The Rays unveiled eight candidates to replace Joe Maddon last week. Now they’ve introduced two more: Barry Larkin and Doug Glanville:
Larkin’s playing credentials are obvious but he has basically been a broadcaster and studio analyst since he retired. Doug Glanville is an author these days, having penned numerous excellent columns for the New York Times on both baseball and other things. Smart guy, but he hasn’t been inside baseball for a while. I suppose, though, there is something to be said about casting a wide net.
But the Rays have certainly cast it publicly. They have ten candidates in total, all released via social media like this, which just seems rather odd and game-showy for a managerial search. Maybe that makes me a grump or something, but I feel like this is, in some way I can’t put my finger on it, a bit rude to all of the candidates who, in some cases, may prefer at least some element of deniability to all of this.
Also, these graphics remind me of this:
Smarf for Rays manager!
PHILADELPHIA – Phillies slugger Bryce Harper will miss the start of the 2023 season after he had reconstructive right elbow surgery.
The operation was performed by Dr. Neal ElAttrache in Los Angeles.
Harper is expected to return to Philadelphia’s lineup as the designated hitter by the All-Star break. He could be back in right field by the end of the season, according to the team.
The 30-year-old Harper suffered a small ulnar collateral ligament tear in his elbow in April. He last played right field at Miami on April 16. He had a platelet-rich plasma injection in May and shifted to designated hitter.
Harper met Nov. 14 with ElAttrache, who determined the tear did not heal on its own, necessitating surgery.
Even with the elbow injury, Harper led the Phillies to their first World Series since 2009, where they lost in six games to Houston. He hit .349 with six homers and 13 RBIs in 17 postseason games.
In late June, Harper suffered a broken thumb when he was hit by a pitch and was sidelined for two months. The two-time NL MVP still hit .286 with 18 homers and 65 RBIs for the season.
Harper left Washington and signed a 13-year, $330 million contract with the Phillies in 2019. A seven-time All-Star, Harper has 285 career home runs.
With Harper out, the Phillies could use Nick Castellanos and Kyle Schwarber at designated hitter. J.T. Realmuto also could serve as the DH when he needs a break from his catching duties.