Dodgers expected to make decision on new manager by Monday


Buster Olney of ESPN reports that the Dodgers plan to hire a new manager “no later than Monday” — as in, tomorrow.

Gabe Kapler, Darin Erstad, Bud Black, and Dave Roberts were revealed to be the finalists last week. And we can cross a few names off that list because Erstad has taken himself out of the running to focus on family and Black is reportedly joining the Angels’ front office. So it’ll be Kapler or Roberts, unless there’s a darkhorse candidate.

Don Mattingly parted ways with the Dodgers in November and quickly signed a four-year deal to manage the Marlins. He was 446-363 in LA.

Big payroll, big city, big expectations.

Blue Jays clinch playoff berth with Orioles’ loss to Red Sox

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TORONTO — The Blue Jays clinched a postseason berth Thursday without taking the field.

Toronto was assured of an AL wild card berth when the Boston Red Sox beat the Baltimore Orioles 5-3.

If Toronto holds its current position as the first of the AL’s three wild cards, the Blue Jays would open a best-of-three wild-card series at Rogers Centre next week.

“These guys are excited to be in this position,” Blue Jays manager John Schneider said after Wednesday’s 8-3 loss to the New York Yankees. “You’ve got three really good pitchers lined up against a good Boston team, playing at home. So I think it’s more excitement more than it’s nerves or anything. I think the guys are going to come out and be ready to roll on Friday night.”

Toronto became the fourth AL team to clinch a playoff berth, joining division champions Houston, the Yankees and Cleveland. The Astros and Yankees have first-round byes.

The Blue Jays last went to the playoffs in 2020, when they were knocked out with two straight losses to Tampa Bay.

Eight of the 12 berths in the expanded postseason have been clinched: The Los Angeles Dodgers and St. Louis earned division titles, and Atlanta and the New York Mets are assured no worse the wild cards while still competing to win the NL East. The Dodgers have a first-round bye.