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The Marlins considered hiring Dusty Baker, Ron Washington and Ozzie Guillen (!) before going with Dan Jennings

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Bob Nightengale checks in on the Marlins’ clubhouse, and it ain’t a pretty sight. Ten days after Mike Redmond was fired and Dan Jennings was installed, the team is still losing, the players seem less-than-enthused and Jennings seems frustrated. He’s even getting personal advice from Jim Leyland about how to, you know, be an manager.

But maybe the most interesting part of all of this is who the Marlins considered before settling on Jennings:

The Marlins, according to a high-ranking official, seriously discussed several candidates once they decided to fire Mike Redmond. They talked about bringing in Ron Washington, who resigned from the Texas Rangers last September. They brought upDusty Baker, who fired by the Cincinnati Reds after the 2013 season.

Yes, if you can believe it, they also debated the idea of bringing back Ozzie Guillen, who was fired by these same Marlins after the 2012 season, and is still being paid $2.5 million.

I’d say that all three of those guys would be better choices than Jennings. Well, Guillen would be a better baseball choice, but as Nightengale notes, he made himself toxic in Miami a couple of years ago when he made those Fidel Castro comments. Still, he’d be a better manager. Which is not a slam on Jennings personally. Just a fact.

Still, I’m a tad skeptical here. The Marlins took a lot of heat after the Jennings hire for being the latest team to ignore the “Selig Rule” by not considering minority candidates. Now a “high-ranking official” floats the idea that they considered two black candidates and a Latino candidate?

One wonders how strong that consideration was. Why it’s just coming to light now. And why, given how much better any of them would be than Jennings, they weren’t actually, you know, hired. All three of them have publicly stated that they want to manage again and aren’t/weren’t getting phone calls. I bet they’d take the gig.

And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

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Mets 7, Phillies 0: The Noah Syndergaard Show. He shut out the Phillies while pitching into the eighth inning and went 3-for-3 with a homer. And it wasn’t a cheapie, either. It was cranked an estimated 430 feet:

 

Lucas Duda homered twice, but forget him. First basemen are supposed to hit homers.

Indians 12, Rangers 3: I was on a radio segment yesterday that taped in the morning to be played in the evening. In the morning I was asked about the Texas Rangers hot run of late and as part of that I mentioned that Colby Lewis pitching much better this year than last was key. Bet that sounded good a few hours after Lewis was beat up to the tune of ten runs on eleven hits in two and two-thirds innings. Carlos Santana and Lonnie Chisenhall each drove in three. Jason Kipnis had three hits. He’s hitting .342/.412/.537 yet didn’t even make the top five vote-getters at second base in the first round of All-Star balloting.

Rockies 6, Reds 4: Some more lack of respect: Nolan Arenado was fifth among NL third baseman in All-Star voting. Which, sure, I can see Matt Carpenter ahead of him and realize Kris Bryant is the big new star, but David Wright is being thrown on the “bring out your dead” cart from the Holy Grail and he’s a slot up on our man from Colorado here. No worries, all he did was hit a three-run homer here. In his past four games he’s 9-for-16 with three homers, a triple and 10 RBI.

Pirates 5, Marlins 2: Six in a row for the Pirates thanks to a five-run seventh inning. All of those runs came with two outs. Not gonna say it’s going well for Pittsburgh, but Starling Marte worked a bases-loaded walk during that rally. Marte’s career K/BB ratio is *does some frantic tapping on a calculator* “EEEEEEEEEEEEEE48.”  Well, crap. I broke my dang calculator.

White Sox 5, Blue Jays 3: Adam LaRoche singled in the go-ahead run in the 10th to help break a four-game skid. Jose Abreu had three hits with two RBI and scored the winning run. A fortunate win for the Chisox, as David Robertson blew yet another save here on yet another Josh Donaldson homer.

Yankees 4, Royals 2: Alex Rodriguez hit a three-run homer which pushed him past Lou Gehrig’s American League record for RBI. The Yankees swept the Royals in three, outscoring them 23-4 in the process. I still don’t know if anyone knows what to make of this Yankees team. You got old guys and hurt guys but all of their guys, in terms of talent, are pretty great. It’s like your old dog, maybe. These days he sits around and sleeps a lot. But sometimes you see him bound up and run after a rabbit or something based on muscle memory and habit. At this point I could see them bashing their way into the playoffs or finishing in fourth with half the roster on the DL. Lucky for them no one else seems to want to win the AL East.

Twins 6, Red Sox 4: I’ll outsource this one to blogmate Aaron Gleeman, who wrote about the Twins’ sweeping the Sox and their improbable run to first place and the second-best record in the AL in the early going:

I wrote a lengthy article on my Twins-centric personal blog about how they’ve been winning so far, but the short version is great hitting with runners in scoring position, Glen Perkins being perfect in the closer role, and the starting rotation going from historically inept to merely sort of bad. If you want the long version, there are 1,200 more words here. As a lifelong Twins fan I have no idea how long it’ll continue, but whatever. Beats the hell out of looking ahead to next year’s draft already, no matter what.

