Ben Cherington is out of a job, but he still has his sense of humor

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Ben Cherington is out of a job after stepping down as Red Sox general manager earlier this week, but he still has his sense of humor.

Cherington was on hand as a guest speaker today for the fifth annual Saberseminar in Boston, which benefits the Jimmy Fund. The event is centered around sabermetrics, scouting, and the science of baseball. His job status was obviously the big elephant in the room and he decided to go the self-deprecating route.

Cherington also held himself accountable for some of his decision-making, most notably with the decision to sign Hanley Ramirez and put him in left field. He said the front office “made a bet on the history of what players look like going from middle infield to outfield,” but admitted that it hasn’t gone well. According to Tim Britton of the Providence Journal, Cherington said that he believes some of his failings in the job came as a result of making decisions “in a rush.”

While he didn’t exactly go out on a high note in Boston, kudos to Cherington for being humorous and thoughtful in what has to be a pretty rough week for him. He likely won’t have to wait long for his next opportunity.

Angels’ Pujols passes Mays for 5th on homer list with No. 661

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ANAHEIM, Calif. — Los Angeles Angels slugger Albert Pujols passed Willie Mays for fifth place on the career home run list, hitting No. 661 on Friday night against Texas.

The 40-year-old Pujols connected for a solo homer with two outs in the fifth inning. He sent Wes Benjamin‘s fastball on a 1-2 count over the wall in left field.

Pujols has hit five homers this season. He tied Mays last Sunday at Colorado.

It is only Pujols’ second home run since Aug. 4. He now trails only Barry Bonds (762), Hank Aaron (755), Babe Ruth (714) and Alex Rodriguez (696).

Pujols has one more season left on his contract with the Angels after this year.

Benjamin was the 428th different pitcher Pujols homered against in his career. Only Bonds has homered against more pitchers (449).