Mets release 41-year-old Miguel Batista

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After designating Miguel Batista for assignment over the weekend the Mets officially released the 41-year-old right-hander today.

It’s remarkable that Batista lasted as long as he did with the Mets, but it’s even more amazing that he somehow managed to not be much, much worse than a 3.96 ERA in nine starts and 30 relief appearances dating back to last season.

That’s nothing special, of course, but for a guy with 49 strikeouts and 45 walks in 77 innings a 3.96 ERA is pretty incredible.

It’s hard to imagine Batista getting another big-league job at this point, but then again I’ve been saying that since about 2008.

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.