Mariners interview A’s bench coach Chip Hale


Seattle might be looking to poach a new manager from a division rival, as Ken Rosenthal of reports that the Mariners are interviewing A’s bench coach Chip Hale today as a potential replacement for Eric Wedge.

Hale has coached on Bob Melvin’s staffs in both Arizona and Oakland, and also managed at Triple-A for the Diamondbacks. He’s been a candidate for a few jobs in recent years, including the Mets before they chose Terry Collins.

Red Sox pitcher Steven Wright to be suspended 15 games for domestic violence

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Even Drellich of NBC Sports Boston has learned that Red Sox pitcher Steven Wright will be suspended 15 games for violating MLB’s domestic violence policy. The announcement should come from MLB at any moment. Wright will begin the season on the disabled list and will not serve his suspension until he is healthy.

Wright was arrested at his Tennessee home in December following an incident involving his wife, Shannon. Wright was charged with domestic assault and preventing a 911 call, which are misdemeanors in Tennessee, and released on a $2,500 bond.

The case in December was retired by a Williamson County, Tennessee judge. If Wright stays out of trouble for a 12-month span from the time the case was placed on hold, the charges are expected to be dropped. Likely because of that this is a short suspension by MLB’s domestic violence policy standards, but the league’s policy does provide for discipline even in the absent of legal charges.

Wright made only five starts in 2017 due to knee problems. He had season-ending surgery in May. Over parts of five seasons, the knuckleballer owns a 3.97 ERA in 287 2/3 innings.