The New York Mets managerial search has turned into a chess match. Alex Cora will manage the Boston Red Sox (I’d bet on it). Bob Geren and Chip Hale are out of the running. Robin Ventura is not interested in managing again. Kevin Long is a possibility; so is Joe McEwing and Sandy Alomar Jr. Remember: If Long doesn’t get the job he may opt to leave the organization, which will leave the team without a hitting and pitching coach.
One year ago on this day Rich Hill and the Los Angeles Dodgers shutout the Chicago Cubs, 6-0, to take a 2-1 lead in the National league Championship series. Five days later the Cubs snapped their historic 71-year drought, beating the Dodgers in Game 7 to return to the World Series for the first time.
But, what a difference a year makes. As you wake up to the news that — once again — the Cubs have their backs squarely against the famed ivy covering the Wrigley Field outfield walls, it is clear the Cubs are not the same team from a year ago.
David Wright watched a 3-2 pitch fly by. The umpire barked strike three. Wright shook his head and walked back to the New York Mets dugout as the Dodgers fired the ball around the infield.
Three innings later, Wright watched from the dugout steps as Curtis Granderson ripped a walk-off home run to give the Mets a 6-5 win over Los Angeles.
It was May 27, 2016, the last time Wright played a major league game.
Pressure reveals the true character of an athlete.
When the game is on the line, no one could hit like Reggie Jackson, David Ortiz or Derek Jeter. When you needed an out, leave it to Mariano Rivera, John Smoltz or Madison Bumgarner. Whether it was shear will, a laser focus or the ability to “clear the mechanism,” each of them rose to the occasion time after time after time.
The Boston Red Sox fired manager John Farrell on Wednesday, just two days after the team was eliminated from the post season by the Houston Astros. Farrell managed the Sox for five seasons (432-378, .533). He led the Red Sox to three 90+ win seasons, including a World Series title in 2013, his first season in Boston.