Viva technology. From Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times:
Rays 3B Evan Longoria watched via FaceTime on his phone from the Tokyo Dome on Saturday as fiancee Jaime Edmondson delivered a healthy baby boy in Arizona. Then in Sunday’s game, he celebrated by hitting a home run, as the MLB team won 6-1 . . .
. . . Longoria went on the tour knowing it was a possibility he would miss the birth of their second child, as Edmondson was due Nov. 18, but said she was okay with that.
I’m probably the last guy who can offer advice on what makes a lasting and fulfilling relationship, but I sorta feel like my marriage would’ve ended way sooner than it did if I had decided to take a fully voluntary business trip when my kids were due to be born. Even if my wife did say she was okay with that.
But that’s none of my business.
The Rays’ search for Joe Maddon’s replacement continued today, as Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that bench coach Dave Martinez and former Indians and Nationals manager Manny Acta both interviewed for the vacant manager job.
The Rays spoke with Craig Counsell, Raul Ibanez, and Don Wakamatsu via phone yesterday. Triple-A Durham manager Charlie Montoyo, Indians bullpen coach Kevin Cash, and Giants bench coach Ron Wotus are also under consideration.
Martinez worked alongside Maddon for seven seasons, so he would appear to be a natural fit. During an appearance on MLB Network yesterday, third baseman Evan Longoria called Martinez “kind of the obvious pick” and reasoned that the front office “might not want to bring in further change.”
The Roberto Clemente Award goes to the Major Leaguer who “best exemplifies the game of baseball, sportsmanship, community involvement and the individual’s contribution to his team.” Not entirely sure how this differs from the Marvin Miller Award, the nominees for which we announced yesterday, but just go with it.
Carlos Beltran won it last year. The 2014 nominees — one per team — were just announced and are listed below.
There’s a weird fan vote aspect to this. You go to the website and you can vote for one of the nominees. The winner of the fan vote basically gets a one vote head start, with that vote added in to votes cast by Bud Selig, Vera Clemente and a number of former players and some media people.
Arizona Diamondbacks – Paul Goldschmidt
Atlanta Braves – Craig Kimbrel
Baltimore Orioles – Nick Markakis
Boston Red Sox – Craig Breslow
Chicago Cubs – Anthony Rizzo
Chicago White Sox – Paul Konerko
Cincinnati Reds – Skip Schumaker
Cleveland Indians – Nick Swisher
Colorado Rockies – Michael Cuddyer
Detroit Tigers – Justin Verlander
Houston Astros – Jason Castro
Kansas City Royals – Eric Hosmer
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim – C.J. Wilson
Los Angeles Dodgers – Clayton Kershaw
Miami Marlins – Steve Cishek
Milwaukee Brewers – Ryan Braun
Minnesota Twins – Glen Perkins
New York Mets – David Wright
New York Yankees – CC Sabathia
Oakland Athletics – Jed Lowrie
Philadelphia Phillies – Jimmy Rollins
Pittsburgh Pirates – Charlie Morton
St. Louis Cardinals – Jason Motte
San Diego Padres – Ian Kennedy
San Francisco Giants – Sergio Romo
Seattle Mariners – Felix Hernandez
Tampa Bay Rays – Evan Longoria
Texas Rangers – Adrian Beltre
Toronto Blue Jays – Todd Redmond
Washington Nationals – Ian Desmond