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Barry Larkin

The Rays add Barry Larkin, Doug Glanville to their large list of managerial candidates


The Rays unveiled eight candidates to replace Joe Maddon last week. Now they’ve introduced two more: Barry Larkin and Doug Glanville:

Larkin’s playing credentials are obvious but he has basically been a broadcaster and studio analyst since he retired. Doug Glanville is an author these days, having penned numerous excellent columns for the New York Times on both baseball and other things. Smart guy, but he hasn’t been inside baseball for a while. I suppose, though, there is something to be said about casting a wide net.

But the Rays have certainly cast it publicly. They have ten candidates in total, all released via social media like this, which just seems rather odd and game-showy for a managerial search. Maybe that makes me a grump or something, but I feel like this is, in some way I can’t put my finger on it, a bit rude to all of the candidates who, in some cases, may prefer at least some element of deniability to all of this.

Also, these graphics remind me of this:


Smarf for Rays manager!


Major League Baseball is probing the Cubs for allegedly tampering in Maddon hire

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Joel Sherman of the New York Post says that Major League Baseball is investigating whether the Cubs tampered in their hire of Joe Maddon:

After receiving a request from the Rays to do so last week, MLB has unleashed its Department of Investigation to look into whether the Cubs tampered with Joe Maddon while he was still under contract to Tampa Bay, The Post has learned.

The idea alleged is that, when Maddon opted out of this deal with the Rays, he knew that the Cubs wanted him. The Cubs and Maddon have both denied that there was any tampering.

As we have seen, the Department of Investigations will stop at virtually nothing in order to get to the bottom of the matters they investigate, be it filing spurious lawsuits, purchasing stolen documents and eventually getting the right people to crack. I eagerly await them to do the same here. Because they’ll do that, right?

Short of that, I’d expect a few interviews and, possibly, a negotiated thing in which the Cubs send the Rays a draft pick or something.

Baseball died in the movie “Interstellar,” you guys

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I saw “Interstellar” over the weekend. I’m not going to give away any important plot points or anything like that, but I did want to share one amusing part of it.

The scene, set up from the very beginning, is an Earth in which dust storms and any manner of other bad happenings have basically crippled the world. Everyone lives on corn, as all other crops have failed, there are no more armies and scientific inquiry and optimism and all of that has, apparently, disintegrated due to apocalypses large and small. Life still goes on in a lot of ways — people have cars and jobs and there are schools and stuff — but it’s definitely a leaning-toward-a-dark-age scene.

One of the extraordinarily small yet extremely vivid bits of the scene setting is a baseball game. It’s on what looks like a small, minor league field in the middle of a farming community. One team is a local nine made up of what are presumably amateurs. The other team: the New York Yankees. Which still exist, but have been reduced to a barnstorming, probably semi-pro situation. They have a banner on the wall welcoming “The World Famous New York Yankees,” for example.

I’m trying to get my head around all that would have to happen in society for Major League Baseball to truly die like that. Yet what would not be so bad that the New York Yankees could still exist, in however a diminished form. And I can’t decide if seeing them diminished like that should be a joyful bit of schadenfreude for non-Yankees fans or if, alternatively, we should be concerned that not even a freakin’ world-threatening apocalypse can kill the Bronx Bombers.

The Braves are pushing to trade Evan Gattis

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Joel Sherman of the New York Post says that the Braves are pushing hard to trade catcher Evan Gattis.

Makes a ton of sense given his defensive limitations and the fact that the Braves have Christian Bethancourt ready to play behind the plate. Bethancourt is clearly the superior defensive catcher, he’s younger and, while the bat isn’t there yet, he has promise. Gattis’ power is incredible but as a catcher he makes a pretty good DH, which the Braves cannot use. They tried Gattis in left field once. That was horrible. He really can’t play elsewhere.

Gattis would feature well on an AL team who could use him as DH and occasional catcher. What the Braves can get for him will be John Hart’s true first test as the head of the Braves baseball operations.