David Brown

  • Manny Ramirez almost managed Cubs' Class AAA team Tuesday night

    David Brown at Big League Stew21 hrs ago

    The Chicago Cubs organization raised some eyebrows in June when it hired Manny Ramirez to be a player-coach for its Class AAA teamin Iowa. Team president Theo Epstein earnestly believes, with good reason, that Ramirez will be a positive influence on the kids — despite Manny's reputation for being, well, Manny.

    But did it ever occur to Epstein that Ramirez might have to act as the team's manager if an unlikely series of events happened? Minor-league coaching staffs are much smaller than those in the majors. Usually, it's a manager, a pitching coach and a batting coach. Iowa having Manny as a coach is a luxury, relatively speaking.

    But Manny being manager?! Well, he came darned close to managing on Tuesday night.

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    Thu, Jul 10
    9:35 AM PDT
    Chi Cubs at Cincinnati
    Preview Game
  • Was Rougned Odor's great catch necessary because of Leonys Martin's high-pitched voice?

    David Brown at Big League Stew2 days ago

    The Texas Rangers just might need to become the first team in major league history (probably) to add a voice coach to their staff. The high-pitched tones of center fielder Leonys Martin make it hard for him to be heard by other players on defense — no, really — and confusion sometimes results.

    Take what happened Monday night at Globe Life Park, when infielder Rougned Odor impressively raced into medium center field on a blooper by Jose Altuve of the Houston Astros. Martin appeared to be playing relatively deep and had to run a long way, himself, just to get into position, when Odor came streaking into his path to make a fine leaping catch.

    Replays appeared to show that Martin could have gotten there if needed, but Odor's instincts told him to run out there anyway. Martin did not appear to be calling him off, but even if he did — would Odor have heard him?

    Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram covers the Rangers every day and says, maybe not:

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