Marlins pitching coach Mel Stottlemyre Jr. recently signed a contract extension to return in 2022, reports Craig Mish of the Miami Herald. It’ll be his fourth season in that capacity, as Stottlemyre originally joined Miami over the 2018-19 offseason. The Marlins have brought up plenty of talented young pitchers over the past couple years, with Sandy Alcantara, Pablo López and Trevor Rogers already having proven themselves as quality starting pitchers and plenty more highly-touted arms either at or nearing the major league level. Marlins starters ranked 13th this past season in ERA (4.08) and 15th in SIERA (4.27).
On a personal note, Stottlemyre tells Mish he was diagnosed with prostate cancer in Spring Training. He coached in spite of the diagnosis all year and underwent surgery to have his prostate removed earlier this month. MLBTR sends our best wishes to the well-respected Stottlemyre.
The latest on a some other administrative situations around the league:
- For the first time in a decade, the Athletics are on the hunt for a manager. After longtime skipper Bob Melvin surprisingly signed on to become Padres’ manager last night, Oakland joins the Mets as clubs searching for a new dugout leader. A’s third base coach Mark Kotsay is expected to garner some consideration for the role, reports Jon Heyman of the MLB Network (Twitter link). That’s not at all surprising, since Kotsay has been on Melvin’s staff in various capacities for the past six seasons. The former big league outfielder has long been viewed as a potential skipper, and he’s interviewed with the Astros (for the job that went to Dusty Baker), Red Sox (which went to Ron Roenicke) and Tigers (which went to A.J. Hinch) over the past two offseasons.
- Former MLB closer Joel Hanrahan has spent the past five seasons coaching in the Pirates’ minor league system. The 40-year-old served as the pitching coach with Triple-A Indianapolis this year, and it’s expected he’ll return in that capacity in 2022. Hanrahan tells Rob Biertempfel of the Athletic he’s hoping that work on the farm will eventually land him a big league coaching job. “The goal is to get back to the majors (as a coach),” Hanrahan said. “It’s been a fun five years of getting guys to the big leagues, and now there are a lot of guys in Pittsburgh who would be fun to work with. You’ve just kind of gotta wait your turn and see what happens.” A two-time All-Star, Hanrahan pitched in the big leagues from 2007-13.
- Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com recently spoke with attendees and instructors of MLB’s Diversity Pipeline Scout Development Program. Introduced this year and slated to continue annually, the program’s goal is to increase racial and gender diversity in front offices and scouting departments by fostering a pipeline of talent evaluators. The inaugural event was led by former Braves’ and Pirates’ executive Tyrone Brooks, who now serves as MLB’s senior director for front office and field staff for the Diversity Pipeline Program. Featuring instructors from the A’s, Marlins, D-Backs and other teams, the program included daily classroom instruction over the course of a week, as well as Arizona Fall League and amateur scouting experience for its 29 attendees.
Anderson pulled after 5 innings with a no hitter? Surprising just to fans too stubborn to admit no pitcher should see the order for a 3rd time.
You should actually research starting pitchers from … let’s say prior to 8-9 years ago. Just see how they did third time through thd order. You’ll be surprised. Only a true SABR-geek thinks a .030 increase in BAA is something to panic about.
I’m old school. If a pitcher can’t go 7 innings he’s a punk.
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And you’re the punkiest of punks.
If Storm Davis is not managing the A’s next
Year I’m out
Stottlemyre sharing that much of his personal information is a bit surprising. The consequences of prostate removal are not minor; I hope he does well in recovery while adapting to his altered conditions of living.
Mel Jr. and Todd used to ride their bikes through my neighborhood on their way home from elementary school. I think I was in high school when they lived in my town. Super family the Stottlemyres.
When a guy interviews for the same job for many organizations and continues not to be hired…why jump to the conclusion he is suddenly due to get hired? Isn’t the fact he hasn’t been hired a red flag that he may not be capable of handling the role?
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In Houston’s case they were coming off of the big bad cheating scandal and decided Dusty Baker would help them move past it because of his experience. Red Sox wanted Cora back as soon as his suspension was over anyway, Kotsay had no chance even if he nailed the interview. Oakland’s gearing up for a complete teardown, so it might be the perfect fit for Kotsay. Less pressure to be perfect at strategy when you know the team is gonna suck for the next 3 years anyway.
I like current bench coach Ryan Christenson or hitting coach Darren Bush for the job over Kotsay.
MLB Diversity program should tackle the problem of having less minorities (blacks) playing the game because the 20-round limit and less minor league teams doesn’t allow the raw black athlete a place to play, forcing them to go to college, which many don’t qualify. ManFraud has created a racist system.
We are in a bizzaro world. If a player has talent and skills, nobody cares what color of skin he has or who he sleeps with. Shove your fake virtue of “diversity” just so you can signal to the PC world how “good” you are.
I agree with everything you wrote, if you remove “or who he sleeps with””. Who people “sleep with” is a personal matter and none of our business. But, more importantly, there is One who does care who we “sleep with”; He who created us.
I assumed all players would be “he.” But, thank you. I’m just getting real tired of this crap.
Our two most popular sports, baseball and football, have two idiots as their commissioner. Manfred takes the cake, though. Still trying to come up with one policy change and/or decision made on a major matter (Cheating e.g.) where he ended up standing tall and strong.
As an aside, kudos to the Padres for hiring Bob Melvin. He just might be what the Padres need to overtake the Dodgers and the Giants in the NL West. Right now he’s probably making daily novenas with hopes that all his starting pitchers report fully healthy to spring training. Hurt starters was their undoing in 2021..
Jayce Tingler was the reason the Padres fell apart.
Nah, it wasn’t Tingler’s fault. All was good early on when the pitching was healthy. Went downhill afterwards. No manager can win if you take away his aces. Tatis missing time again didn’t help, but they could have survived that for a few weeks with dependable starting pitching, especially since the bullpen was a strength. True, Melvin has more experience, but if the same fate awaits him in 2022 that cursed Tingler in 2021, he ain’t gonna win anything, either.
Rumors of Tingler losing respect of players in the clubhouse. I would say it’s definitely his fault.
God damn I hate the Padres right now for taking Melvin away from my A’s but he is the PERFECT hire. Brilliant move by Preller.
They said the same thing about Green. The common denominator is Preller.
Has Green gotten any interviews since his time with Padres? Perhaps it’s because Preller was right to part ways with him and he isn’t manager material.
Don’t ever pretend to be informed. Green was hired by the Cubs the very next year.
Wrong. It was on Preller.
Won’t disagree that Roger and especially Rob are morons (Rob is completely incompetent) but I’d throw Silver in that mix as well. Dude is supporting massive human rights violations in China in order to increase revenue all while preaching about social justice. That league is the epitomy of scum.
“Somebody’s bucking for a promotion. Probably that pederast Hanrahan.”
“…I don’t know.”
MLB has a diversity pipeline? Next thing you know they will want to change the names of teams that about 327 people find offensive…..oh, wait.
Yeah the 327 indigenous people left in this country that we American’s didn’t genocide. What’s so offensive about genocide?
Keep banging that drum Chief
Your ignorance is incredible.
It would make sense that as the young arms begin to make it into the MLB in Pittsburgh, Hanrahan comes along. But until they do, wouldn’t it make sense that he continues to refine their mechanics on the farm? Guess it depends on how they progress this spring
Diversity pipeline…. #WokeMLB
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Ron Washington for the Oakland job!