Buster Olney: The Marlins should hire A-Rod to be their next manager

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Sometimes I think I’m the most masterful troller in the known universe. But then I remember that, sometimes, I’m just playing checkers when others are playing chess. Buster Olney:

Eventually, Miami Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria will grow tired of the Dan Jennings experiment, of having a manager who hadn’t managed before last week . . . The next time Loria considers a change, assuming that conversation doesn’t take place until after the 2015 season, here’s a name he ought to seriously think about: Alex Rodriguez.

I see that and all I can do is say:

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But it’s not crazy! Buster makes a pretty good argument that A-Rod would make a good manager and why, more importantly, he may want to manage. And I’m inclined to agree.

He has an amazingly high baseball IQ, he has shown his willingness and ability to help younger players in the past and, given that he’s something of a pariah concerned with his image and legacy, he may take a lifeline, even one before his contract with the Yankees is up, in order to ensure his future in the game after his playing days. Miami is about the only team that would make sense for him and may, perhaps, be the only place that might give him a chance.

Now, this is by no means a perfect scenario. For one thing A-Rod is still under contract and likely has little incentive to retire in order to manage. And, if the Yankees have the sort of hard feelings toward A-Rod as they seem to have on the surface, they’re not going to gladly and eagerly agree to some buyout scenario where they would still pay A-Rod a ton of money in order to manage elsewhere. If your’e Hal Steinbrenner, you likely take the position that, if A-Rod stops playing, we stop paying. Especially now that he’s shown that he can still play a little bit. And, above all of that, Jeff Loria is cheap and he’s not likely to pay A-Rod big money as an incentive to step away from his deal. Heck, the hiring of Dan Jennings likely has a lot to do with Loria not wanting to add payroll to add a manager.

But it’s a fun bit of speculation and fantasizing, right? I mean, what else were you doing today? At least what better than imagining A-Rod in a Marlins uniform signaling to the pen for a pitching change?

Tyler Glasnow scheduled to rejoin Rays’ rotation

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Tampa Bay Rays right-hander Tyler Glasnow is scheduled to rejoin the rotation at Cleveland after missing nearly 14 months because of Tommy John surgery.

The Rays’ Opening Day starter last year hasn’t pitched this season after undergoing the procedure on Aug. 4, 2021.

“I think we’re pretty confident he’ll be starting for us,” Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash said before the game with Toronto. “This is the first time he’s thrown pain-free in quite some time, so he’s encouraged by it.”

The 6-foot-8 right-hander went 5-2 with a 2.66 ERA in 14 starts last year and is a key addition as the Rays near a wild-card spot.

“Compared to the past, like, three years it feels way better as far as postday and the week leading into starts and stuff,” Glasnow said. “It’s good to have an UCL, you know.”

Cash said Glasnow will throw around 45 pitches in his initial outing, which should allow him to go two or three innings.

“Two innings of Glasnow is still a huge plus for our team,” Cash said. “Like to get three innings. If we do, great. If we don’t, that’s fine, too.”

Glasnow allowed one run, one hit, four walks and had 14 strikeouts over seven innings in four starts with Triple-A Durham.

“I’m really excited,” Glasnow said. “I’m approaching it like normal, staying on routine. Feels normal.”

Glasnow signed a two-year, $30.35 million contract that will delay the start of his free agency by one year last month. He’s making $5.1 million this year and will get $5.35 million next season and $25 million in 2024, which is the first year he would have been eligible for free agency.