Mike Stanton's first major league home run is a grand slam

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It took 32 at-bats, but Mike Stanton collected his first major league home run in grand style against the Rays on Friday night, hitting a first-inning grand slam off Matt Garza.

According to the Associated Press, Stanton actually hit the home run with Dan Uggla’s bat, and as you see with the picture to the right, Stanton went with the high socks at the recommendation of Cody Ross.

“Dan’s bat and Cody’s idea to put pants up,” Stanton said. “The only
reason I hit it. Full credit to them.”

Yeah, that’s why it happened.

The 20-year-old Stanton joined Jeremy Hermida, Jeff Conine, Chuck Carr, Quilvio Veras and Craig
Counsell on the list of Marlins whose first career homer was a grand
slam, according to Juan C. Rodriguez of the South Florida Sun Sentinel. Hermida was the last to do it.

Hopefully this was just the first of many, you know, as long as it’s not against my Mets.
 

Royals fire manager Mike Matheny after 65-97 end to season

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Manager Mike Matheny and pitching coach Cal Eldred were fired by the Kansas Cty Royals on Wednesday night, shortly after the struggling franchise finished the season 65-97 with a listless 9-2 loss to the Cleveland Guardians.

The Royals had exercised their option on Matheny’s contract for 2023 during spring training, when the club hoped it was turning the corner from also-ran to contender again. But plagued by poor pitching, struggles from young position players and failed experiments with veterans, the Royals were largely out of playoff contention by the middle of summer.

The disappointing product led owner John Sherman last month to fire longtime front office executive Dayton Moore, the architect of back-to-back American League champions and the 2015 World Series title team. Moore was replaced by one of his longtime understudies, J.J. Picollo, who made the decision to fire Matheny hours after the season ended.

Matheny became the fifth big league manager to be fired this year.

Philadelphia’s Joe Girardi was replaced on June 3 by Rob Thomson, who engineered a miraculous turnaround to get the Phillies into the playoffs as a wild-card team. The Angels replaced Joe Maddon with Phil Nevin four days later, Toronto’s Charlie Montoyo was succeeded by John Schneider on July 13 and the Rangers’ Chris Woodward by Tony Beasley on Aug. 15.

In addition, Miami’s Don Mattingly said late last month that he will not return next season.