Hall of Famer and Minnesota native Paul Molitor will be the first candidate to interview with the Twins to replace Ron Gardenhire as manager, Darren Wolfson of 1500-ESPN reports.
Lots of people in Minnesota have viewed Molitor as a sort of manager in waiting for a while now, although he’s never actually managed and his recent coaching experience is very limited as well. He joined Gardenhire’s staff this season in a role with a focus on baserunning, defensive positioning, and and infield instruction.
Gardenhire’s bench coach, Terry Steinbach, is also expected to interview for the manager job. General manager Terry Ryan has repeated insisted he will interview outside candidates as well, saying he plans to cast a wide net, but so far only in-house candidates are known.
Gardenhire was fired Monday after 13 seasons, the last four of which have seen the Twins lose 90 or more games.
Michael Wacha’s late-season return from a shoulder injury wasn’t enough for the Cardinals to trust him, so their playoff rotation for the NLDS versus the Dodgers will not include the 22-year-old right-hander who was so good last postseason.
Adam Wainwright will start Game 1 against Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw, and then the Cardinals will turn to Lance Lynn in Game 2, John Lackey in Game 3, and Shelby Miller in Game 4.
Last postseason Miller was relegated to mop-up work and pitched just once. He was actually much less impressive during the regular season this time around, but the Cardinals trust Miller more than Wacha at this stage. Wacha is on the roster, as a reliever.
Lyle Overbay started 64 games at first base for the Brewers this season, but he hit just .233 with a .661 OPS and today the 37-year-old told MLB Network Radio he’s “99.9 percent sure” he’ll retire.
Overbay had a good first month, but then hit .219 with three homers and a .627 OPS in his final 103 games and finished the season in a 6-for-40 (.150) slump.
Overbay once combined high batting averages and lots of doubles to make him a solid all-around first baseman despite modest home run power, but he’s hit a combined .238 with a .681 OPS in 449 games dating back to 2011.
At least he got to pitch this season. That was fun.
Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz, who revealed two weeks ago that he played the entire season with a shoulder injury, underwent what the team is calling minor arthroscopic surgery Monday.
Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports that Ruiz will have a follow-up exam in Philadelphia about one month from now and “is expected to be ready for spring training.”
Ruiz’s overall numbers this season were right in line with his career totals, but he hit just .229 with a .659 OPS in 67 games after June 1 and batted .193 in September.
He has two years remaining on a three-year, $26 million contract and turns 36 years old in January.
Russell Martin’s uncertain health status due to a hamstring injury has convinced the Pirates to carry three catchers on their roster for tonight’s Wild Card game against the Giants.
In addition to Martin, who started two-thirds of their games during the regular season, the Pirates will also include Chris Stewart and Tony Sanchez on the 25-man roster.
Pittsburgh has left starting pitchers Francisco Liriano and Gerrit Cole off the Wild Card game roster, but that’s fairly typical because neither would be available to pitch on short rest and teams are allowed to submit a new roster if they advance to the division series. Edinson Volquez will get the start versus San Francisco.