In yet another move resulting from title inflation in major league front offices, the Cincinnati Reds have named Dick Williams their new general manager. Former GM Walk Jocketty retains his title of president of baseball operations and will continue to oversee baseball ops for the Reds.
Jocketty described this as part of a “succession plan,” and the 64-year-old Jocketty is expected to step down and into an advisory role after one more year at the helm. Williams, 44, the son of one of the Reds’ owners, could very well ascend once Jocketty steps down.
The Brewers, once left for dead after outfielder Christian Yelich suffered a season-ending injury, defeated the Pirates 4-3 on Sunday afternoon. That, paired with the Nationals’ 5-3 loss to the Marlins, moved them into a tie for the first NL Wild Card. The Brewers are 10-2 since Yelich’s injury.
During Sunday’s game, the Brewers brought a combined perfect game bid into the seventh inning. It ended when Gio González allowed a one-out single to Bryan Reynolds. The Brewers’ four runs came on two Eric Thames homers and an Orlando Arcia homer. The Pirates mounted a rally in the eighth inning, scoring three runs, but Josh Hader came in and slammed the door, getting the final four outs.
The Brewers end the season on a six-game road trip. They will face the Reds for three games before finishing out the schedule with three against the Rockies. The Cubs trail both the Brewers and Nationals by four games. The Mets are 4.5 games back while the Diamondbacks and Phillies are each 5.5 games behind.