Tag:Bo Porter
Posted on: September 23, 2011 10:19 am
 

Pepper: Kemp is NL's most valuable

Matt Kemp

By C. Trent Rosecrans

They were wearing KEMVP shirts in Los Angeles on Thursday night -- and it's hard to argue with them.

In a season where there was little to cheer for at Chavez Ravine, Kemp's amazing 2011 season was something that never seemed to disappoint. And in the last home game of the season on Thursday, Kemp did nothing to disappoint -- with his mother in the stands, Kemp went 4 for 5 with three doubles and his 36th home run of the season.

And don't look now, but Kemp still has a shot at the triple crown -- he leads the league with 118 RBI, five ahead of Ryan Howard, he's just one homer behind Albert Pujols and he's third in batting average at .326, trailing Ryan Braun (.330) and Jose Reyes (.329).

He's also fourth in on-base percentage (.403), second in slugging (.582) and first in OPS (.985).  He also leads in total bases (335), runs (109), second in stolen bases (40) and second in hits (188).

If you like more advanced stats, according to Baseball-Reference.com, he leads in WAR (9.6) and OPS+ (171).

You may say his team stunk and he doesn't deserve the MVP -- but doesn't that make what he did more valuable? As bad as the Dodgers' season has been, they're still above .500 at 78-77 after last night's victory over the Giants. Andre Ethier had a nice run earlier in the season, but he's hardly been in the MVP discussion along with Kemp, while Braun has had Prince Fielder and Pujols has Lance Berkman and Matt Holliday. Jose Reyes' team has a worse record and Justin Upton can't match his stats. Kemp's not only the best player in the National League, he's also the most valuable.

Historic collapse: No, I'm not talking about the Red Sox or Braves -- it's the Pirates. Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, with a little help from the folks at Elias Sports Bureau, writes that in the modern age of Major League Baseball (otherwise known as "since 1900"), no team  has fared worse after being in first place at the 100-game marker. The Pirates have gone 16-40 since holding first place at 53-47 on July 25. The Pirates' .286 is by far the worst, with the 1977 Cubs coming second. That team was 60-40 through 100 games and then went 21-41 the rest of the way. You never want to be better than the Cubs at being bad.

Like his stature, Timmy likes his deals short: San Francisco's Tim Lincecum tells the San Francisco Chronicle  that he doesn't want to sign a long-term deal that would buy out his future free-agent years. Lincecum is eligible for free agency after the 2013 season.

Master storyteller: One of the great joys of this job is to meet some of the great personalities in this game. With broadcasters, most of their best stories come off the air -- and nobody has more and better stories than Vin Scully. Check out this story about Scully and Don Zimmer. [Los Angeles Times]

See you in San Jose?: Could the A's be the biggest beneficiary of the change in Giants ownership? They could be, and Mark Purdy, who broke the initial story, explains. [San Jose Mercury News]

Ichiro not ichi?: Ichiro Suzuki will likely have his streak of 10 years with at least 200 hits broken this week, and next year he may not be leading off. Mariners manager Eric Wedge is not committing to Ichiro batting in his customary leadoff spot next season. [Seattle Times]

Runs in the family: Raul Lopez, the father of the guy who caught Derek Jeter's 3,000th hit, got a souvenir of his own on Wednesday. [New York Times]

Ax mustache spray: Brewers closer John Axford made this fake commercial. [Milwaukee Journal Sentinel]

How about the American League MVP?: Forget Curtis Granderson on Adrian Gonzalez or Justin Verlander, Robinson Cano says that if he had a vote, he'd vote himself. He doesn't. [ESPN New York]

MVP improves: Last year's NL MVP, Joey Votto, says he did "more with less" this season than he did in 2010 when he won the league's MVP. Looking at his numbers -- and the absence of Scott Rolen in the lineup -- it's tough to disagree. If I had any quibble is it'd be that he did about the same with less. Either way, Votto was impressive and has established himself as one of the game's best. [MLB.com]

Oswalt not done: Although the 33-year-old Roy Oswalt had hinted at his retirement, his agent now says he's not considering hanging them up after this season. It may have something to do with Oswalt looking around at the weak free agent pitching market and seeing he'll get paid. [MLB.com

