Walt Weiss steps down as Rockies manager

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The Colorado Rockies just announced that Walt Weiss had “stepped down” as Rockies manager. The terminology was such because Weiss contract ran out with the season yesterday. So it’s technically not a resignation, I suppose. More of a “hey, let’s not” with respect to talking about the future.

A future which probably would’ve been short if Weiss had not stepped down, as general manager Jeff Bridich had not broached the subject of a contract extension for Weiss, suggesting that the Rockies would’ve fired him. Weiss managed the club to a .437 winning percentage from 2013 – 2016 and the Rockies’ just finished their sixth consecutive losing season. As Ashley noted yesterday, Weiss had reportedly been excluded from some key decisions in recent days, so he likely saw the writing on the wall.

So, there’s a job opening in Colorado. Let the very, very quiet managerial search begin, so as not to distract from the playoffs.

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.