Reds outfielder Drew Stubbs broke out of a massive 1-for-37 slump on Saturday to lead the Reds past the Cubs. He finished with a single, a double and a home run, collecting two RBI and scoring two runs of his own in the 4-3 victory at Chicago’s Wrigley Field.
Stubbs, 25, got off to a rough start this season with a .572 OPS over 70 April at-bats. But a strong May and a few bursts of power in June and July put him at 11 home runs and 43 RBI at the All-Star break. Not bad for a rookie known mostly for his speed, and now he’s looking to finish the season strong.
The Reds boast a one-game lead in the National League Central over the heavily-favored Cardinals, who are just about to get underway against the Marlins. It’s going to be a fun final few months.
Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that former player and manager Mike Redmond is among those who has interviewed for the Orioles’ open managerial position. Those others include Mike Bell, Pedro Grifol, Chip Hale, and Brandon Hyde.
Redmond, 47, spent 13 years in the majors as a player from 1998-2010. He took over as manager of the Marlins in 2013 but had a short and unsuccessful stint. The team went 62-100 in his first year, 77-85 in his second, then went 16-22 to start the 2015 season before he was fired. It was hard to put too much blame on Redmond, though, considering that the Marlins have nearly perpetually been non-competitive over the last eight years.
Redmond has served as the bench coach with the Rockies for the last two years.
Whoever becomes the Orioles’ next manager will be taking over a team that went 47-115 in 2018. It was the first season in franchise history and one of the worst seasons of all time. The Orioles traded Manny Machado during the season to help facilitate a rebuilding process that will likely take a few years.