Michael Cuddyer could be done for the year

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The injuries have been piling up for the Rockies, and one of their latest may have ended the injured party’s season.  Michael Cuddyer, placed on the DL over the weekend due to an oblique strain, could be done for the year:

“There is a possibility,” Rockies manager Jim Tracy said Sunday when asked if Cuddyer is done. “I won’t (say) that’s completely the case, but I won’t rule it out, either.”

Cuddyer is batting .260/.317/.489 with 16 home runs and 58 RBI in 101 games this year, the first of a three year deal. Given that the Rockies aren’t playing for anything but pride for the next month and change, no sense in rushing him back.

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.