It’s almost as if Mike Redmond wasn’t the problem in Miami

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Ever since the first week of JenningsMania ended, the Marlins have been pretty easy to ignore. We glance over at Giancarlo Stanton’s insane home runs four or five times a week and then glance away because, while car wrecks can be interesting, the Marlins are more of a broken-down car and those are just boring.

But our friend Old Gator pointed something out in the comments this morning that’s all kinds of fun:

  • Marlins 2015 record under Mike Redmond: 16-22
  • Marlins 2015 record under Dan Jennings: 14-22

They were six back when Redmond was fired. They’re ten and a half back now. Their run differential was -8 when Redmond was fired, now it’s -30.

It’s almost as if Redmond wasn’t the problem in Miami. Or, at the very least, that Jennings isn’t the solution.

Ex-Angels employee charged in overdose death of Tyler Skaggs

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FORT WORTH, Texas — A former Angels employee has been charged with conspiracy to distribute fentanyl in connection with last year’s overdose death of Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs, prosecutors in Texas announced Friday.

Eric Prescott Kay was arrested in Fort Worth, Texas, and made his first appearance Friday in federal court, according to Erin Nealy Cox, the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas. Kay was communications director for the Angels.

Skaggs was found dead in his hotel room in the Dallas area July 1, 2019, before the start of what was supposed to be a four-game series against the Texas Rangers. The first game was postponed before the teams played the final three games.

Skaggs died after choking on his vomit with a toxic mix of alcohol and the powerful painkillers fentanyl and oxycodone in his system, a coroner’s report said. Prosecutors accused Kay of providing the fentanyl to Skaggs and others, who were not named.

“Tyler Skaggs’s overdose – coming, as it did, in the midst of an ascendant baseball career – should be a wake-up call: No one is immune from this deadly drug, whether sold as a powder or hidden inside an innocuous-looking tablet,” Nealy Cox said.

If convicted, Kay faces up to 20 years in prison. Federal court records do not list an attorney representing him, and an attorney who previously spoke on his behalf did not immediately return a message seeking comment.