Adam Eaton: “We lost a leader in Drake”

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There are arguments on both sides of the Drake LaRoche matter. As I’ve said: I get it if the team wanted to get the kid out of the clubhouse and I’m sympathetic to the White Sox players over what many of them perceive to be Ken Williams jerking them around. I still think there’s more to it than we know, but the players who have been vocal seem to be genuinely upset about how it all went down and, hey, we all hate it when work stuff goes south.

At some point, however, you gotta just suck it up and do your job. No one died here. Feelings may linger and everything, but at some point you can lay it on a bit too thick.

For example:

Um, OK.

Theory 1: Eaton is really super broken up about all of this and, as any of us might from time to time, is engaging some hyperbole here due to a momentary loss of perspective.

Theory 2: A 14-year-old boy really was a team leader for the Chicago White Sox.

If you’re a Sox fan, you had better hope it was Theory 1 because if it was Theory 2 your boys are in some serious, serious trouble.

Pirates hire Ben Cherington as their new general manager

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The Pittsburgh Pirates have hired Ben Cherington as the team’s new general manager. They do so after the general manager meetings ended, but better late than never.

Cherington served as GM of the Boston Red Sox for four years, winning the World Series in 2013, but resigned during the 2015 season after Dave Dombrowski was named Boston’s new president of baseball operations. Which was a defacto demotionn for Cherington who, until then, had the final say in baseball decisions. Dombrowski, of course, was fired late in the season this year. Cherington went on to work for the Toronto Blue Jays as a vice president, but was seen as biding his time for another GM position. Now he has one.

Cherington takes over in Pittsburgh for executive vice president and general manager Neal Huntington, who was fired after a 12 years at the helm. Also fired was team president Frank Coonelly. Travis Williams replaced Coonelly recently. While the Pirates experienced a few years of contention under Huntington and Coonelly, they have slid out of contention in recent years as the club has traded away promising players for little return, all while cutting payroll. There’s a very big rebuilding job ahead of Cherington.

The first move he’ll have to make: hire a manager, as the team still hasn’t replaced Clint Hurdle since he was dismissed in the final weekend of the regular season.