With Dave Stewart and Tony LaRussa watching from the stands, two prospects that figure to be a big part of the Diamondbacks' future went to work in the AFL season opener for Salt River. Archie Bradley, the young right-hander struggled, allowing three runs only one earned) in the first inning, allowing four hits and a walk while striking out one in his two frames of work. Battery mate Peter O'Brien went 2-3 with a home run, a walk, and two RBI.
Nine interviews down, two to go. Chip Hale represents the most recent candidate to complete the interview process. It would appear that only Don Wakamatsu and Lorenzo Bundy remain. With the ousting of the Dodgers from post-season play, Lorenzo could be sitting down with LaRussa any day now.
The NLCS and ALCS are both set to kick off this week. Both will feature a Wild Card representative. By eliminating the Angels in convincing fashion, the Kansas City Royals continue their unlikely push towards October baseball. Meanwhile the Giants continue to succeed despite all the reasons they shouldn't even be in the playoffs. A quick glance at my calendar tells me it is an even-numbered year, so the Cardinals might just want to be careful in that series against San Francisco.
Those fans that watched Kirk Gibson's bullpen and game management this season may very well have had an odd sense of déjà vu if they were watching the Washington Nationals get ousted from the post-season on Tuesday night. It would seem that some of Gibson's statistically questionable bullpen tactics rubbed off on his former third base coach and pupil, Matt Williams.
Entirely unsurprising, the list is led by Chicago Cubs' super-prospect Kris Bryant. The Diamondbacks managed to land on the list at number 10.
The GM of the Colorado Rockies has elected to step down. He will be replaced by Jeff Bridich, who had been serving as senior director of player development.
The oft-injured Dodgers' hurler has elected to hang them up after 14 seasons rather than try to undergo an extensive rehab assignment following an upcoming surgery on his left hip. He would have been a free agent.