Porter interviewing again: If the Marlins were dating, they'd just about have to put out for Bo Porter by now. The Nationals' first-base coach is scheduled to interview for the Marlins' manager job soon, the Washington Post reports. Porter interviewed midseason last season when the team fired Fredi Gonzalez and then again after the season. Porter is among the candidates to take over in Washington, too, MLB.com reports

NL dreaming: White Sox starter Mark Buehrle says he's intrigued by the thought of pitching in a new league. Buehrle lives near St. Louis and has mentioned that he'd like to pitch for the Cardinals. Add him to Chris Carpenter, Adam Wainwright and Jaime Garcia and you'd have a pretty good rotation. Of course, the Cardinals do have other financial concerns this offseason. How about Cincinnati? It's a little longer drive to his home, but the Reds rotation could certainly use the veteran. [MLB.com]

Celebrate good times: The Astros announced their plans to celebrate their 50th anniversary season in 2012 with six different throwback uniforms they'll use next season -- including the famous rainbow jersey, one of the best in the history of the game. [MLB.com]

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Posted on: May 23, 2011 11:00 am
Edited on: May 23, 2011 11:01 am
 

Pepper: Bo Porter hoping to manage

By Evan Brunell

EYE ON THE JOB: Nationals' third-base coach Bo Porter knows what he wants, and that's a manager's job.

Porter has been one of the hottest names in managerial circles the last couple of seasons, so he figures to get the call eventually -- perhaps as early as next season. He's built up good experience so far, coaching for two years in the Marlins' farm system before becoming Fredi Gonzalez's third-base coach in Florida. He moved to the same role in Arizona for 2010, becoming bench coach once A.J. Hinch was fired. Porter interviewed for the Nationals' opening in 2009 (that went to Jim Riggleman) and also threw his hat in the ring last winter for the Mariners and Pirates jobs.

One might wonder why Porter's had a hard time snagging that manager's job if he's so highly regarded. That's because it's not easy for a first-time manager to get his break.

“It’s hard for anybody at any level to get their first job,” said Nationals general manger Mike Rizzo. “You have to have the right situation to be the perfect candidate to get your first job. There’s some luck involved, and you have to have that stick-to-itiveness that transcends any time line.”

Porter, for his part, believes being third-base coach is one of the -- if not the -- most challenging assistant coach positions in all of sports, and it's a spot that helps hopefuls prepare for becoming skipper.

“Jim Riggleman can’t jump into my brain and make a decision when the ball is in motion,” Porter said. “The same thoughts it takes to manage a game, it takes to be a third-base coach.” (New Jersey Star-Ledger)

MADOFF SCHEME: The New Yorker comes out with a fantastic article on the owner of the Mets, Fred Wilpon. It chronicles his rise to becoming the owner of the Mets, as well as detailing the scandal that threatens his grip on the team in the Bernie Madoff Ponzi scheme. It's a long article, but worth the read. (New Yorker)

DEEP DRAFT
: Everyone knows the Rays have 11 of the first 75 picks in the draft. But San Diego also has a nice haul, with five of the first 58. That will add a ton of talent from the talented draft into a Padres system already deep in corner infielders. That means you can bet on middle infielders being featured in the draft, along with the crucial center field spot and of course, pitching. (San Diego Union-Tribune)

DRAFTING BEST PLAYER
: The Milwaukee Brewers have two first-round picks and although it would be justified for the Brewers to seek drafting a hitter and pitcher apiece, scouting director Bruce Seid says the club will draft the best available player, period. Milwaukee could stand adding a shortstop to its system. Things get a bit more complicated as the No. 15 pick is due to being unable to sign their first-rounder last year. That means that this year, that pick is unprotected, and the player must sign as Milwaukee would not receive compensation again. That could influence the Brewers' choice toward drafting someone they know will sign. (Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel)

@LOMOMARLINS
: Logan Morrison is quickly emerging as the public face of the Marlins, in no small part due to his large Twitter following, cultivated because of his grounded personality and willingness to engage with the fans. Oh, and it doesn't hurt that he's hitting for a 1.044 OPS, either. (Palm Beach Post)

