Mike Matheny took issue with Brewers third baseman Hector Gomez on Thursday night

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The Cardinals were in position to tack on an insurance run, leading 3-2 in the top of the ninth inning in last night’s game against the Brewers. The bases were loaded with one out for Yadier Molina, who hit a fly ball to medium depth right field. Brewers right fielder Gerardo Parra picked up some momentum and fired a one-hop strike to catcher Martin Maldonado, who tagged out Jon Jay with plenty of time.

The play was reviewed to see if Maldonado gave Jay a lane — the infamous Rule 7.13. Ultimately, home plate umpire Chris Conroy’s call was upheld and Jay was out, ending the inning. That wasn’t what kept Cardinals manager Mike Matheny out on the field in a discussion with the umpires, however. Via MLB.com’s Jenifer Langosch:

“Their third baseman stood in front of our tagging runner and did jumping jacks,” Matheny said after the game. “That’s the first time I had ever seen that. I’m surprised the umpires didn’t see that, but if they would have, it would have been some sort of interference.”

Replays did show Gomez staring Jay down and shimmying as Parra made the catch. But while Gomez may have been in Jay’s sightline of the catch, he was not in the baseline impeding Jay’s path home.

Here’s video of the play, and you can see Gomez standing in front of Jay about 38 seconds into the clip.

The Cardinals ended up winning 3-2, and Matheny’s offense seems much ado about nothing.

Pirates hire Ben Cherington as their new general manager

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The Pittsburgh Pirates have hired Ben Cherington as the team’s new general manager. They do so after the general manager meetings ended, but better late than never.

Cherington served as GM of the Boston Red Sox for four years, winning the World Series in 2013, but resigned during the 2015 season after Dave Dombrowski was named Boston’s new president of baseball operations. Which was a defacto demotionn for Cherington who, until then, had the final say in baseball decisions. Dombrowski, of course, was fired late in the season this year. Cherington went on to work for the Toronto Blue Jays as a vice president, but was seen as biding his time for another GM position. Now he has one.

Cherington takes over in Pittsburgh for executive vice president and general manager Neal Huntington, who was fired after a 12 years at the helm. Also fired was team president Frank Coonelly. Travis Williams replaced Coonelly recently. While the Pirates experienced a few years of contention under Huntington and Coonelly, they have slid out of contention in recent years as the club has traded away promising players for little return, all while cutting payroll. There’s a very big rebuilding job ahead of Cherington.

The first move he’ll have to make: hire a manager, as the team still hasn’t replaced Clint Hurdle since he was dismissed in the final weekend of the regular season.