Joe Maddon prepared to sit out the 2015 season to find the right opportunity

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Manager Joe Maddon’s agent Alan Nero, appearing on 670 The Score in Chicago on Saturday morning, said that the former Rays skipper is prepared to sit out the entire 2015 season to look for the right managerial opportunity, as Mike Berardino of the Pioneer Press reports.

Nero said, “Joe’s looking for a big challenge. He’s looking for an organization that’s committed to win. If those elements are together and the talent for them is quick, we’ll make it quick. If not, he’s prepared to take a year off.”

Maddon opted out of the final year of his contract with the Rays on Friday. Nero said nearly half of the 30 general managers around baseball got in touch to potentially bring Maddon aboard. The front offices of the Dodgers, Red Sox, Phillies, Angels, and Mets have come out and publicly supported their current managers, squelching rampant rumors. The Twins have baseball’s only current managerial opening, but the Cubs are considered the frontrunners for Maddon’s services.

Nationals’ Strasburg ejected for arguing from the stands

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NEW YORK — A pitcher getting ejected for arguing balls and strikes – on his day off? And, from the stands?

Nationals star Stephen Strasburg earned one of baseball’s most unique ejections – probably ever – in the third inning of Washington’s game against the New York Mets on Thursday.

Strasburg was sitting in Section 121 at Citi Field in this socially distant season because he’s scheduled to start Friday against Baltimore Orioles. He was apparently unhappy with the strike zone of plate umpire Carlos Torres after Austin Voth‘s 2-2 pitch to Pete Alonso on the outside corner was ruled a ball.

Moments later, Torres ejected last year’s World Series MVP, though it took a few seconds to realize who had been tossed.

Someone was heard yelling: “You’re (expletive) brutal” shortly before television cameras captured Strasburg doffing his cap as he walked up the staircase on his way out of the park.

“Sorry, folks – sorry, FCC,” Mets broadcaster Gary Cohen said on SNY.

The usually stoic Strasburg appeared to be grinning underneath his blue mask as he made his exit.