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Doug Mientkiewicz was a hometown hero a year ago, a Toledo-born Major Leaguer who returned to manage the Mud Hens to their first division title and playoff berth in over a decade. A year later, he is out as Mud Hens manager, having been dismissed from his post.

Though the Tigers have not formally announced their Minor League managerial posts, Tigers vice president of player development Dave Littlefield confirmed that Mientkiewicz will not be back, as first reported by the Detroit Free Press. Though Mientkiewicz had a year left on his contract, he was not reassigned to another position in the organization.

“We simply decided to go in a different direction,” Littlefield said Thursday.

It’s an eyebrow-raising move as the Tigers prepare for their crop of highly touted pitching prospects to arrive in Toledo next year. Top prospects Casey Mize and Matt Manning are expected to make the jump to Triple-A on their way to eventual spots in Detroit’s rotation, as will third-base prospect Isaac Paredes. They’ll have different leadership in the dugout.

Mientkiewicz, who spent 12 years as a Major League player, joined the Tigers organization on the heels of his old manager, Ron Gardenhire, taking over as manager of Detroit. The move gave Gardenhire a trusted voice on potential callups from Triple-A while bringing in a proven winner in Mientkiewicz, who enjoyed success managing in the Twins farm system. Adding to the appeal was that Mientkiewicz was born in Toledo and lived in the area until his family moved to Florida while he was in grade school.

The pairing drew quick success; Mientkewicz’s Mud Hens won an International League’s Western Division title with a 73-66 record in 2018, earning Toledo’s first playoff berth since 2007. Among the success stories was top hitting prospect Christin Stewart, who hit 23 home runs with 77 RBIs that year, third-base prospect Dawel Lugo, Tigers Minor League Pitcher of the Year Matt Hall and infielder Ronny Rodriguez, who batted .338 with a .923 OPS in between stints with Detroit.

Despite Stewart’s graduation to Detroit, the Mud Hens entered this past season with a prospect-laden roster that included Lugo, prized center-field prospect Daz Cameron, former first-round pick Beau Burrows and starting prospect Kyle Funkhouser. However, though the Hens scored more runs than they allowed, they essentially reversed their record, finishing 66-74 and tying for second in their division.

Minor League managers and coaches usually aren’t judged on wins and losses as much as on player development, notably with prospects. That might have worked against Mientkiewicz. Burrows and Funkhouser, whom Tigers general manager Al Avila publicly touted at midseason as candidates to join Detroit’s rotation, struggled with injuries and inconsistencies. Funkhouser finished with an 8.53 ERA in 18 starts, while an oblique injury ended Burrows’ season early with a 5.51 ERA in 15 starts.

Cameron, whose strong Spring Training put him in line for a potential midseason promotion, batted .214 with 13 home runs and 152 strikeouts in 120 games. Top catching prospect Jake Rogers, who spent the middle third of the season with Toledo, batted .223 with a .779 OPS after a hot start upon being promoted from Double-A Erie. The most notable prospect emergence came from shortstop Willi Castro, who batted .301 with 11 homers, 62 RBIs and an .833 OPS as a Mud Hen, and Lugo, who improved his walk rate while batting .333 with an .859 OPS between calls up to Detroit.

Mientkiewicz has a reputation of being tough but loyal with his players, including prospects. His telling players they’ve been called up to the Majors for the first time can be memorable for the players involved. But he is also honest with players about the difficulty of the big leagues and doesn’t mince words when asked about prospects’ readiness.

“The difference between a Major Leaguer and a Minor Leaguer is like the difference between a T-Rex and a llama,” Mientkiewicz said in June amidst his pitchers’ struggles. “It’s a whole different animal. The attention to detail for most guys who go up is not where it should be. They realize that the mental focus has to be [better].

“There’s a difference between a Major Leaguer, and being a Major Leaguer that you see in October. And that’s what we’re trying to build.”

Whoever succeeds Mientkiewicz will be the Mud Hens’ fifth manager in six years. That successor will not come from within the organization; Littlefield said the Tigers will seek an outside candidate. Erie manager Mike Rabelo was speculated as a potential candidate for promotion, having managed Manning and Paredes at three levels so far, but he will return as SeaWolves manager.

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ST. PETERSBURG — Ji-Man Choi raised his arms into the air as he saw his game-winning hit clear the infield.

There was good reason to celebrate after the Tampa Bay Rays kept themselves in the AL’s second wild-card spot and avoided a series loss to the woeful Detroit Tigers.

Choi’s two-run single in the bottom of the ninth completed a rally from a late three-run deficit and gave the Rays a 5-4 victory on Sunday.

