On Saturday, 1B/OF Cody Bellinger tied a Dodgers rookie record held by Mike Piazza when he hit his 35th home run. He broke the record on Sunday, slugging a solo home run in the top of the ninth inning off of All-Star lefty Brad Hand.
Bellinger finished 2-for-4 on the afternoon. He’s now hitting .272/.352/.614 with the 36 homers, 82 RBI, 74 runs, and nine stolen bases in 440 plate appearances.
Despite Bellinger’s effort, the Dodgers lost 6-4 to the Padres on Sunday. They lost three of four in the series and have lost eight of their last nine games.
MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch reports that ESPN broadcaster Aaron Boone interviewed for the Yankees’ manager job today. No word as to whether he hit a big home run.
Boone, an ESPN analyst, obviously has some history with the Yankees, but he has no coaching experience at any level. Joel Sherman of the New York Post wrote earlier this week of Boone that the Yankees “are intrigued if his charisma and passion can compensate for inexperience.” I’d say the answer to that question, whenever asked and in whatever context, is always “no,” but I suppose there’s a first time for everything.
So far the Yankees have interviewed Rob Thomson, Eric Wedge and Hensley Meulens. Yesterday Brian Cashman said there was no rush to fill the job, and that the Winter Meetings are not a deadline for the team in doing so.