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Good morning baseball fans! Phew, have these past few days been a whirlwind or what? With the deadline for all qualifying offers behind us, these players now have a week to either accept or deny the $17.M check. We have a lot of deadlines approaching, but fear not, we’ve made a schedule for you to follow along. May the odds be ever in your favor.
Here’s a roundup of what’s going on in the National League Central.
In case you’ve missed a handful of the qualifying offers that have come flying in most of the day, you can check out the complete list here.
The Rangers have declined the club option on LHP Derek Holland.
“The Rangers have officially declined their $11 million club option on lefty Derek Holland, reports MLB.com’s T.R. Sullivan. He will earn a $1 million buyout.”
There is a very clear and present color gap when it comes to those who hold managerial positions in baseball. With only a handful of managers of color in the league, our own Mike Bates comments on what effect this issue has on the game.
“Last year, prior to the hirings of Dave Roberts and Dusty Baker in Los Angeles and Washington respectively, I noted that we were in danger of having fewer managers of color in the game than any time since 1988. Those two, however, joined Fredi Gonzalez, then of the Braves in that small fraternity.
It was improvement, albeit a small one. In a league where 40 percent of the players are non-white, it simply boggled the mind that only 10 percent of the managers were people of color. After all, we’ve seen black and Latino managers win the World Series and Manager of the Year. We’ve leaped so many hurdles. It was strange to see the league losing ground in this regard, and welcome to see them start to reverse a troubling decline.”
Also, here’s Ben Zobrist being the hero we don’t deserve.
The deeper we get into the postseason, the more managers will lose their jobs. Keep up with that game of chess in one place . Send us a thank you card later.
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Today in baseball: On November 8th, 2008, the Brewers hire Willie Randolph as bench coach.