Ned Yost didn’t reveal his revised lineup for World Series Game 3 against the Giants on Friday, but one thing is certain — designated hitter Billy Butler won’t be in it.
A ballclub’s general manager is often referred to as its architect. In that sense, Brian Sabean has built something enduring in San Francisco, at least as much as the fragile nature of the game’s success allows him to do.
The Royals have endured comparison after comparison to the 1985 World Series champions, but in at least one respect, the current club may have a leg up on the team from 29 years ago.
Throughout the Royals’ frenetic playoff run, one that was void of a loss until Game 1 of the World Series, one comment kept coming up in conversation among those familiar with Kansas City baseball: Buck woulda loved this.
John Hart seemingly has it all. Great family, great golf swing, great clothes, great tan, great legacy in the front-office fraternity. And up until recently, he had great flexibility to enjoy all of these things at his own pace. But Hart also has great baseball insight and a great competitive fire. And these are the traits his good friend John Schuerholz leveraged in convincing Hart to take on this greater role and greater challenge with the Atlanta Braves.
Here are today’s minor moves from around the league… The Twins have re-signed minor league right-hander Mark Hamburger to a minor league contract with an invite to Spring Training, tweets Darren Wolfson of 1500 ESPN. The 27-year-old St. Paul native has had a brief taste of the Majors, tossing eight innings for the 2011 Rangers after the Twins sent him to Texas in exchange for Eddie Guardado. Last season, Hamburger split the season between Double-A and Triple-A, posting a combined 3.69 ERA with 6.9 K/9 and 3.4 BB/9 in 70 2/3 innings. The Pirates announced that they have signed right-hander Josh Stinson to a minor league contract that contains in invitation to Major League Spring Training. The Moye Sports client has big league experience with the Mets, Brewers and most recently the Orioles. Over the past two seasons, Stinson has posted a 4.50 ERA with 18 strikeouts and nine walks in 30 innings for Baltimore
Rockies pitching coach Jim Wright and assistant pitching coach/bullpen coach Bo McLaughlin will not return in 2015, as announced by the team via its Twitter account Thursday morning.
Omar Infante hit a homer, Hunter Strickland started yelling in English, Salvador Perez yelled back in Spanish and both dugouts momentarily braced for a skirmish that never occurred. After the Royals’ 7-2 win over the Giants in Game 2 of the World Series, everyone was still confused.
Omar Infante’s first season with the Royals did not produce the desired results, but he delivered a spark in their Game 2 victory Wednesday night.