Tag:Blue Jays
Posted on: October 25, 2010 1:03 pm
Edited on: October 25, 2010 4:03 pm

Eiland out as Yankees pitching coach

Dave Eiland
The Yankees' postmortem meeting with reporters today featured a lot of hemming and hawing and the usual "we'll see" attitude toward most offseason issues, right up until general manager Brian Cashman made a surprising announcement: pitching coach Dave Eiland has been fired.

"I'm not going to comment on what the reasons are. They're private," Bryan Hoch of MLB.com quoted Cashman via Twitter as saying (the news conference is still ongoing). Cashman said Eiland was not being fired due to the Yankees' pitching performance in the ALCS, which the Yankees lost to Texas in six games.

Eiland, who pitched parts of 10 seasons in the major leagues, joined the Yankees organization following his retirement in 2000. He was named major-league pitching coach in 2008. He took a leave of absence from June 4-29 of this season.

"He's not being blamed for what took place [in the postseason]," Cashman said, according to the New York Daily News. "I hope you believe me on that. ... He’s a terrific pitching coach and he should have no problem getting a job."

Eiland had been mentioned as a possible candidate for pitching coach openings in Boston, Baltimore and Toronto, but for him to be fired outright from the Yankees wasn't expected, at least not so quickly.

UPDATE: The Baltimore Sun points out that Orioles pitching coach Rick Kranitz would be a natural candidate to replace Eiland. Kranitz worked with Yankees manager Joe Girardi in Florida for one year in 2006, winning Baseball America 's Major League Coach of the Year Award. New Baltimore manager Buck Showalter has yet to tell any of his coaches whether they have jobs for next year.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: October 25, 2010 9:37 am
Edited on: October 25, 2010 10:39 am

Jays schedule Farrell announcement

The Blue Jays have just sent word that they'll hold a news conference at 3 p.m. today. That's almost certainly in order to announce their new manager, and it's no secret that it will be Red Sox pitching coach John Farrell.

Toronto reportedly settled on Farrell late last week, but had to wait for the end of the last round of playoffs to conclude before they could make an announcement.

UPDATE: Farrell confirmed via text message to WEEI.com that he will be the Jays' new manager.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: October 23, 2010 10:18 pm

Red Sox owner says goodbye to Farrell

Boy, it's going to get really awkward for John Henry if the Blue Jays aren't really going to name John Farrell their new manager. The Red Sox pitching coach has been identified as Toronto's pick by process of elimination, though the Jays aren't talking, presumably because they're waiting on the commissioner's office to give them the go-ahead for an announcement.

But Henry, the Red Sox owner, apparently has some inside information. Asked by the Boston Globe for a reaction to Farrell's departure, he had this to say:


"The Jays are getting a great baseball man and a great person. We were able to keep John as a part of our organization longer than a couple of other teams would have wanted, but it really is time for John to step up to the next level. He will be an effective, excellent manager. I expect him to manage in MLB for as long as he wants to. He's going to an excellent young team with a strong and smart hierarchy. The Blue Jays are going to be a force in the AL East for some time to come.

I am grateful for the years John Farrell gave to the Red Sox. He will be missed."

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: October 22, 2010 6:00 pm
Edited on: October 22, 2010 6:17 pm

Report: Hale eliminated by Jays

Here's the detailed version of how things have developed in the past 24 hours regarding news about the Blue Jays' managerial search, but the short version is this: It looked like it was down to two members of the Red Sox staff, pitching coach John Farrell and bench coach DeMarlo Hale.

Now Sean McAdam of CSNNE.com reports via Twitter that Hale has been informed he's out of the running. So, if the previous scenario was true, that means Farrell is your next Blue Jays manager.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: October 22, 2010 12:27 pm
Edited on: October 22, 2010 4:46 pm

Not so fast: Jays may be eyeing Hale

When Peter Gammons tweeted that three GMs considered John Farrell a fait accompli for the Blue Jays job, many assumed it was all but a done deal.

Except Gammons himself is wondering if he was a bit premature in tweeting the news. Gammons has a new tweet that reports that Toronto GM Alex Anthopoulous is still considering DeMarlo Hale.

Both Farrell and Hale work for the Red Sox -- Farrell has been the pitching coach for four seasons while Hale managed in the minors for the Red Sox and Rangers. He then served as first-base coach for Texas from 2002-04 before moving to Boston for the 2006 season as third-base coach. He remained in that role through 2009 before transitioning to bench coach once Brad Mills left to manage Houston.

A decision is expected very soon and will likely come prior to the World Series beginning play. One thing's for sure: Boston's going to have to replace at least one coach.

