Buster Posey is dealing with hamstring tightness

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Buster Posey is out of the lineup today due to hamstring tightness. It’s his second game out in a row.

Bruce Bochy says it’s not serious, however, and that by taking today off he’ll get the benefit of tomorrow’s off-day for a three-day rest on the thing and be good to go on Friday. He’s on track to play in the All-Star Game too.

I wish Posey the best of health, but I wish that publicly speaking it was more uncertain. Because one of the best things all week has been seeing Cardinals fans complain about Posey being an All-Star over Yadier Molina despite the fact that Posey is having a demonstrably better season than Molina. If he was maybe questionable for next Tuesday, I’d expect that drum beat to grow louder, to the point where it becomes pleasantly ridiculous.

Royals fire manager Mike Matheny after 65-97 end to season

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Manager Mike Matheny and pitching coach Cal Eldred were fired by the Kansas Cty Royals on Wednesday night, shortly after the struggling franchise finished the season 65-97 with a listless 9-2 loss to the Cleveland Guardians.

The Royals had exercised their option on Matheny’s contract for 2023 during spring training, when the club hoped it was turning the corner from also-ran to contender again. But plagued by poor pitching, struggles from young position players and failed experiments with veterans, the Royals were largely out of playoff contention by the middle of summer.

The disappointing product led owner John Sherman last month to fire longtime front office executive Dayton Moore, the architect of back-to-back American League champions and the 2015 World Series title team. Moore was replaced by one of his longtime understudies, J.J. Picollo, who made the decision to fire Matheny hours after the season ended.

Matheny became the fifth big league manager to be fired this year.

Philadelphia’s Joe Girardi was replaced on June 3 by Rob Thomson, who engineered a miraculous turnaround to get the Phillies into the playoffs as a wild-card team. The Angels replaced Joe Maddon with Phil Nevin four days later, Toronto’s Charlie Montoyo was succeeded by John Schneider on July 13 and the Rangers’ Chris Woodward by Tony Beasley on Aug. 15.

In addition, Miami’s Don Mattingly said late last month that he will not return next season.