Joe Stiglich of CSNBayArea has a couple interesting tidbits about hitting coach Chili Davis leaving the A’s for the same position with the Red Sox.
First is that Davis received a three-year contract, which is a big change considering he was working year-to-year with the A’s.
Second is that Davis was choosing between the Red Sox and Yankees, so he was determined to leave the A’s either way.
And now Oakland will look to replace him, with Dave Hansen apparently not an option due to their division rivals in Anaheim balking at their interview request.
Throughout the playoffs the Giants have been using career first baseman Travis Ishikawa in left field rather than Michael Morse and that will apparently continue in the World Series.
Manager Bruce Bochy said today that Ishikawa will remain in left field and when the Giants are able to use a designated hitter in the four games played in Kansas City under AL rules–including Game 1 tomorrow night–it’ll be Morse at DH.
Morse has a ton of experience as an outfielder, playing nearly 1,700 career innings in left field, but he’s always rated very poorly in defensive metrics and has been less than full strength due to an oblique injury.
Morse has yet to start a game in the playoffs, but he hit .279 with 16 homers and an .811 OPS in 131 games during the regular season to rank second on the team in OPS behind only Buster Posey. If healthy he’s a huge addition to the lineup.
It certainly didn’t show while he was on fire during the playoffs, but Cardinals center fielder Jon Jay had a left wrist injury that required surgery and the recovery timetable is 6-8 weeks.
Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that Jay played through the injury since July, yet he hit .325 in August and September before going 14-for-29 (.483) in the postseason.
It was quite a change from last year, when Jay struggled offensively and defensively in the playoffs, and according to Goold the Cardinals plan to keep him as their starting center fielder for 2015 after bringing in Peter Bourjos as competition last offseason.
Mick Kelleher was fired as Yankees first base coach two weeks ago and rather than pursuing another job the 67-year-old has decided to retire.
Keller spent 16 total seasons coaching in the Yankees organization, the last six of which have been on the MLB staff.
In addition to serving as first base coach he was also the team’s infield defense instructor, but the Yankees let Kelleher go along with firing longtime hitting coach Kevin Long.
Following an injury wrecked rookie season Mariners right-hander Taijuan Walker went to the Arizona Fall League to recoup some of the innings he lost, but after making just two starts the 22-year-old has decided to leave the AFL.
Walker was scheduled to pitch Saturday, but was scratched. Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik offered the following explanation via released statement:
Taijuan is completely healthy and was very impressive in his two outings, but made a personal decision that he needed to return home at this time. He will continue with his offseason program and we look forward to seeing him at spring training in February.
There was no sign of injury, as Walker posted a 2.00 ERA with an 11/2 K/BB ratio in his two AFL starts, but he logged just nine innings after team officials indicated they wanted him to throw 25 or so.
Walker was a first-round draft pick in 2010 and came into this season ranked as a top-20 prospect by Baseball America, Baseball Prospectus, and MLB.com. When healthy he’s posted a 2.89 ERA with 46 strikeouts in 53 innings for the Mariners and spent the majority of this season as a 21-year-old, so his health plays a huge part in Seattle’s future.