Derek Jeter is still fresh into his tenure as Marlins owner, but he’s already making moves within the organization. Well, we think.
Jeter made several firings by proxy this weekend, firing veteran ownership pieces such as Jack McKeon, skipper of the 2003 World Series team. David Samson, of the Marlins front office, was the one to relay the information from Jeter to the fired.
It’s a strange strategy by Jeter, as many are saying he should have gotten up and broken the bad news himself. It’s disappointing to see Jeter get off to this type of start, but the offseason will be crucial in determining whether or not Jeets has the wherewithal to run a team in need of a shake-up.
Here’s what else is happening around the National League:
The Rockies are Brewers seem to be engaged in the only really interesting playoff race still standing. Both teams continue to drop key games, but these are the two teams that are probably going to be the last two fighting for that last NL Wild-Card spot (St. Louis trails close behind, and Milwaukee plays them in the final series of the season.) Take a look at the link to see what kind of advantage Colorado has in the race, especially for a team that was running away with the division back in the spring.
The Dodgers are officially off their historic slide, but a tough injury figures to shake up their starting rotation for the last week of the regular season. Hyun-jin Ryu took a line drive off his pitching in the third inning against the Giants on Saturday night. Ryu’s x-rays came back negative, but the lefty could miss a start depending on how fast he responds to treatment. Ryu is expected to be ready for the NLDS.
After a scary incident involving Todd Frazier, a foul ball, and a young fan, the extended net debate is alive and well. Here’s my take: Everyone hates the nets until they take a ball to the face. Let’s give safety a chance. Read about the steps a team like the Cubs should take to make sure fans are safe at the old ball game.
Mets fans might see a replacement skipper on the top step of the dugout next season. Manager Terry Collins is almost certainly on his way out, after a disappointing couple of seasons that saw the Mets go from contender to cellar-dweller in just two years. Think about that: this team was in the World Series two years ago! Expect a move early on in the offseason, to give the new guy time to get acclimated to the organization.