The Marlins have begun the search for their next manager, with both Bo Porter and Manny Acta going for interviews in recent days, but big changes are also in store for the front office. Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports has the story…
Jennings made the move from the front office to the dugout after Mike Redmond was fired in May. Many assumed that he would simply move back to the general manager job after the season, but that apparently won’t be the case.
Berger was hired as vice president/assistant general manager in November of 2013 and has a history with owner Jeffrey Loria.
The Marlins entered the season with big expectations after the additions of Dee Gordon, Martin Prado, Mat Latos, Michael Morse, and Dan Haren, but they have disappointed with a 69-90 record.
After dealing with dizziness and balance issues for nearly a month, Yankees infielder Stephen Drew was diagnosed with a vestibular concussion on Wednesday. Yankees manager Joe Girardi told Wallace Matthews of ESPN New York on Friday that he’s “doubtful” to play again this season.
Drew was struck in the face by a grounder on September 9 and believes that it has contributed to his issues. However, he said that he noticed symptoms even before that. Progress has been hard to come by.
“It’s just constant right now,” Drew said of the dizziness. “I have to concentrate for ground balls and hitting and everything because of my balance and feeling the way I do. It’s not that I don’t want to go. It’s just not fair to me and it’s not fair to the team.”
Drew still plays good defense and smacked 17 home runs in 131 games this season, but he batted just .201 with a .271 on-base percentage. Among hitters with at least 400 plate appearances, only Houston’s Chris Carter has a lower batting average while only five players have a lower on-base percentage.
The Yankees will go into the postseason with a platoon of Dustin Ackley and Rob Refsynder at second base.
After Mets general manager Sandy Alderson acknowledged on Friday that “the concern level has certainly gone up” with Steven Matz‘s lingering back injury, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports that the southpaw has received an injection in a last-ditch effort to get him ready for the NLDS against the Dodgers.
Matz was originally scheduled to start Wednesday against the Phillies, but he was pushed back a day after coming down with some back soreness. He was then scratched again, with the hope that he’d be ready to pitch out of the bullpen this weekend. However, the injury hasn’t responded well so far and he’s running out of time to prove his readiness.
The Mets were looking at Matz to be their Game 4 starter, but Bartolo Colon would get the assignment if he’s not ready.
Kevin Pillar‘s teammates on the Blue Jays have nicknamed him “Superman.” Gee, I can’t imagine why.
Watch Pillar cover some serious ground before going all out to rob Rays catcher Luke Maile of extra bases last night…
We’ve seen some amazing plays from Pillar this year, but that might have been his best one yet.
Pillar has also been getting it done at the plate. He’s hitting .531 (17-for-32) with two homers and eight RBI over his last eight games.