Brewers cut ties with disappointing reliever David Riske

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From the Brewers’ official Twitter feed comes word that the organization has released right-handed reliever David Riske.

The 33-year-old Riske opened the 2010 season on the disabled list due to Tommy John surgery and has posted an ugly 5.01 ERA and 1.41 WHIP in 23-plus innings since his June activation. 

Maybe teams will take a hint from this situation and realize that it’s rarely wise to lock up middle relievers to long-term contracts.

Riske signed a big three-year, $13 million deal with Milwaukee back in December of 2007 after compiling a 2.45 ERA and 1.26 WHIP over 65 relief appearances for the ’07 Royals.  That deal fell flat immediately when the right-hander allowed 47 hits and 25 earned runs in 42.1 innings for the Brewers in 2008.  Soon after that season he underwent reconstructive surgery on his elbow.  And now he’s without a job.

The Angels are giving managerial candidates a two-hour written test

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Jon Morosi of MLB.com reports that the Los Angeles Angels are administering a two-hour written test to managerial candidates. The test presents “questions spanning analytical, interpersonal and game-management aspects of the job,” according to Morosi.

I can’t find any reference to it, but I remember another team doing some form of written testing for managerial candidates within the past couple of years. Questions which presented tactical dilemmas, for example. I don’t recall it being so intense, however. And then, as now, I have a hard time seeing experienced candidates wanting to sit for a two-hour written exam when their track record as a manager, along with an interview to assess compatibility should cover most of it. Just seems like an extension of the current trend in which front offices are taking away authority and, with this, some measure of professional respect, from managers.