The Padres are considering Phil Nevin for their managerial job, tweet Scott Miller of Bleacher Report. Nevin, currently managing for the Diamondbacks Triple-A affiliate, also played for the Padres from 1999 through 2005. Per Miller, he is “among those under consideration.” Miller also says that current interim manager Pat Murphy isn’t expected to return.
- The Dodgers have reinstated outfielder Yasiel Puig from the disabled list, the team announced via press release. Puig will man right field and bat sixth tonight. The 24-year-old slugger has battled injury this season. The most recent malady was a right hamstring strain. He’s managed just 306 plate appearances this year. His .256/.324/.440 batting line is solid (112 wRC+) but falls well short of expectations. With the playoffs right around the corner, Puig will have two games to tune up. Manager Don Mattingly doesn’t plan to start him tomorrow, but he’ll be available off the bench, per Bill Plunkett of the Orange Country Register (via Twitter).
- Hisashi Iwakuma looked at yesterday’s start as a normal appearance, writes Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune. Iwakuma, a free agent after the season, says he prefers to remain in Seattle, but he is seeking a multi-year deal. Mariners officials would also like to re-sign him, calling it a priority. Iwakuma had another solid season despite making just 20 starts. He posted a 3.54 ERA with 7.70 K/9 and 1.46 BB/9.
- Newly installed Mariners GM Jerry Dipoto has a busy offseason ahead of him, writes Dutton. The club’s farm system has failed to produce a top talent in recent seasons. For that reason (and others), industry insiders expect Dipoto to lure Angels assistant GM Scott Servais away L.A. Dipoto also has to make a quick decision about manager Lloyd McClendon and build depth. Lengthening the rotation is a stated goal so an extension for Iwakuma appears likely.
Would love for the Giants to sign Iwakuma as a number 3.
I would be making so many inquiries about Puig, the Dodgers seem to really want to do something stupid with him like, trade him. He has the same ISO as last year, and his BABIP dropped by about 60 points. Very easily could have put up similar numbers if not for luck. The bottom line about him is that he’s got a couple more very legitimate MVP-level seasons like last season left in him, yet bad/unfun/racist press seems to plague him worse than anyone else in the league. If he looked like Mike Trout that wouldn’t be happening and the Dodgers would have extended him by now.
It’s my opinion that the Dodgers management needs to invest in a mental coach for him in order to establish his focus and discipline when in uniform.
He gets distracted too easily as I see it. He needs to prioritize his career and ability then execute to yield the results we all foresee of him
That’s double sad for the Pads since what has happened this season is 100% Preller fault. Its no more Murphy’s fault than it was Black’s fault. Preller put the fantasy league team together that very predictably has not performed well. If anyone should be losing their job, it is him.
Preller’s contract was extended through 2019. He’s not going anywhere anytime soon, unfortunately.
Im not buyin what Miller says about Nevin being considered. Thats not true, per say…he said that because Nevin’s name has “naturally” popped up on Padre blogs, becuz ONCE AGAIN, the knuckleheads who cover this team like Scott, are so obsessed with anyone that has a connection to this team as a former player or manager (Black went to SDSU, so you might as well consider him a native too)
Ask me, they need to look COMPLETELY away from the Nevins and Brad Ausmuses of the World. Preller dont know Nevin from a ham sandwich…a GM typically picks a manager thar he has some semblance of history or shared ideology with. So lets not assume Nevin is ‘in the bag’…it would actually make more sense to me if Preller picked Ron Washington, than Phil Nevin…