Yankees president Randy Levine being considered for Trump’s Chief of Staff

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MSNBC is reporting that Yankees team president Randy Levine is being considered for President Trump’s vacant Chief of Staff position.

File that under “Weird, but yeah, I can see that.”

Levine has long been active in conservative politics, spending part of his early legal career in the Reagan administration’s justice department. He was also New York City’s Labor Commissioner when Rudy Giuliani was mayor. He has been known to pen conservative columns, some flattering Trump, though not all of them have been complimentary of the president or his policies.

Running a baseball team — such as Levine even does; there are a lot of cooks in the Yankees’ executive kitchen — is likely nowhere near the job being the President’s Chief of Staff is. My guess is that Levine likewise has nowhere near the level of rigorous executive organizational experience to prepare him for the gig. Indeed, he strikes me as the kind of guy whose secretary has an elaborate filing system tailored to just his level of organizational dysfunction. Maybe I’m wrong about that, but he sort of fits the type.

Then again, President Trump doesn’t exactly fixate all that much on things like “qualifications” for important positions. My guess is that he likes that Levine is kind of a tough-guy type and that Levine has said some nice things about Trump in his presence in the past and that’s all that really matters. It likewise can’t hurt that, like Trump, Levine tends to lie about easily verifiable things.

Does he get the job? Probably not. And I question whether he’d even take it if offered. Being the Yankees’ president is probably one of the coziest jobs around and doing that makes you far, far more money than being Trump’s punching bag in meetings. Added bonus: far less chance of, you know, getting indicted due to being in the general vicinity of what’s going down in Washington right now.

Fun to think about, though.

 

 

Phillies’ Bryce Harper to miss start of season after elbow surgery

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PHILADELPHIA – Phillies slugger Bryce Harper will miss the start of the 2023 season after he had reconstructive right elbow surgery.

The operation was performed by Dr. Neal ElAttrache in Los Angeles.

Harper is expected to return to Philadelphia’s lineup as the designated hitter by the All-Star break. He could be back in right field by the end of the season, according to the team.

The 30-year-old Harper suffered a small ulnar collateral ligament tear in his elbow in April. He last played right field at Miami on April 16. He had a platelet-rich plasma injection in May and shifted to designated hitter.

Harper met Nov. 14 with ElAttrache, who determined the tear did not heal on its own, necessitating surgery.

Even with the elbow injury, Harper led the Phillies to their first World Series since 2009, where they lost in six games to Houston. He hit .349 with six homers and 13 RBIs in 17 postseason games.

In late June, Harper suffered a broken thumb when he was hit by a pitch and was sidelined for two months. The two-time NL MVP still hit .286 with 18 homers and 65 RBIs for the season.

Harper left Washington and signed a 13-year, $330 million contract with the Phillies in 2019. A seven-time All-Star, Harper has 285 career home runs.

With Harper out, the Phillies could use Nick Castellanos and Kyle Schwarber at designated hitter. J.T. Realmuto also could serve as the DH when he needs a break from his catching duties.