminated them from contention for the second AL Wild Card spot. They finished 85-77. Most of their regulars are under contract for the 2016 season, but Eppler will have to decide whether to tender contracts to seven arbitration-eligible players while filling in the rest of the roster.