Ramirez-free Marlins beat up on the Diamondbacks

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As expected, Hanley Ramirez rode the pine for today’s businessman’s special against the Diamondbacks (query: do they call weekday games “businessmen specials” anymore?).  Didn’t bother the Marlins much, as Josh Johnson was dominant, allowing only two hits in seven innings, and Ramirez’s replacement Brian Barden went 1 for 3 with a two-run single, turned a double play, committed no errors and, by all accounts, did not once refuse to hustle during the Marlins’ 8-0 win.

For the Diamondbacks, new reliever Saul Rivera gave up five runs on four hits with two walks in a single inning’s work.  The Dbacks traded “cash considerations” to the Indians for Rivera yesterday.  If I were them I’d reconsider how much cash is heading to Cleveland.

If they really wanted an Indians’ minor league pitcher they should have gone for Mike Gosling.

Cubs announce Anthony Iapoce as new hitting coach

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The Cubs announced on Monday afternoon that Anthony Iapoce will take over as the new hitting coach.

Chili Davis was fired as the Cubs’ hitting coach last week. As noted, the Cubs’ offense regressed in a few areas, notably in the power department. Additionally, the offense in general waned as the season went on, which opened up the door for the Brewers to challenge for the NL Central title.

Iapoce, 45, spent the last three years as the Rangers’ hitting coach. The Cubs point out that the Rangers’ offense made great strides in 2017 thanks in part to Iapoce. They are no doubt hoping he can bring the same magic to Chicago. Iapoce was the Cubs’ special assistant to the GM for the three seasons before joining the Rangers.

Though he never made it to the majors, Iapoce did spend time in the Brewers’ minor league system from 1994-2003 and another two in the independent Northern League in 2004-05.