Bruce Bochy is the best overall manager; Joe Maddon is the one players would like to play for

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ESPN took a survey of scouts, front-office executives, coaches and media analysts and asked them to pick the best manager in the game. The winner: Bruce Bochy, followed by Buck Showalter, Terry Francona and Joe Maddon.

Maddon, however, won the poll of players who were asked to pick the manager they’d like to play for other than their own. And he won that poll handily, nearly doubling up on Bochy’s second place finish. Tony La Russa got 4%. Perhaps someone should tell the players that La Russa isn’t a manager anymore.

Maybe the best part of the whole thing is the anonymous comments on managers. Like this one:

An NL executive on Scioscia: “He had a lot of success early, and he hasn’t had a lot of success since. I think guys find out that Los Angeles is a hard place to play, because if [Scioscia’s] not signing off on you, you’re not playing there. He has a lot of control. And when you’ve got that much control and you’re not a playoff team and you’re spending that kind of money, the bloom comes off the rose.”

That’s a polite way to put “no one really likes him except his owner and the couple of veterans on his team who are in his favor at any given time.”

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.