A-BALL Cardinals
: The Cardinals are bringing their low Class-A affiliate to Busch Stadium Thursday for rookies to get a taste of what it's like to play in a major-league stadium. "I think what happens being in the lower minor leagues [is] the big leagues can feel far away," Low-A pitching coach Tim Leveque said. "I think when you play in a ballpark like that, it gives them a taste of what their ultimate goal is. Hopefully it will motivate them and help them realize there is an end to the rainbow." (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

AHEAD OF SCHEDULE
: Pablo Sandoval is recovering so nicely from his injury that he could be back in a Giants uniform a week or two ahead of schedule. Manager Bruce Bochy says Sandoval could be back in two weeks. S.F. certainly needs his return, as Mark DeRosa is back on the DL and a tandem of Mike Fontenot at short and Miguel Tejada at third will eventually be exposed. (Comcast SportsNet Bay Area via Twitter)

KEPPINGER CLOSE
:Jeff Keppinger could be back by the end of the week after being out since mid-January due to foot surgery. The second baseman will likely steal away the bulk of playing time that has gone to Bill Hall, who has already started losing his job with Angel Sanchez getting more at-bats. Keppinger won't win the starting job outright, but he'll receive liberal playing time. (MLB.com)

BAILEY EN ROUTE
: The Athletics will get their closer, Andrew Bailey, back as soon as this week, as he will ready to make his second rehab appearance Monday night. The 2009 Rookie of the Year had a strong 2010 despite missing a chunk of time to injury. He has yet to make his 2011 debut. (San Jose Mercury News)

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Posted on: November 3, 2010 5:44 pm
 

Pirates down to 2 for manager

The Pirates are down to Clint Hurdle and Jeff Banister as their next manager, Jon Heyman of Sports Illustrated tweets .

On Tuesday, the Pirates received permission to interview Hurdle, deemed the favorite by Heyman.

The Pirates have led one of the most transparent manager searches in recent memory, announcing each of their interviews after the fact. So far, the team has interviewed Eric Wedge (hired by the Mariners), John Gibbons, Dale Sveum, Carlos Tosca, Bo Porter, Ken Macha and Banister.

Banister has spent 25 years in the Pirates organization as a player and coach on both the major and minor league levels. He played one game in the majors, for the Pirates on July 23, 1991. He pinch-hit and singled in his only big-league at-bat.

Banister has managed in the organization and served as the team's interim bench coach last season after Gary Varsho was fired.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: November 2, 2010 12:36 pm
Edited on: November 2, 2010 4:12 pm
 

Marlins to choose manager soon

Edwin Rodriguez The Marlins still haven't hired a manager, but Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post tweets the team could make its hire by this weekend.

Capozzi says it's "likely either Edwin Rodriguez or Bo Porter."

Rodriguez (pictured) was named the team's interim manager after Fredi Gonzalez was fired in June, then when Bobby Valentine spurned the Marlins, he was named the manager for the rest of the season.

Porter was Marlins' third-base coach from 2007 to 09 and started the 2010 season as the Diamondbacks' third-base coach, before becoming the bench coach when A.J. Hinch was fired and Kirk Gibson took over. He was not retained by Arizona.

UPDATE: The Marlins may be taking their time with their manager, but they're reportedly moving quickly on their coaching staff. Juan C. Rodriguez of the Sun-Sentinel reports the team is talking to its former infield instructor Perry Hill. Hill worked with the Marlins from 2002-06. Hill was the Pirates' first-base coach and infield instructor in 2009, but resigned after the season and sat out 2010. Rodriguez says the Marlins are one of many teams to contact Hill.

UPDATE: Porter has been named the Nationals' third-base coach. That would seem to indicate he knows something about which way the Marlins are leaning.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: October 26, 2010 7:34 pm
 

Marlins leaning toward keeping Rodriguez

Edwin Rodriguez Even though former manager Fredi Gonzalez has already gotten another job, the Marlins' search for his replacement is "still at the internal stage,"  team president David Samson told the Sun-Sentinel 's Juan C. Rodrigez .

The Marlins have yet to interview or make any preliminary contract with any potential replacements. Rodriguez cites sources as saying the the Marlins are leading toward keeping Edwin Rodriguez, who was at first the interim manager and then told he'd stay on until the end of the season after a failed flirtation with Bobby Valentine.

Rodriguez and former Marlins third-base coach Bo Porter are the only confirmed candidates.

