There will be stiffer penalties for slow play in the new CBA

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Here’s an extended version of that AP story I linked this morning on some of the new details of the collective bargaining agreement. Here’s a fun one, highlighted by Alex Speier of WEEI:

The report says that slow-moving hitters and pitchers can be fined up to $10,000 for a sixth pace-of-game violation and beyond.

As Speier notes, Red Sox pitchers Jonathan Papelbon and Josh Beckett, were fined last year.  Fun stuff in there about how Bobby Valentine, in his role of ESPN analyst, was critical of Beckett for his slow play last season. Seems like Valentine is going to back off a bit now that he, you know, is the manager.

And really, I don’t think $10,000 is going to change Beckett’s approach any if he truly thinks that that’s what makes him effective.

Blue Jays to announce that John Gibbons will not return as manager

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Sportsnet reports that the Blue Jays will announce today that manager John Gibbons will not return for the 2019 season.

This is not a huge secret, as Ken Rosenthal reported that the team will not be asking Gibbons to return over a month ago. Today, however, it will become official.

Gibbons, who is still under contract through the end of next season and who is subject to a team option for 2020, is in his second stint as the Jays’ manager. His first term went from 2004 through the middle of the 2008 season. He was rehired before the 2013 season. At the moment Toronto holds a 71-87 record, which puts them a whopping 35 and a half games behind the Boston Red Sox in the AL East.

The club is poised for a rebuild. And, they have decided, they will do it without John Gibbons at the helm.