UPDATE : Sean McAdam of CSNNE.com hears that Sandy Alomar, Jr. has been told he is out of the running for the job.

UPDATE : Gammons appeared on The Big Show Friday with an update on Toronto's search.

GM Alex Anthopoulous is backing Hale, while assistant GM Tony LaCava and others want Farrell.  A decision is supposed to be made tonight, and the Jays will inform the Red Sox of their decision. It sounds as if Boston is hoping that Anthopoulous goes with his choice over Farrell.

'I think the Red Sox know that it’s going to be really difficult, given the pitching staff, to replace John Farrell," Gammons said. "There just isn’t anybody out there right now. … I don’t really think they know what direction they’re going in when John leaves. I think they’re worried about this. Very worried.”

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: October 21, 2010 10:45 pm
Edited on: October 22, 2010 12:30 pm

Farrell Jays' pick? Maybe

The baseball blogosphere is ablaze with the "news" that Red Sox pitching coach John Farrell is Toronto's pick to be the next manager. But if you look closer, you'll see that it all stems from a single Twitter post by Peter Gammons of MLB Network: "Three GMs today insisted John Farrell will get the Toronto job. The final list was the product of exhaustive, thoughtful due diligence"

Let's not get ahead of ourselves here. Not saying Gammons, one of the most connected people in baseball, is wrong. But this is a Twitter post -- no media outlet anywhere, including MLB.com, for whom Gammons works, has reported this. Blue Jays president Paul Beeston told the Globe and Mail on Thursday that "we haven't made any decision." And which three GMs "insisted"? If two of them are the GMs of the Blue Jays and Red Sox, this story probably has legs. If it's the GMs of the Padres, Rockies and Braves, it's just industry chatter.

So for now, this one sits squarely in the "rumor" category.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: October 21, 2010 4:27 pm

Bautista has surgery for sports hernia

Jose Bautista The story of Jose Bautista is well-known. After never hitting 16 home runs in a season before, the 29-year-old busted out with a mind-boggling 54 home runs.

Can you imagine how much more he could have hit had he been fully healthy?

That's right -- fully healthy . As MLB.com reports , Bautista underwent surgery Thursday in Philadelphia for a sports hernia. According to Toronto, he "tolerated " the discomfort of the injury since May.

That's a mighty long time to tolerate an injury and continue producing at a high level.

Bautista kicked April off with four home runs but went bananas in May, when he suffered the injury, with 12 bombs. He followed that up with another four-homer showing in June but seemed to find a comfort level in the remaining three months, bashing 11, 12 and 11 home runs respectively.

The hernia certainly didn't appear to bother him, now did it?

The surgery generally takes about 4-6 weeks to recover from, so Bautista should have plenty of time to get in shape for spring training. He's entering the final year of arbitration before free agency and should get a major raise above the scant $2.4 million paid out in 2010.

-- Evan Brunell

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Category: MLB
Posted on: October 19, 2010 6:29 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 8:10 pm

Jays' eyes on LCS coaches?

The Blue Jays will announce their new manager within a week of the end of the World Series, Toronto Star columnist Richard Griffin writes .

The list of those interviewed by the Blue Jays keeps growing (it's around 16 or so, it seems), but does that timing indicate Toronto is just dragging it out in order to get someone still involved in the playoffs?

Yankees third-base coach Rob Thomson has apparently been "in the mix" since the beginning, while other candidates include Rangers hitting coach Clint Hurdle, Yankees bench coach Tony Pena and Phillies bench coach Pete Mackanin. Before Game 3 of the Phillies-Reds series, Mackanin told CBSSports.com that he hadn't been contacted by anyone yet.

Thompson is a Canadian, which could help him in the hiring process, Griffin writes. The New York Post reports Thomson has been contacted by the Blue Jays to "break the ice."

Griffin also notes the Blue Jays will insist whoever takes the position keeps pitching coach Bruce Walton on their staff.

Toronto general manager Alex Anthopoulos has said the team will have a manager in place by the winter meetings in December.

UPDATE: Well, scratch that whole Thompson going back to Canada thing -- the Canadian Press reports Thompson, Rays bench coach Dave Martinez, Jays Double-A manager Luis Rivera and Class A manager Sal Fasano have been told they've been eliminated from consideration.

Additionally, the Toronto Sun 's Bob Elliot spoke to Don Baylor, who has been told he's not longer in the running, either.

Right now, Indians first-base coach Sandy Alomar Jr. and DeMarlo Hale, the Red Sox bench coach, seem to be the front-runners.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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