Tommy Hutton has called Marlins games for 19 seasons, but he won’t be calling a 20th: the Marlins and Fox have decided not to renew his contract. The rest of the broadcast team remains in place.
According to this story in the Miami Herald, neither the club nor Fox gave a reason for getting rid of Hutton apart from a desire to change direction. Hutton doesn’t know why he’s gone either. All that is known is that the Marlins and Fox agreed to do this jointly, which suggests displeasure on their part for some reason.
And none of us on the outside can know the reason for their displeasure. Though we can know that you’re not going to go wrong too often in life betting on “the Marlins under Jeff Loria are going to make a bad choice for selfish and irrational reasons.”
Lloyd McClendon’s unemployment didn’t last too terribly long. John Wagner of the Toldeo reports that he’s been hired to manage the Tigers’ Triple-A affiliate Toledo Mud Hens.
McClendon, of course, spent several years in the Tigers organization coaching under Jim Leyland. After Leyland stepped down and Brad Ausmus took over the Tigers, McClendon managed the Mariners for two seasons, going 163-161 in two years before being shoved out when a new baseball operations department took over. McClendon managed the Pirates once upon a time too, but that seems like eons ago.
Congrats on the gig, Lloyd. And preemptive congratulations on the, oh, four-to-six weeks you’ll likely spend as the Tigers interim manager at some point in the next year or two.
At the outset, it’s probably worth noting that a state authority in Rhode Island can’t enforce a subpoena sent to a person in Massachusetts. And, even if you’re the most adamant Curt Schilling critic on the planet, it’s hard to argue against the notion that the overarching investigation from which this subpoena is coming seems to be some pretty obvious political grandstanding. They would’ve prosecuted him for something if they could’ve come up with something, but this, now, is a political body trying to make political hay out of a fat target, even if he is an understandably tempting one.
All of that said, it’s funny to imagine what sorts of tweets and Facebook posts Schilling will fire off once the subpoena actually comes to his door:
Rhode Island House Speaker Nick Mattiello will sign a subpoena Monday compelling Curt Schilling, founder of the failed video game company 38 Studios, to testify before the House Oversight Committee, which is examining the state’s $75 million deal with the company.
The committee voted unanimously Thursday to issue the subpoena, and Mattiello’s office confirmed Friday he will sign it next week.
Given his track record I expect Schilling to compare Rhode Island with various communist and/or fascist regimes or perhaps the Galactic Empire. Too bad he’s blocked me on every social media platform this side of Friendster. Someone tell me if anything good comes of it.