Game 1 of the World Series? Whatever.
This, via Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, is the biggest news story to come out of Kansas City on Tuesday …
The New York Mets often use the hashtag “HAIRWEGO” on Twitter to promote right-hander Jacob deGrom‘s starts. That may take on a new meaning after the World Series.
DeGrom indicated that he is likely to cut his signature flowing locks after the Fall Classic.
“I think mine is gone at the end of the year,” the Mets’ scheduled Game 2 starter told reporters on Tuesday afternoon. “It’s driving me nuts. I’ve got to get rid of it.”
Cue the Sarah McLachlan music …
James Wagner and Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post reported on Friday morning that Dusty Baker and Bud Black were the only two candidates (out of several) invited back to interview a second time for the Nationals’ managerial vacancy.
And now CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman says the Nats are indeed expected to settle on one of those two established veterans for the gig …
Baker and Black are believed to be the only two finalists for the job, so barring something strange happening, one of them will be the guy. The Nationals did interview many strong candidates, though there’s no word at this point of a third finalist.
Ron Gardenhire, Phil Nevin, Alex Cora, Rick Renteria, Randy Knorr, and Cal Ripken Jr. were some of the other names linked to Matt Williams’ former job. There has been a heavy emphasis on experience in this search because Williams performed so poorly as a first-time skipper.
Between them, Baker and Black have 29 years of managerial experience at the major league level. Along with four Manager of the Year awards.
Black is said to be the “preferred choice” for some Nationals executives.
Aaron Sanchez has a 1.67 ERA in 59 1/3 career innings as a reliever and he played a major role in the Blue Jays’ bullpen during the club’s run to the 2015 ALCS, but the 23-year-old is expected to enter spring training in 2016 as a strong candidate for the starting rotation.
Mark Buehrle is considering retirement and both David Price and Marco Estrada are free agents, so there will be openings in Toronto.
Sanchez debuted in 2014 as a reliever and then shifted to rotation work at the beginning of 2015. He was moved back to relief this past July after missing two months with a lat injury.
The former first-round pick has been rated a top-50 prospect by MLB.com and Baseball Prospectus each of the last three years. A starting role is where he can maximize his potential.
David Ross told Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe this weekend that he will return to the Cubs for the 2016 season. The veteran catcher inked a two-year, $5 million free agent contract with Chicago in December 2014, so he’s simply honoring that.
Ross batted just .176/.267/.252 in 182 plate appearances during the 2015 regular season and he went hitless in the playoffs. He’s also 38 years old, going on 39.
But if clubhouse presence matters at all Ross ranks high in that category, and he’s a good match with the Cubs’ young mix.
Miguel Montero will return as the Cubs’ starting catcher and Ross is apparently going to remain the primary backup. What does that mean for Kyle Schwarber‘s future behind the plate?
Billy Eppler was hired as the Angels’ new general manager in October, leaving a hole directly under Brian Cashman in the Yankees’ front office. A former Red Sox infielder will fill it.
According to Andrew Marchand of ESPN New York, the choice to replace Eppler is Tim Naehring, who played all eight of his major league seasons (1990-1997) with Boston and then got hired to scout for the Yankees in 2007. He was a scout for the Reds before that.
Naehring will take the title of vice president of baseball operations and assume all of Eppler’s assistant general manager duties.
Now 48 years old, Naehring hit .282/.365/.420 in 1,872 career major league at-bats.