Author: Craig Calcaterra

Dave Stewart

The Diamondbacks have offered Dave Stewart their GM job



The Diamondbacks’ last GM wanted his pitchers to intimidate opposing batters. The man who may be their next GM can show them how:

Stewart has run his own sports agency for a number of years, representing Matt Kemp most famously. Before that he was the assistant GM for the Blue Jays and a pitching coach for three different teams.

As a player he was Tony La Russa’s ace with the Oakland A’s. Now, assuming the sides can come to terms, he’ll be working for Tony La Russa once again.

Imagining the most hilarious scenario ever

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In light of the possible Jeter Fest rainout, many are wondering what might be done if the flood does come to pass:

Can you imagine Major League Baseball asking the Orioles to give up their offday before a playoff series so that they might play a meaningless baseball game on the road for the sole purpose of ensuring that Derek Frickin’ Jeter is properly feted?

I’m trying to picture Peter Angelos’ response to that. I mean, sure, as the Nationals and the Ravens can tell you, he’s a man with a big heart who is always eager to accommodate competing interests, but something still tells me that he’d be less than enamored of the idea.

Bill Plaschke, once again, says that Yasiel Puig will be the death of the Dodgers

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Remember in August of 2013 when Bill Plaschke said that Yasiel Puig would end up costing the Dodgers dearly? Well, if you missed that, he said it again in April, this time saying Puig wouldn’t just cost the Dodgers games, but possibly foment a terrorist attack on Dodger Stadium.

Welp, none of that happened, but apparently Puig is once again the biggest threat to the Dodgers. From Los Angeles’ Most Concerned Citizen:

One of the Dodgers’ biggest postseason worries showed up Tuesday night, clearing benches, raising tempers, risking everything.

As long as Yasiel Puig continues to struggle with his emotions, the Dodgers will awkwardly struggle to dodge their flames.

The tempestuous outfielder allowed San Francisco Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner to get into his head by hitting his foot Tuesday night in a first-inning plunking incident that nearly started a brawl . . . Puig cannot be the sort of cornerstone this team craves until he begins leading with his head instead of his heart. As much as the Dodgers value him, they still can’t really trust him, and that scares the heck out of them.

This from a non-fight, immediately after which the Dodgers hit a homer to take an early lead and after which the Dodgers won, pushing themselves to within a game of the NL West crown. And involving the player who has, far and away, been the Dodgers’ most important offensive weapon this year. And often its most important defensive weapon.

But, apparently, if you get a bit perturbed at being hit by a pitch a few days in a row, and when the HBP came from a guy who was a jerk to you earlier in the year, you’re a team cancer. Never mind that what Puig did last night is absolutely no different than what hundreds of other players have done in baseball history. Never mind that, I am 100% certain, Plaschke has praised other players who reacted similarly to being hit by a pitch as possessing “fire” and “competitiveness.”

But this is Yasiel Puig we’re talking about here. He’s different. He’s going to be the death of the Dodgers, my friends. Eventually. Bill Plaschke is sure of it.

Report: the Braves have offered to make John Hart their permanent GM

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Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports reports that the Atlanta Braves have offered to make John Hart their permanent general manager. But there’s a hitch: it would be a short-term gig:

Were Hart to accept the job, it’s likely he would groom assistant GM John Coppolella … It’s conceivable Coppolella could be elevated to the job now, too, though Atlanta could widen its search were Hart to turn it down. Hart had a similar situation in Texas, where he left the job in the hands of then-28-year-old Jon Daniels.

This makes little sense to me. Most people in the game consider Coppolella to be ready for the gig. He’s far less green than any number of other young successful GMs in the game. If this were a situation where the Braves needed to totally clean house and needed Hart or someone to be a hatchet man for a while, great, but that’s not the case. And there’s certainly no reason why Hart can’t be the same sort of advisor to Coppollella from the sidelines as a special assistant or whatever than he could be as the actual GM.

Take the the training wheels off, guys. Give the job to Coppolella before someone else steals him out from under you.