Wake Forest baseball coach Tom Walter donates a kidney to one of his players

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When a guy makes a boneheaded play and the manager defends him during the presser after the game, that manager is called a “player’s manager.”  We’re probably going to need a new term to describe the lengths Wake Forest baseball coach Tom Walter goes for his guys:

When Tom Walter recruits players, he often describes the family atmosphere at Wake Forest. On Monday, he backed up those words by donating one of his kidneys to a player in need—freshman outfielder Kevin Jordan … Walter said that as soon as he had the support of his family, Wake Forest athletic director Ron Wellman and his team, donating a kidney to Jordan was a “no-brainer decision.”

“I would do anything to help any one of my players or any of my family members—anything in my power to help them have a better quality of life is something that I want to do,” Walter said.

I have this feeling that I’m going to come down ever harder than I normally do the next time some big league manager throws one of his players under the bus over some silly P.R. thing.

Rays to start relievers in all three games of weekend series with Orioles

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Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that the Rays will start a reliever in each of the three games of the club’s weekend series at home against the Orioles. Sergio Romo will start Friday, Ryne Stanek will start Saturday, and Romo will start again Sunday. The Orioles’ starters are TBA at the moment.

This continues the trend that drew attention last weekend, resulting in Angels third baseman calling the strategy “bad for baseball.” I wrote about the potential labor impacts of this strategy as well. The Rays did it against the Angels because they had a right-hander-heavy top of the lineup and didn’t want lefty Ryan Yarbrough to have to face that top of the lineup three times.

The O’s have a righty-heavy top of the lineup as well, as various combinations of Trey Mancini, Adam Jones, Manny Machado, and Jonathan Schoop have batted 1-2-3-4 for most of the season. Romo has limited right-handers to a .702 OPS this season.