The Rays are down to their final three managerial candidates — Dave Martinez is not one of them

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The Rays had a bunch of managerial candidates, but they’ve whittled them down to three. With one notable non-candidate mentioned here:

Dave Martinez not being a candidate after so much time as Joe Maddon’s bench coach pretty much tells you where the Rays are regarding the recent past. Repudiation city, I guess.

Cash has been the bullpen coach in Cleveland under Terry Francona. Wakamatsu and Ibanez were/are both in Kansas City, one ending his playing career, one coaching. Wakamatsu, of course, managed the Mariners for a bit a few years ago.

The Rays have said they want to have someone in place before the Winter Meetings. Those start two weeks from Monday.

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.