After a 51-32 start to the season the Brewers finished the year 31-48, leading to speculation that manager Ron Roenicke’s job could be in jeopardy.
Brewers owner Mark Attanaaio has, so far at least, avoided giving a firm “yes” regarding Roenicke returning in 2015, but has said general manager Doug Melvin will be back.
Here’s what Roenicke told Adam McCalvy of MLB.com about his unknown status:
I’ve worked my tail off. I did the best that I thought I could do. I’m always wanting to do things better and get better at what I do, and sometimes it helps to have conversations afterward on what myself of as a group that we need to do better. You do the best you can do, and you know when you’re a manager, that sometimes if it doesn’t go well, that you’re the guy that’s going to get blamed for it.
McCalvy has a lot more quotes from Roenicke, who has a 335-313 (.517) record in four seasons as the Brewers’ manager.
Here’s how far Edinson Volquez has come in one year: Last season he posted a 5.71 ERA and allowed the most earned runs in the league. This season the Pirates just chose him to start the Wild Card playoff game Wednesday against the Giants … and it’s not even a crazy decision.
Pittsburgh going with Gerrit Cole in Game 162 of the regular season rather than holding him back was worth debating, but once that decision was made Volquez is a deserving choice after throwing 193 innings with a 3.04 ERA. Not a bad return for a one-year, $5 million investment.
However, his secondary numbers weren’t nearly as good as his ERA and, as always with Volquez, control is a huge issue with 3.3 walks per nine innings, 14 hit batters, and a league-high 15 wild pitches.
Jason Giambi hung on for a 20th season at age 43 as sort of a player/coach for the Indians, spending most of the year on the disabled list and hitting just .133 in 26 games.
Yet when asked if he plans to retire, Giambi was unsure:
I’ve been playing this game since I was five years old. That’s your whole life. If you look at it, it’s 40 years of doing the same thing. It’s been unbelievable. It’s been fun. But, I still haven’t made a decision about what I’m going to do yet. Who knows? Maybe somebody’s looking for a broken down 44-year-old to kind of take a few extra hacks.
It’s hard to imagine the Indians or any other team wanting to devote a roster spot to a 44-year-old pinch-hitter who can’t really hit any more, since Giambi has a .185 batting average in 157 games dating back to 2012.
With that said, don’t expect the former MVP to stay out of MLB dugouts for long. He previously turned down coaching inquiries because he wanted to keep playing, so Giambi can almost certainly snag a big-league coaching gig as soon as he wants one.
All the fans of good teams get to be excited about the playoffs, but me and my fellow fans of bad teams can start thinking ahead to next June’s draft! (Note: Ugh.)
By virtue of finishing with the worst record in baseball at 64-98 the Diamondbacks–with a new general manager and, soon, a new manager–have the No. 1 overall pick. Houston gets the No. 2 overall pick as compensation for failing to sign this year’s No. 1 overall pick, Brady Aiken, so all the other picks are pushed down one spot.
Here’s the whole top 10:
1. Arizona Diamondbacks
2. Houston Astros
3. Colorado Rockies
4. Texas Rangers
5. Houston Astros
6. Minnesota Twins
7. Boston Red Sox
8. Chicago White Sox
9. Chicago Cubs
10. Philadelphia Phillies
Ricky Nolasco signed a four-year, $49 million contract with the Twins and performed horribly for three months before revealing that he’d been pitching through an elbow injury since spring training.
He ended up going 6-12 with a 5.38 ERA in 159 innings while allowing opponents to hit .316. And then late last night, he had this Twitter exchange with a Dodgers fan:
In fairness, Nolasco is from California and the Dodgers are going to the playoffs while the Twins lost 90-plus games for the fourth consecutive season, but still. When you pitched terribly while hiding an injury in the first season of a big contract you chose to sign and play in a state that has a bit of an inferiority complex at times anyway perhaps keep the “wish I wasn’t here” thoughts private. Or at least leave out the multiple exclamation points.
Also, if the Dodgers want the rest of Nolasco’s contract the Twins would surely be happy to give it to them.
UPDATE: Nolasco deleted the tweet, about nine hours later.