Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that the Twins are interviewing Doug Mientkiewicz for their managerial opening after firing Ron Gardenhire earlier this week.
Mientkiewicz played for the Twins from 1998 to mid-2004, when he was traded to the Red Sox to clear a path for Justin Morneau in Minnesota and went on to win a World Series in Boston. He’s currently managing in the Twins’ farm system at high Single-A and made headlines in 2013 for starting a brawl by tackling the opposing manager.
Mientkiewicz retired in 2009 and is just 40 years old, but as more and more teams give big-league managing gigs to recently retired players with minimal experience he’s definitely a legitimate candidate. Minnesota interviewed Hall of Famer Paul Molitor yesterday and is also expected to interview Terry Steinbach to complete their in-house candidates list.
2019 has not been kind to the Seattle Mariners. After starting the year 13-2, the club has gone 41-71 since, earning last place in the AL West. To give credit where credit is due, however, the Mariners were on something of a roll, entering Wednesday afternoon’s series road trip finale against the Rays on a four-game winning streak. However, the M’s lost Wednesday’s contest in very depressing fashion.
Entering the top of the ninth inning, the Mariners trailed the Rays 5-3, but a solo homer by Daniel Vogelbach and a two-run triple by Mallex Smith sent them into the bottom half of the ninth leading 6-5. Manager Scott Servais sent Matt Magill — acquired from the Twins exactly one month ago — to the mound to close out the game.
Kevin Kiermaier greeted Magill rudely, starting the inning by swatting a game-tying solo home run to center field. Magill would then allow a single to Willy Adames and a double to Michael Brosseau before intentionally walking Ji-Man Choi to load the bases with no outs. Tommy Pham worked the count to 1-2 when Magill spiked a breaking ball in the dirt that catcher Omar Narváez had little hope of corralling. The ball skipped away and the Rays walked off 7-6 winners on a wild pitch, a very on-brand sentence for the 2019 Mariners.