The Orioles’ sweep of the Tigers means that if Chris Davis were to play in the ALCS, he wouldn’t be eligible until Game 6. That means that it’s highly unlikely that Davis will make the ALCS roster.
Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun suggested the other day that if Davis could play four games of the ALCS then maybe he would be placed on the roster and the O’s would play shorthanded for a couple of games. But going with a 24-man roster four five games in a seven game series — which they’d have to, considering rosters are locked-in once they’re set for the series — is not a great idea.
The question is if the O’s make the World Series, do they even bother activating him then? At that point they’d have done more than fine without him. Would Buck Showalter want to mess with a good thing?
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.