Mariners 3, Rays 0: I wrote this game up yesterday. All I know is that King Felix is absolutely amazing. And that maybe Kevin Cash shouldn’t have taken Chris Archer out of the game after 95 pitches given how dominating he was.

Giants 3, Brewers 1: Ryan Vogelsong started poorly this year but has now won three in a row. He’s a microcosm of the Giants’ season I guess. He allowed one run in six innings here and struck out five. Joe Panik hit a two-run homer. The Giants hot steak has been something. Now, to be fair, 11 of their past 14 have come against three of the worst teams in baseball in the Brewers, Rockies and Reds, but still.

Tigers 3, Athletics 2: Yoenis Cespedes hit a three-run homer to break a scoreless tie against his old mates — at least those of them that are left from last year — and six Tigers pitchers combined to six-hit the A’s.

Orioles 5, Astros 4: On another radio show I was on yesterday morning which, I hope anyway, was live, I talked about how Chris Davis needs to step it up to help the O’s. Step it up he did, hitting two homers, both tie-breakers. Jimmy Paredes had two hits and stole home. It was a delayed double steal, which, eh, but a steal of home is a steal of home I suppose.

Nationals 3, Cubs 0: Bryce Harper homered again and Max Scherzer struck out 13 in seven shutout innings, lowering his ERA to 1.51. Someone ask Thom Loverro of the Washington Times if that’s good enough.

Cardinals 4, Diamondbacks 3: A ninth inning rally gave the Cards the sweep. Jason Heyward homered to tie it leading off the ninth. Then Peter Bourjos, running home from third on a Jhonny Peralta chopper, slid into catcher Jordan Pacheco’s leg as he was forced out at home. That threw Pacheco off balance, causing his throw down to first to get Peralta to sail over the first baseman’s head which, in turn, allowed Matt Carpenter to come around to score the walkoff win. Crazy:

 

Padres 5, Angels 4: Justin Upton and Matt Kemp hit RBI singles in the seventh and Will Middlebrooks had a two-run homer to back Andrew Cashner, who tends not to get a ton of run support.

Braves 3, Dodgers 2: Juan Uribe came back against the team he played for just the night before and went 0-for-3 with a couple of strikeouts. The Braves didn’t need his production, however, as Alex Wood allowed only one run in seven innings. Andrelton Simmons had two hits and scored the go-ahead run on a wild pitch. Cameron Maybin homered.

Al Kaline’s last game

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A nice article from Lynn Henning of the Detroit News about Al Kaline’s last game in 1974.

Henning and Kaline talk about Kaline’s one regret about it, which he considers one of the biggest mistakes of his career. It involved Ben Olgive, for what it’s worth. It also involved statistics and round numbers. Specifically the difference between 399 home runs and 400. Which really is no difference it all, even if we pretend it is for baseball purposes.

Finally, some good stuff in there about how, when Kaline was done playing, he really had no idea what he’d do with the rest of his life. Which seems silly now, as any future Hall of Famer’s future is pretty much set. But both in terms of money and in terms of career paths, 1974 was a very different time.

Good read.

Scott Kazmir leaves the Tigers-Athletics game with an apparent injury

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It’s been a bad season for the A’s so far. It just got worse.

Scott Kazmir got the start for Oakland and made it through three shutout innings. It was dicey for a bit — he needed 47 pitches to make it that far — but the bullpen got ready in a hurry as the A’s batted in the bottom of the third and Dan Otero came out to replace Kazmir to start the fourth. Kazmir could be seen pointing to his shoulder and talking to manager Bob Melvin and team trainers.

Our friend Ken Arneson sums it up:

Coming into today Kazmir was 2-3 with a 3.09 ERA in nine starts.

Updates as we hear them.

Gwinnett Braves infielder Elmer Reyes charged with rape and kidnapping in Columbus, Ohio

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Serious charges have been filed against infielder Elmer Reyes of the Gwinnett Braves, the Triple-A affiliate of the Atlanta Braves. Specifically rape and kidnapping of a woman in Columbus, Ohio over this past weekend.

As reported in the Columbus Dispatch, Reyes is alleged to have taken two women to a bar after a Braves-Clippers game. After leaving the bar he took them to a downtown hotel where he paid for their room, stating that he believed they weren’t in a condition to drive. It is then alleged that one of the women fell asleep and then Reyes pinned the other woman on the bed and raped her.

The woman called 911. Rape and kidnapping charges were filed against Reyes on Saturday. He is free on bond and scheduled for a June 2 court appearance in Columbus.

Reyes, 24, has spent seven years in the Braves organization.

(h/t to Rob Moore)