Video: Watch the Dodgers give Scott Van Slyke the “hot foot”

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Spirits are high at Chavez Ravine. With Sunday’s victory over the Cardinals, the club moved into a virtual tie for first place in the NL West with the slumping Giants, who were just swept at home by the Reds. Clayton Kershaw is, perhaps, pitching better than he has ever pitched before, and everything is clicking.

So it was no surprise that the Blue Crew had a bit of light-hearted fun at Scott Van Slyke’s expense during Sunday’s game. Van Slyke was given the “hot foot”, one of baseball’s best and most time-tested pranks. Even better, Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully got to call it:

The execution wasn’t the best, unfortunately, but they still got him. The Dodgers could learn a trick or two from “hot foot” master Roger McDowell.

Texas Rangers fire manager Jeff Banister

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The Texas Rangers just announced that they have fired Jeff Banister as the team’s manager. Bench coach Don Wakamatsu has been named interim manager for the remainder of 2018 season.

Banister was in the last year of his contract with the club, but there was an option for 2019. Rangers brass, obviously, has decided to go in a different direction following what will be the club’s worst finish in Banister’s tenure. At the moment the Rangers are 64-88 and are assured of last place in the AL West.

Banister was hired before the 2015 season and led the Rangers to first place finishes in each of his first two seasons, willing the Manager of the Year Award in 2015. The club fell to a disappointing third place and a 78-84 record last season, however and, after an offseason that neither helped the Rangers rebuild OR reload, this season the descent has continued.

Injuries and under achievement has been the order of the day for the past two years and, with the career of Adrian Beltre nearing its end and the Rangers having been passed up by the Astros as the class of the division, a full rebuild is in the club’s future. Even if that was not the case, however, recently there have been some reports about Banister having trouble communicating with his players, suggesting that, perhaps, the Rangers would move on from him even if the results on the field had been better.

Banister ends his reign as the Rangers’ skipper with a record of 325-313.