Juan Uribe will manage the Dodgers for the regular season finale


Dodgers third baseman Juan Uribe will manage the Dodgers in Sunday’s regular season finale against the Rockies, Pedro Moura of the Orange County Register reports. Clayton Kershaw will serve as the team’s pitching coach. Moura clarifies that this is not a joke; it’s actually going to happen.

The Dodgers locked up the NL West title several days ago and the Rockies ceased playing meaningful baseball games months ago, so there’s no harm in having a little fun with the last game of the regular season. Uribe has had another productive season, now in his fourth year as a Dodger. He hit .311/.337/.440 with nine home runs and 54 RBI in 404 plate appearances. He also landed on the 15-day disabled list twice with a strained right hamstring.

Zack Greinke will start on Sunday, so it will be quite interesting if he gets into a jam and Kershaw has to make a trip out to the mound to offer a little advice.

Jim Crane thought the heat over sign-stealing would blow over by spring training

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The Astros’ sign-stealing story broke in November, a steady drumbeat of coverage of it lasted through December and into January, when Rob Manfred’s report came out about it. The report was damning and, in its wake, Houston’s manager and general manger were both suspended and then fired.

After that a steady stream of media reports came out which not only made the whole affair seem even worse than Manfred’s report suggested, but which also suggested that, on some level, Major League Baseball had bungled it all and it was even worse than it had first seemed.

Rather than Manfred and the Astros putting this all behind them, the story grew. As it grew, both the Red Sox and Mets fired their managers and, in a few isolated media appearances, Astros’ players seemed ill-prepared for questions on it all. Once spring training began the Astros made even worse public appearances and, for the past week and change, each day has given us a new player or three angrily speaking out about how mad they are at the Astros and how poorly they’ve handled all of this.

Why have they handled it so poorly? As always, look to poor leadership:

Guess not.

In other news, Crane was — and I am not making this up — recently named the Houston Sports Executive of the Year. An award he has totally, totally earned, right?