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.

Giants sign Darin Ruf to minor league contract

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The Athletic’s Jayson Stark reports that the Giants have signed 1B/OF Darin Ruf to a minor league contract.

Ruf, 33, played parts of five seasons in the majors with the Phillies from 2012-16, enjoying occasional offensive success. He spent the last three seasons in the KBO League in South Korea with the Samsung Lions, reigniting his career. Ruf hit an aggregate .313/.404/.564 with 86 home runs and 350 RBI over 1,756 plate appearances.

Ruf joins an ever-increasing list of players whose major league careers fizzled out, then found new life overseas — Eric Thames and Miles Mikolas are a couple of examples. Ruf will hope to prove himself as a big leaguer once more in spring training with the Giants.