Update: The Marlins appear to be going with Jeff Conine, per the latest report.
Marlins third base coach Brett Butler is a candidate to become the Marlins’ next manager, at least on an interim basis, MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro suggests. Frisaro adds that he would be surprised if the decision hasn’t already been made, though the Marlins won’t make an announcement until Monday.
The Marlins fired Mike Redmond as the team’s manager after Sunday’s 6-0 loss to the Braves in which they were one out away from being no-hit by Shelby Miller. Redmond had been on the hot seat for quite a while as the Marlins got out to a 3-11 start before rattling off nine wins in 10 games. They’re currently 16-22, six games behind the first-place Mets.
Butler’s managerial experience has come entirely at the minor league level in the Diamondbacks’ organization. He led the Single-A Lancaster Jethawks in 2006, the Double-A Mobile BayBears in 2007, and the Triple-A Reno Aces from 2009-13.
ARLINGTON, Texas — Yankees slugger Aaron Judge wasn’t in the starting lineup for New York’s regular-season finale, a day after his 62nd home run that broke Roger Maris’ 61-year-old American League single-season record.
When Judge homered in the first inning Tuesday night, in the second game of a doubleheader against the Texas Rangers, it was his 55th consecutive game. He has played in 157 games overall for the AL East champions.
With the first-round bye in the playoffs, the Yankees won’t open postseason play until the AL Division Series starts next Tuesday.
Even though Judge had indicated that he hoped to play Wednesday, manager Aaron Boone said after Tuesday night’s game that they would have a conversation and see what made the most sense.
“Short conversation,” Boone said before Wednesday’s game, adding that he was “pretty set on probably giving him the day today.”
Asked if there was a scenario in which Judge would pinch hit, Boone responded, “I hope not.”
Judge went into the final day of the regular season batting .311, trailing American League batting average leader Minnesota’s Luis Arraez, who was hitting .315. Judge was a wide leader in the other Triple Crown categories, with his 62 homers and 131 RBIs.
Boone said that “probably the one temptation” to play Judge had been the long shot chance the slugger had to become the first AL Triple Crown winner since Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera in 2012.