Rangers first baseman/outfielder/designated hitter Mitch Moreland took the mound in a blowout loss to the Rockies last night and looked about as good as a position player can look as a pitcher.
Moreland was clocked as high as 95 miles per hour, regularly worked at 92-94 miles per hour, and tossed a 1-2-3 inning with a pair of fly outs to right field and a broken-bat ground ball.
Here’s the video from MLB.com:
Moreland was actually a very good pitcher in college at Mississippi State and made a couple pitching appearances in the minors. Based on how good he looked the Rangers might want to make letting him mop up a semi-regular thing just to save some wear and tear on the pitching staff.
The Kansas City Royals just announced that Ned Yost will retire following the final game of the season. Mike Matheny will take over as the Royals manager for the 2020 season.
Yost, 65, led the Royals to victory in the 2015 World Series and to back-to-back American League pennants in 2014 and 2015. He will retire as the winningest manager in Royals history. In ten years at the helm in Kansas City he is 744-836 with five games remaining. Before he managed the Royals he managed the Milwaukee Brewers for six seasons, compiling a 457-502 record. In all, he is 1,201-1,338. When he’s done on Sunday he will finish 32nd all-time in games managed with 2,544.
The Royals now will look for the man who will, hopefully, see the current rebuild through. Multiple reporters have cited former St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny as Yost’s likely replacement. He currently serves as a special advisor in the club’s player development department. He managed the Cards from 2012-18, winning the NL pennant in 2013 and finishing with a record of 591-474 in St. Louis.
Here is the Royals official statement on Yost’s retirement: