All that talk about Clayton Kershaw making one final start? Yeah, let’s just toss that into the Hardball Talk garbage bin.
Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times reports that the Dodgers have scratched the young left-hander from his outing Friday against the Diamondbacks and have shut him down for the rest of the 2010 season.
John Ely, 4-9 with a 5.10 ERA in 17 starts, will take the hill instead against Arizona.
Kershaw will finish up a fantastic 2010 campaign with a 13-10 record, 2.91 ERA and 1.18 WHIP over 32 starts. He struck out 212 batters and walked only 81 in 204.1 innings. The southpaw ranks among the elite aces in the game at the young age of 22.
It’s hard to explain the Dodgers’ waffling on his status this final week. Kershaw probably asked for one more outing and manager Joe Torre probably backed his player. Our guess, at least, is that upper management then overruled them both. Probably. Or something like that.
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.