Manny Ramirez, Cubs assistant hitting coach?


Manny Ramirez received rave reviews for his work as a player/coach for the Cubs’ Triple-A affiliate this season, so much so that now some people are wondering if the Cubs might hire him to be their big-league assistant hitting coach.

Assistant hitting coach Mike Brumley is the only member of manager Rick Renteria’s staff not being asked back for 2015 and here’s what team president Theo Epstein told Patrick Mooney of about the prospect of Ramirez taking the gig:

I think I’ll wait to answer that. I want to see whether he wants to continue playing or not before I answer that question. … Manny has not decided to retire as of yet. We have a really nice relationship with Manny. He did an outstanding job for the organization this year, and we’re going to continue to stay in touch, depending on what he wants to do with his career.

Ramirez worked with many of the Cubs’ stud hitting prospects at Triple-A and those guys (Javier Baez, Kris Bryant, Jorge Soler) will be a big part of the MLB team next season and beyond, so it’s not as crazy as it may seem.

Astros’ Verlander to have elbow surgery, miss rest of season

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Houston Astros ace Justin Verlander will undergo Tommy John surgery and miss the rest of the season.

The reigning AL Cy Young Award winner announced the news Saturday on his Instagram account in a 1½-minute video.

“In my simulated game a couple days ago, I felt something in my elbow, and after looking at my MRI and conversing with some of the best doctors in the world, we’ve determined that Tommy John surgery is my best option,” Verlander said.

He threw to hitters on Wednesday for the first time since he was injured in the team’s opener on July 24. He threw 50 pitches in the bullpen before throwing about 25 pitches to hitters in two simulated innings.

“I tried as hard as I could to come back and play this season,” Verlander said. “Unfortunately, my body just didn’t cooperate.”

Verlander has been on the injured list with a right forearm strain. He went 21-6 with a 2.58 ERA in 2019.

“Obviously, this is not good news,” Verlander said. “However, I’m going to handle this the only way I know how. I’m optimistic. I’m going to put my head down, work hard, attack this rehab and hopefully, come out the other side better for it.

“I truly believe everything that everything happens for a reason, and although 2020 has sucked, hopefully, when this rehab process is all said and done, this will allow me to charge through the end of my career and be healthy as long as I want and pitch as long as I want and accomplish some of the goals that I want in my career.”


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