Last night we heard that, before the Orioles-Mariners game, there was a fight in the Mariners clubhouse. At the time all we knew was that Mariners center fielder Dee Gordon had asked reporters to leave, after which there was yelling and the sounds of pushing and shoving and a lot of commotion.
Late last night after the game — which the Mariners lost — Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times reported that the fight was between Gordon and Mariners shortstop Jean Segura. The flashpoint: Gordon missing an easy pop fly in the previous night’s game. Why that led to a fight when the (a) the error ended up being meaningless, as the guy who reached on it did not score; and (b) the Mariners won the game is beyond me, but when you’re coming upon seven months of sharing close quarters and your season is slipping away I suppose anything can set off a fracas.
For what it’s worth, manager Scott Servais and everyone on the Mariners is playing the “what happens in the clubhouse stays in the clubhouse” card, and is saying that it’s all behind them, so we’ll likely never know why this particular error turned into a fight.
SAN DIEGO — Brian Cashman has signed a four-year contract to remain the New York Yankees Senior Vice President and General Manager. The announcement was made during the first day of baseball’s Winter Meetings.
Cashman, New York’s GM since 1998, had been working on a handshake agreement since early November, when his five-year contract expired.
The Yankees were swept by four games in the AL Championship Series and haven’t reached the World Series since winning in 2009. It is the franchise’s longest title drought since an 18-year gap between 1978-96.
Cashman’s main goal during the offseason is trying to re-sign AL MVP Aaron Judge.
Judge hit an American League-record 62 homers this season with a .311 batting average and 131 RBIs. He turned down the Yankees’ offer on the eve of opening day of a seven-year contract that would have paid $213.5 million from 2023-29.
While Judge remains on the market, Cashman was able to re-sign Anthony Rizzo on Nov. 15 to a two-year contract worth $40 million after turning down a $16 million player option.
Cashman has been the Yankees general manager since 1998. He has been with the organization since 1986, when he was a 19-year old intern in the scouting department. In his 25 seasons as GM, the Yankees have reached the postseason 21 times, including four World Series championships and six American League titles.