With the benefit of a huge lead in the National League East, the Braves plan to give rookie right-hander Julio Teheran some extra rest as the regular season winds down.
According to Mark Bowman and Eric Single of MLB.com, Teheran will have his next start pushed back to September 10 against the Marlins. The 22-year-old last pitched on August 30, so he’ll go a full 10 days between starts.
Teheran owns a quality 3.01 ERA and 148/42 K/BB ratio over 161 1/3 innings this season. His career-high is 164 1/3 innings between the majors and minors in 2011, but he’s poised to move well past that number if the Braves play deep into October.
Aaron Boone has no experience as a coach or a manager at any level. As such, some have speculated that he’d hire a more seasoned hand as his bench coach as he begins his first season as Yankees manager. Someone like, say, Eric Wedge, who was a candidate for the job Boone got and who once managed Boone in Cleveland.
Nope. According to MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand, he’s going with Josh Bard.
Bard, 39, was a teammate of Boone’s with the Indians in 2005. He’s not without coaching experience, having spent the last two seasons as the Dodgers’ bullpen coach, but he’s not that Gene Lamont/Don Zimmer-type we often see in the bench coach role.
Which is fine because different managers want different things from their bench coach. Some are strategy guys, helping with in-game decision making. Others are relationship guys who help managers understand all of the dynamics of the clubhouse while they’re worrying more about lineups and stuff. Others are trust guys, who can serve as the manager’s sounding board, among other things. Some are combinations of all of these things. As Feinsand notes in his story, Boone said at his introductory press conference that he’s looking for this:
“I want smart sitting next to me. I want confidence sitting next to me. I want a guy who can walk out into that room and as I talk about relationships I expect to have with my players, I expect that even to be more so with my coaching staff. Whether that is a guy with all kinds of experience or little experience. I am not concerned about that.”