Jon Heyman of CBS and Jim Salisbury of CSN Philly report that the Phillies are expected to announce the hiring of Andy MacPhail “soon” or “within a week or so.”
MacPhail was in charge of the Baltimore Orioles from 2007-11, the Chicago Cubs from 1994-2006 and the Minnesota Twins from 1985-94. He won rings with the Twins, made the Cubs respectable and, though there was scant success while he was still in Baltimore, he did make some moves that turned things around for the franchise eventually, including stealing Adam Jones from Seattle and hiring Buck Showalter as his manager.
As our friend Bill Baer writes over at his day blog, Crashburn Alley, there is reason for Phillies fans to have hope with a MacPhail hire. Specifically, that it may end the era in which the Phillies appear to reject advanced analytics out of hand and, you know, join the 21st century.
Angels star outfielder Mike Trout is done for the year, per a team press release. He’ll undergo surgery to remove the Morton’s neuroma in his right foot sometime over the next week, which will likely require a recovery period that stretches beyond the two weeks remaining in the regular season.
Trout, 28, has been day-to-day with a foot injury since the first week of September. On Monday, he underwent a cryoablation procedure to treat the neuroma on his right foot, but evidently requires further treatment to resolve the issue completely. Per manager Brad Ausmus, Trout ‘tested his foot by running’ on Sunday and found he was still experiencing too much pain to play, prompting his decision to undergo season-ending surgery.
This figures to be the first major setback Trout has seen since his thumb surgery in 2017, but there’s no reason to believe his current ailment will have any substantial effect on his 2020 season. Still, it’s an unfortunate end to another monster campaign by the eight-time All-Star and AL MVP contender, who will finish his 2019 season batting .291/.438/.645 with an AL-best 45 home runs, .1083 OPS, and league-leading 8.6 fWAR.