Ben Cherington has always been Boston’s presumed choice to replace Theo Epstein and now Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports reports that the Red Sox have informed him that the general manager job is his.
Cherington was with the Red Sox before Epstein, joining the organization in 2002 and rising up the front office ranks to become vice president of player personnel. And when Epstein briefly took a break from the job in 2005 the Red Sox turned to Cherington and Jed Hoyer (who’s now the Padres general manager) to fill in.
Obviously losing Epstein hurts, but the transition to Cherington could be a relatively smooth one assuming the rest of the front office stays largely intact.
He probably won’t be hanging out at any more SABR conventions now that he’s a GM, though.
Pirates outfielder Starling Marte was hit on the hand by a Jack Flaherty pitch in the fourth inning of Tuesday night’s game against the Cardinals. Rather than take first base, Marte — who came to the plate with a runner on first base — insisted to home plate umpire Bruce Dreckman that the ball hit the knob of the bat, not his hand. Marte was allowed to continue his at-bat, though manager Clint Hurdle came out to discuss the ruling with Dreckman. Marte eventually grounded into a fielder’s choice. He then got caught attempting to steal second base and the Pirates scored zero runs in the inning.
According to Baseball Prospectus, a team that has runners on first and second with no outs is expected to score 1.55 runs. Having a runner on first base with one out yields 0.56 expected runs. Marte essentially cost his team a run by rejecting first base. Oops.