The Marlins have lost eight games in a row and are now 0-5 under new manager Dan Jennings, but second baseman Dee Gordon continues to do some cool things. Watch him steal four bases last night against the Orioles:
The four stolen bases tied a career-high for Gordon as well as the Marlins team record, which was set by Luis Castillo on May 18, 2000.
Gordon hadn’t stolen a base since May 4 prior to last night, but he’s now up to 16 steals on the year, which puts him one behind Cincinnati’s Billy Hamilton for the major league lead. While Gordon’s batting average has inevitably begun to fall back to Earth of late, he’s still leading the majors at a .386 clip.
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).