Dan Jennings was shoved downstairs from the Marlins’ GM office to the dugout this year. It hasn’t gone too well and, as Ken Rosenthal reports, the Marlins want a more experienced GM next season.
So where does Dan Jennings go?
Ken Rosenthal reported last night that, ideally, Jennings would go to Seattle. But it’s unlikely that they want him. Or he’ll take the Marlins GM job back, but he wants expanded authority. And that’s bloody unlikely give the presence of Jeff Loria and Michael Hill and David Samson and that gang. No, the next Marlins GM is going to be an old school GM who answers to a lot of people, not a new breed president of baseball ops with a vast kingdom to rule.
So he’ll likely disappear back into the Marlins front office, having really gotten nowhere after this weird season in uniform.
Minnesota’s Josh Donaldson managed to get ejected while hitting a home run.
Donaldson barked at plate umpire Dan Bellino for the second time in the sixth inning of a 4-3 loss to the Chicago White Sox on Thursday.
With the score 2-2, Bellino called a strike when the 2015 AL MVP checked his swing on a 2-0 pitch from Reynaldo Lopez.
Manager Rocco Baldelli came out to speak with Bellino, and Donaldson homered down the left-field line on the next offering. After rounding the bases, Donaldson kicked dirt at home plate as he crossed it.
Bellino ejected him immediately, and Donaldson, realizing he had missed home plate, returned to the plate to touch it and then argued as he kicked more dirt on it.
Donaldson also had argued with Bellino on a 1-1 breaking ball in the first inning that appeared to be high but was called a strike, leading to a strikeout.
“We need Josh on the field, out there playing, and at third base,” Baldelli said. “That’s when we’re at our best. And so that’s really the end of it. I think we can move past it at his point, and go from here.”