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Zack Greinke thinks throwing no-hitter would be ‘hassle’


Last night Zack Greinke took a no-hitter into the seventh inning. He quickly gave up a couple of hits and then rain shortened his night, but he’s not disappointed about a lost no-no at all. Why? Because he thinks throwing a no-hitter would be a hassle.

Here he is talking to Zach Buchanan of The Athletic:

There’d be too much attention with throwing a no-hitter, he feels. He dreads the “bunch of nonsense that comes with it.” He dealt with enough of that when he won his Cy Young in 2009. Maybe if he could throw one in complete anonymity – no game broadcast, no postgame interviews, in the middle of Ray Kinsella’s cornfields where he’d be visible only to the saccharinely pure of baseball heart – he’d enjoy it. Otherwise, not so much.

“It’d probably be more of a hassle than anything,” he said.

Anyone who has followed the guy’s career even moderately closely knows that that’s a pretty on-brand Zack Greinke response. He’s just operating with a different set of priorities and assumptions about the world than most people carry and, unlike most people, doesn’t seem terribly interested in pretending he doesn’t. I’ve always found that pretty refreshing about the guy. Which would probably annoy him to hear, but I don’t care.

As Buchanan notes in the article, though, a no-hitter doesn’t seem super likely for Greinke anyway. The guy is just around the plate too much. Throws too many strikes. That’s a key to pitching success but it’s also, inevitably, gonna cause you to give up a single or three even on your best night. Just ask Greg Maddux. He was one of the most dominant pitchers in baseball history but he never tossed a no-hitter because he simply wasn’t too interested in making guys chase a ton of pitches out of the zone.

Maddux did OK with that approach. Greinke has done just fine with it too.

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.