Last month when Chris Davis received a 25-game suspension from MLB for a positive Adderall test everyone did the quick math and realized he could be back for the World Series or possibly even a portion of the ALCS depending on how things went before then.
But now, because the Orioles swept the Tigers in the ALDS and are in danger of being swept by the Royals in the ALCS, it’s possible that Davis’ suspension could linger into next season. If the Orioles lose Game 4 and are swept Davis would have one game remaining on his 25-game suspension and would serve it on Opening Day next year.
Obviously missing one game next season is no big deal, but the difference between rejoining the team for the World Series and having to sit out Opening Day seems symbolically massive.
At the GM meetings in Scottsdale, Arizona on Monday, Rays GM Erik Neander was named the recipient of Major League Baseball’s Executive of the Year Award for the 2019 season. The Yankees’ Brian Cashman was the runner-up while the Athletics’ Billy Beane and the Twins’ Derek Falvey tied for third place.
Neander has worked for the Rays since 2017 but has operated in his current role since November 2016, taking over for Matthew Silverman who was promoted to president of the Rays alongside Brian Auld.
The Rays had, by far, the lowest payroll in baseball at $53.5 million, according to USA TODAY. Neander’s peers voting him Executive of the Year on the same today the league had to curtail its awarding of a prize belt to the team that suppressed salaries the most in arbitration is… certainly interesting timing.
At any rate, Neander’s Rays went 96-66 in 2019, finishing in second place in the AL East behind the 103-59 Yankees. The Rays claimed the second AL Wild Card and defeated the A’s to earn entry into the ALDS where they lost in five games to the Astros. It was the Rays’ first playoff appearance since 2013 and their regular season win total was second-most in franchise history behind the 2008 team (97).