The team could announce Rodriguez's hiring after the World Series.

"After the World Series is a good time frame for completion to this process," Samson said. "I think [owner] Jeffrey [Loria] and [President of Baseball Operations] Larry [Beinfest] and all of us are being contemplative and making a plan. We've spent a lot of time talking about on-field issues as well."

The Marlins will open a new ballpark in 2012, and the team may be looking for a bigger name than Rodriguez for opening the park in 2011 and punting on 2011.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: October 21, 2010 12:39 am
 

Pirates waiting for Pena?

Tony Pena The Pirates may have their eye on one of the LCS coaches, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review 's Rob Biertempfel writes .

The candidate that could make the most sense is Yankees bench coach Tony Pena, a former Pirates catcher.

The Pirates have announced each candidate after their interviews, but haven't done so since last Thursday.

"The managerial search is an ongoing process," Pirates general manager Neal Huntington told Beirtempfel. "We continue to do due diligence on candidates and are considering additional interviews."

In addition to Pena, the Pirates could also interview Rangers hitting coach Clint Hurdle, Giants bench coach Ron Wotus and Yankees third base coach Rob Thomson.

The Pirates have already interviewed Eric Wedge, hired Monday by the Mariners, John Gibbons, Dale Sveum, Carlos Tosca, Jeff Banister, Bo Porter and Ken Macha.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: October 19, 2010 11:00 am
Edited on: October 19, 2010 12:38 pm
 

Manager roundup: Porter, Blue Jays, McGwire

A previous report had Bo Porter the frontrunner to take over the Marlins, but sources told the South Florida Sun Sentinel 's Juan C. Rodriguez that characterizing Porter as anything but a simple candidate is inaccurate .

Porter has previously worked in the Marlins organization and is considered an up-and-comer, so he may still yet walk away with the job. However, it seems as if Florida is still considering other candidates.

JAYS TO ANNOUNCE MANAGER AFTER WORLD SERIES

Richard Griffin of the Toronto Star says the Blue Jays will hire their manager within seven days of the conclusion of the World Series. Griffin believes that is due to several candidates currently participating in the postseason that have yet to be interviewed.

Sandy Alomar Jr. has been interviewed three times along with a host of other candidates , but Yankees third-base coach Rob Thomson is the most notable of coaches still in the potseason. Thomson is a Canadian, which may help his candidacy.

Other candidates include Rangers hitting coach Clint Hurdle, Yankees bench coach Tony Pena and Phillies bench coach Pete Mackanin.

IN OTHER COACHING NEWS...

Mark McGwire is undecided if he will return as hitting coach for the Cardinals, Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch relays. McGwire is torn because he also wants to spend time with his family.

If he does elect to return, his second season will continue under skipper Tony La Russa, who agreed to return to St. Louis for 2011 on Monday.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: October 17, 2010 7:41 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 10:58 am
 

Report: Marlins leaning toward Porter

Bo Porter
"Hello? Yes, this is Bo. ... Why yes, I would be interested in managing the Florida Marlins!"

The Diamondbacks bench coach could be getting that call soon, according to Joe Frisaro, who covers the Marlins for MLB.com. Frisaro said indications are that Porter, who was the third base and outfield coach in Florida from 2007-09, is the front-runner now that Bobby Valentine turned down the job.

Interim manager Edwin Rodriguez is still a candidate, but hasn't been contacted by the Marlins since the season ended. Tony Pena, Ted Simmons and Jim Fregosi also have been connected to the job.

Porter, just 38 years old, has risen quickly in the coaching ranks. The outfielder played 89 major-league games for the Cubs, Athletics and Rangers and bounced around the minors until 2003. He was a minor-league manager by 2005, and after two years managing at the Class A level, the Marlins tapped him to be part of their major-league staff. He went to Arizona as third-base coach to start 2010, and was bumped up to bench coach after manager A.J. Hinch was fired.

Porter was interviewed by the Marlins about the managerial job in June, when Fredi Gonzalez was fired, but the Marlins decided to stick with Rodriguez to finish out the season.

Porter also has interviewed with the Pirates this month, but it's looking like Miami will be his destination. He has reportedly already been making contact with potential members of his coaching staff.

-- David Andriesen

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