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
Watch as Adam Jones robs Evan Longoria of a home run with a leaping catch before throwing out Matt Joyce to complete a double play:
Pretty much everything went the Orioles’ way this evening, as they trounced the Rays 9-1 at Camden Yards in Baltimore. They hit five homers, including back-to-back-to-back shots from Delmon Young, J.J. Hardy, and Chris Davis in the fifth inning. Meanwhile, Chris Tillman allowed an unearned run over seven innings in the victory. After snapping a three-game losing streak, the first-place Orioles now sit at 74-55 on the year. The Rays are now 64-67 and find themselves on the fringe of playoff contention.