In the wake of Monday’s bombshell news, things started to calm down a bit as we all began to really take in the effect of what happened. Meanwhile, the Braves appear to be trying to move on as if things are still business as usual, and there are reports that the front office is firmly leaning towards keeping Brian Snitker on as manager for the 2018 season.
The Braves are now embarking on a search for a new GM, and one of the obvious candidates is former Braves executive and current Royals GM Dayton Moore. However, there have been rumors that if Moore does indeed return to the Braves, he’ll do so as President of Baseball Operations. Meanwhile, John Hart has shown no signs that he wants to give up that role, which means that “GMDM” may not be a thing in Atlanta.
The news from Monday called for an emergency roundtable for the crew here at Talking Chop, so if you want to see what most of us want in a new GM, then this is the link for you.
Speaking of the GM vacancy, according to the people at FanRag Sports, we could see potential candidates lining up for the job. Apparently they’d be willing to overlook all of the other nonsense that’s been going on in an effort to get their hands on what is still a very strong farm system.
“I think they are headed in the right direction,” an executive from an American League team said. “They have a lot of good young pitching in the organization and you’ve seen some of it start to blossom in the major leagues. They also have a new ballpark (SunTrust Park) that should be a cash cow with all the development going up around it. You can win there relatively soon, in my opinion.”
Meanwhile, Washington Nationals GM Mike Rizzo made a suggestion for the Braves — his very own right-hand man, Doug Harris. It remains to be seen as to whether or not the Braves will actually venture outside of their own network for a GM candidate, but this could be an interesting option. Chelsea James of the Washington Post had the report on Doug Harris and what he could potentially bring to an organization as a GM.
The 47-year-old, who fought off blood cancer this year, has long been considered a rising front-office prospect for a GM position — like the one that opened in Atlanta when John Coppolella resigned abruptly in the wake of a reported MLB investigation. Harris was a scout for the Texas Rangers when current Braves President John Hart was the Rangers’ general manager. Hart praised Harris in a 2015 Post article:
“He’d be a very strong candidate if you look at the next wave of general manager candidates,” Hart said then. “This guy has such tremendous character and [a] great family. He brings a field background and scouting background into everything. He understands the whole analytics and creative pieces. But he also has really good feel for players and the game.”
The Yankees are heading back to the playoffs proper after beating the Twins 8-4 in Tuesday night’s AL Wild Card Game. The Twins got off to a fast start by scoring three runs in a relative blink of an eye in the first inning, but the Yankees came back with three runs of their own in bottom half of the frame and their bullpen completely stabilized things going forward. Once that happened, New York’s offense picked up and they were able to put up enough offense to never trail after the top of the first.
Also, Gary Sanchez took a foul tip to the beans. It was morbidly awesome.
When the Angels traded for Justin Upton at the wavier trade deadline, they did so knowing that there was a chance that this would turn out to be nothing more than a one-month rental — a brief rental that would’ve been worth it had the Angels gotten into the playoffs. Unfortunately for the Halos, they missed out on the second Wild Card spot and they could also lose Upton as he’s planning to opt-out. The good news for the Angels is that he enjoyed playing there, so he could just take a pay raise there. He’s still going to be on the market though, so he’ll surely have multiple teams trying to entice him.