Cubs GM Jed Hoyer took an unusual path to Major League Baseball, working in the admissions departments at two universities before taking an internship with the Red Sox at age 28, David Hough of the Chicago Tribune writes. “Ben [Cherington] said, ’Do you really want to do this? You know it will be a huge pay cut and you’ll be an older intern,”’ says Hoyer. “And I said, ’I don’t care, I’ll look at it as grad school, take on debt for a couple of years and if it works, great. If not, I’ll have no regrets.”’ Shortly after Hoyer joined the organization, the Red Sox hired Theo Epstein as its GM. The two got along and have worked together ever since, with the exception of the two years Hoyer spent as GM of the Padres. Here’s more on the NL Central.
- The Reds’ poor 14-21 start will not be the primary determinant in whether the team keeps manager Bryan Price, GM Dick Williams says in an interview with MLB.com’s Mark Sheldon. “I think Bryan is being evaluated on his whole body of work over the course of three seasons,” says Williams. “There are a lot of things that Bryan is continuing to be evaluated on. Right now, he is totally busy doing what he needs to do day-to-day.” Williams says that the team’s injury struggles (they’ve lost catcher Devin Mesoraco for the season, and have also suffered a number of losses to their pitching staff) won’t cause the organization to deviate from its long-term vision.
- The Cardinals have optioned reliever Seth Maness to Triple-A Memphis, as MLB.com’s Jenifer Langosch tweets. He’s been replaced on the Cards’ active roster by lefty Dean Kiekhefer. Maness was a mainstay in the St. Louis bullpen the last three seasons, but he’s struggled this season, allowing ten runs while striking out just six in 12 2/3 innings. His average fastball velocity has also declined, from 89.5 MPH last year to 87.3 in 2016. Kiekhefer, meanwhile, is in the midst of a second consecutive strong season at Triple-A, with a 1.35 ERA, nine strikeouts and no walks in 13 1/3 innings there so far. He has never appeared in the big leagues.
I’m not a big Bryan Price fan, but he has done a fair job of juggling the worst pitching staff in the major leagues. They don’t have a starting pitcher who can go more than 5 or 6 innings consistently, many SPs are so young they also face innings limits, and the bullpen is a hot mess.
I would take something akin to baseball calculus to get even 75 wins out of this staff.