Big League Stew
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew8 hrs ago
The Major League Baseball regular season has come to an end. For teams that didn’t make the playoffs, fans are usually left wondering one thing: Will your manager survive?
Not all firings take place the Monday immediately after the season ends, but that’s the first opportunity for teams that were “evaluating” situations to make a move. With that in mind, we’ll take you through the managers on a cusp of losing their jobs.
In honor of former Milwaukee Brewers’ manager Ron Roenicke, who was the first manager fired this season, we’ll rate each situations based on “Roenickes.” One “Roenicke” means we think the manager pretty safe. Five means he’s definitely gone.
Before we get into all that, let’s recap some of the managerial news that has already come out prior to the end of the season.
TEAMS THAT MADE THEIR DECISIONSSun, Oct 4Chi Cubs3 - 1MilwaukeeGame Recap
- Kyle Ringo at Big League Stew12 hrs ago
Dee Gordon winning the National League batting title wasn't the only notable news from the Marlins on the final day of the regular season.
Veteran outfielder Ichiro Suzuki finally was able to fulfill his dream of pitching in a major league game when Miami manager Dan Jennings put him on the mound in the bottom of the eighth inning of Philadelphia's 7-2 win.
Ichiro has been lobbying managers throughout his time in baseball, both here in America and in Japan, to allow him to pitch. When he finally got the chance on Sunday, he threw multiple pitches, including a fastball and slider.
He made it through the entire inning, facing five batters. He gave up two doubles, one earned run and did not record a strikeout or walk a batter.Sun, Oct 4Miami2 - 7PhiladelphiaGame Recap
- Kyle Ringo at Big League Stew13 hrs ago
San Diego general manager A.J. Preller didn't wait long after Sunday's season-ending loss to the Dodgers to inform interim manager Pat Murphy that he wasn't being retained as manager for the 2016 season and beyond.
The Padres are now looking for a new manager for the first time since 2006 when Bud Black replaced Bruce Bochy. The padres fired Black earlier this year and Murphy took over after Dave Roberts managed the team for one game.
The San Diego Union-Tribune reported former player Phil Nevin has emerged as a candidate.
Murphy finished with a 42-54 record as the Padres struggled to a third-place finish in the National League West (74-88) ahead of only the Colorado Rockies, who lost 94 games.Sun, Oct 4San Diego3 - 6LA DodgersGame Recap
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew13 hrs ago
Phew! Now that a fun day of Game 162s around Major League Baseball is over, we've got our 10 playoff teams and the schedule for the opening rounds of the postseason.
A few things came down to the wire and baseball's plan to play to start all the final-day games at the same time proved entertaining, as the Texas Rangers won the AL West, the Houston Astros secured the second AL wild card while the New York Yankees and Pittsburgh Pirates both locked down home-field advantage for their play-in games. Here's the entire playoff field.
American League • Kansas City Royals (AL Central champs and No. 1 overall seed) • Toronto Blue Jays (AL East champs) • Texas Rangers (AL West champs) • New York Yankees (Wild Card No. 1) • Houston Astros. (Wild Card No. 2)Sun, Oct 4LA Angels2 - 9TexasGame Recap
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew14 hrs ago
Finally, the Texas Rangers can call themselves the champions of the American League West. And their in-state neighbors, the Houston Astros, they've stamped their postseason ticket too.
On Sunday's final day of the MLB regular season, where every game started at the same time and chaos looked possible, the result was what seemed most likely the past few weeks: The Rangers are going to the ALDS and the Astros are playing in the wild-card game.
After a stunning ninth-inning collapse on Saturday, the Texas Rangers would have far less drama on Sunday against the Los Angeles Angels, who themselves were trying to keep their postseason hopes alive with a win. Butthe Rangers trounced them 9-2, clinching the division, giving the Astros the wild card and eliminating the Halos.
- Kyle Ringo at Big League Stew14 hrs ago
The Los Angeles Dodgers faced no pressure going into the final game of the regular season on Sunday allowing them to have plenty of fun with the day.
While other clubs around the major leagues were fighting for their playoff lives or positioning within the postseason, veteran shortstop Jimmy Rollins stepped into the manager's role for the day while Don Mattingly watched in the background as Los Angeles beat San Diego 6-3.
Ok, Ok, Mattingly might have given Rollins a piece of advice or two such as when he sent Rollins to the mound to take Clayton Kershaw out of the game not long after Kershaw became the first pitcher in more than a decade to register 300 strikeouts in a season.
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew16 hrs ago
At age 27, Clayton Kershaw has already accomplished just about everything imaginable as a major league pitcher.
Now he can add one more impressive accolade to the list after notching his 300th strikeout of the season during Sunday's game against the San Diego Padres.
In doing so, Kershaw became the 34th different pitcher in MLB history to reach 300 strikeouts in a single season. That's according to records dating back to 1901, when strikeouts were first recorded. Kershaw is the third pitcher to reach the mark since the year 2000. Randy Johnson (334) and Curt Schilling (316) got there in 2002 as Arizona Diamondbacks teammates.
- Kyle Ringo at Big League Stew16 hrs ago
Mark Buehrle took the mound on the final day of the regular season Sunday looking for a milestone in what's expected to be the final appearance of a remarkable career.
The aging lefty was pitching on one day of rest hoping to helping the Toronto Blue Jays capture home-field advantage in the playoffs while reaching the 200-inning plateau for a 15th consecutive season. Buehrle is reportedly set to retire after Sunday's game and won't be a part of the playoff roster.
But allowing Buehrle to chase an historic milestone instead of sending a more rested pitcher out for the start proved to be ill-conceived. Tampa Bay jumped all over Buehrle in the first inning, scoring eight unearned runs, including four that came on a grand slam to center field by designated hitter Joey Butler.
Buehrle didn't even make it out of the inning. He was replaced Ryan Tepera, who recorded the third out after allowing a two-run homer to Mikie Mahtook.Sun, Oct 4Toronto3 - 12Tampa BayGame Recap
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew17 hrs ago
Shelby Miller's long personal nightmare is over.
On the final day of the regular season, the Atlanta Braves right-hander finally got back in the win column, snapping a personal 24-start winless streak that dates back to May 17. Believe it or not, he's actually been a good pitcher this season, despite his bad luck in the win-loss column.
For those scoring at home, Miller's last win came three-quarters of the season ago. It's also more than one-third of the calendar year ago. To be exact, it was 140 days ago, which is a long time to go without a victory handshake from the pitching coach. It also goes down as the Braves longest single-season winless streak in franchise history.Sun, Oct 4St. Louis0 - 2AtlantaGame Recap
- Kyle Ringo at Big League Stew17 hrs ago
John Farrell hasn't managed the Boston Red Sox since taking a leave of absence Aug. 14 to battle cancer, but the club announced Sunday, on the final day of this season, that Farrell will return as manager next season.
Torey Lovullo has served as interim manager in Farrell's absence and Lovullo will return to his role as bench coach in 2016. Neither decision is a surprise. Farrell, who recently completed chemotherapy treatments, always was expected back once he felt healthy enough to work again. He is 246-243 in his three years with the team and won the the 2013 World Series.Sun, Oct 4Boston1 - 3ClevelandGame Recap