Update: the guy Yadi Molina pointed at was a Padres security staffer


UPDATE: I just spoke to a Padres source who tells me that the person in the video at whom Molina was pointing is a member of the security team normally stationed out there. When he moved away it wasn’t because Molina was calling him out, but because he temporarily had to leave his post. He’s normally stationed out in the batter’s eye like that.

10:44 AM: Yesterday, during the Padres-Cardinals game, Yadier Molina pointed to the center field camera well at a guy in a Padres shirt with a pair of binoculars and a walkie-talkie. Molina talked the the umpire about it. The guy soon backed out.

Ted Berg of USA Today’s FTW speculates that Molina thought the guy was stealing signs. Or trying to. Maybe he was.  Maybe he was just doing something else and Molina was just being cautious about it. Who knows? But I agree with Berg that the real story here is that Molina has to be the most observant dude in the world to have noticed that, over 400 feet away while trying to do his job.



Astros assistant GM Mike Elias reported to be next Orioles general manager

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Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that Astros assistant GM Mike Elias will be the new general manager of the Orioles “barring a change of heart.”

Elias, 35, has been the Astros’ assistant general manager since August 2016. He had previously served as Houston’s scouting director and, before that, as a scout for the Cardinals. He was part of the team that came over from the Cardinals when Jeff Luhnow joined the Astros.

If he does take the O’s job his work will certainly be cut out for him. Baltimore was historically bad in 2018, finishing 47-115 thanks to a roster full of expensive, past-their-prime players and an underdeveloped farm system. He’ll have to hit the ground running too, as he’ll not join the team until nearly two months into the club’s offseason, having had no time to assess its needs and personnel. Oh, and the Winter Meetings begin in a little over three weeks.