For reasons I explained last week, heads never roll in Atlanta. Sometimes people get transferred and reassigned, however. And today the Braves announced that third base coach Brian Snitker has been reassigned to AAA Gwinnett, where he will be the manager. Manager. Roving instructor Doug Dascenzo is the new big league third base coach.
No word on what happened to Randy Ready, the Gwinnett Braves’ former manager. Perhaps he will become the new Braves setup man and will handle high-leverage situations when there are between six and four outs remaining in playoff games.
Agent Scott Boras eulogized client Jose Fernandez at his funeral on Thursday. Boras couldn’t even get through the first sentence without breaking down in tears. It was difficult to watch without wanting to sob myself, but it was a touching eulogy that spoke for a lot of people who were fond of Fernandez.
Red Sox starter Drew Pomeranz hasn’t pitched in a week due to soreness in his left forearm. He threw a bullpen on Thursday afternoon and said, “I definitely feel like I can maybe help (as a reliever in the playoffs,” as ESPN’s Scott Lauber reports.
The Red Sox clinched the AL East on Wednesday, so they don’t need to rush Pomeranz along. And using him out of the bullpen might ultimately be best as he regressed quite a bit after coming to Boston from San Diego in July. In 13 starts with the Red Sox, Pomeranz has a 4.68 ERA with a 69/24 K/BB ratio in 67 1/3 innings.
Eduardo Rodriguez and Clay Buchholz have been throwing the ball quite well as of late. Paired with Rick Porcello and David Price, the Red Sox still have the depth to be menacing in the postseason.