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SnakeBytes 10/29: Off day? What Off Day?

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While it might have been an off day for the World Series, it was anything but a slow news day.

Bob Melvin pulls a starting Athletics’ pitcher from the game, much like how he pulled himself from Oakland. Stephen Brashear-USA TODAY Sports

(The Athletic) ‘He’s gonna be awesome’: What the Diamondbacks (and the Reds) like in new hitting coach Joe Mather

They say Mather is fluent in the technology and endless data streams of cutting-edge hitting instruction but not a slave to them. He speaks in the modern parlance of launch angles and kinetic chains, but he connects with players based on his own on-field experience. Perhaps most important, Mather has firm beliefs about hitting and isn’t shy about pushing his pupils to meet his expectations while also never forcing things down their throats.

(Times of San Diego) Reports: Padres to Hire Away Oakland A’s Manager Bob Melvin

The Padres are set to hire veteran manager Bob Melvin, luring him away from the Oakland Athletics, MLB.com reported Thursday.

ESPN and The Athletic confirmed reports of the three-year deal Melvin is said to have signed.

The Padres did not announce bringing on Melvin, but MLB said the team should finalize the hire in “the next day or two.”

(ESPN) Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani, Philadelphia Phillies’ Bryce Harper among Players Choice Awards winners

Shohei Ohtani, Bryce Harper, Max Scherzer and Robbie Ray highlighted the list of those who claimed Players Choice Awards for the 2021 season. The awards, announced Thursday on ESPN, are presented by the Major League Baseball Players Association and are voted on by the players themselves.

(The San Diego Tribune) 2021 Gold Glove Finalists

In addition to the coaching changes, the Gold Gloves were announced. David Peralta is the only Diamondback to make the list, which seems about right, if not on the generous side, given how catastrophic our defense seemed at points this season. A couple of other familiar faces made the first cut as well. Goldy is once again a finalist, and AJ Pollock is listed as a finalist in LF