“Pretty exciting moment,” Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash said. “His teammates might have been halfway out there before the second run even came across.”

The Rays trailed 4-1 after seven before coming back with two in the eighth and then the winning hit in the ninth.

Travis d’Arnaud reached to open the ninth against Joe Jimenez (3-7) on shortstop Gordon Beckham’s throwing error and went to second when Willy Adames walked.

The Rays loaded the bases on Mike Brosseau’s one-out infield single before Choi singled to center.

“We kept on going and never gave up,” Choi said through a translator. “We were able to bring back the win.”

Tampa Bay had been hitless in 17 at-bats with the bases loaded since July 26.

Tommy Pham hit a two-run homer in the eighth off Buck Farmer that pulled the Rays within 4-3.

“Good teams find a way to win, and that’s exactly what we did,” Pham said.

Tampa Bay pitchers set a three-game series team record by recording 49 strikeouts, including 12 on Sunday.

Houston holds the major league record of 52, coming against Baltimore May 24-26, 2016.

The Rays lost 2-0 Friday night before winning 1-0 in 13 innings on Brosseau’s single Saturday.

“We competed with a team that’s in a playoff race,” Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire said. “It was in our hands, in our grip, we just lost it.”

Matthew Boyd struck out nine over seven strong innings and Harold Castro homered and had three RBIs for the Tigers, who have a major league-worst 37-84 record.

Boyd allowed one run, two hits and two walks. The lefty has 201 strikeouts in 153 innings.

“It was a big performance by him,” Gardenhire said.

Boyd departed the ballpark before the game ended for the birth of his child.

Castro hit a two-run shot in the first and had a sacrifice fly during a two-run seventh.

Victor Reyes got the Tigers’ first walk of the series leading off the first against Trevor Richards and scored on Castro’s homer.

Detroit finished with three walks, with two coming in the ninth off Jose Alvarado (1-5).

After Reyes had an RBI double, Castro’s sac fly in the seventh put the Tigers ahead 4-1.

Richards allowed two runs, eight hits and struck out six over 3 1/3 innings in his Tampa Bay debut. The right-hander, acquired from Miami on July 31, went 3-12 for the Marlins in 23 games, including 20 starts.

RARE COMPANY

Boyd joined Mickey Lolich (seven times) and Hal Newhouser (twice) as the only Tigers left-handers with 200 or more strikeouts in a season.

GETTING A BREAK

Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera, hitless in nine at-bats with seven strikeouts in the first two games of the series, got the day off.

MOVING AROUND THE DIAMOND

d’Arnaud made his 15th start at first base and also took grounders at third base before the game. He has started 39 times behind the plate.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Tigers: OF Christin Stewart (concussion), C Grayson Greiner (lower back strain) and 1B Jeimer Candelario (sprained left thumb) were all in the Triple-A Toledo lineup for the second consecutive day.

Rays: RHP Tyler Glasnow, who went 6-1 before being sidelined by a right forearm strain in mid-May, will have his first bullpen session Monday. … OF Avisail Garcia (right oblique strain) could be back in the next seven to 10 days.

UP NEXT

Tigers: RHP Edwin Jackson (3-5), a 17-year veteran, looks to win his third consecutive start since joining Detroit on Monday night at Houston. The AL West-leading Astros will counter with LHP Wade Miley (11-4).

Rays: LHP Brendan McKay (2-2) will go against Seattle LHP Marco Gonzalez (12-10) on Monday night.

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The good news for the Tigers is that it would be very hard for things to get worse. In 2019, they lost 114 games for a .292 winning percentage, and only once before in franchise history have they lost more. In 2003, they lost 119 games at a .265 win-loss clip.

After that season, they jettisoned nearly everything that wasn’t bolted down, and they managed to reach the World Series by 2006; perhaps the recipe for the modern-day Tigers should be the same.

From 2003 to 2006, they kept only Brandon Inge and Craig Monroe from their starting lineup on offense, and only Jeremy Bonderman from their rotation. Beyond those three, the players who had the bulk of the playing time changed over almost entirely.

Sixteen years later, the Tigers front office is in a position again where it has to examine who is worth keeping.

What’s on tap this off-season? Check out Forbes’ full MLB off-season preview, with best-case scenarios and worst-case scenarios for all 30 teams.

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Off-Season Priorities
Where to start? At the trade deadline, Detroit took the first step toward rolling over its roster by trading Nicholas Castellanos to the Cubs, but the return they got (minor league pitchers Alex Lange and Paul Richan) is still in question. Lange is a 2017 first-rounder and he pitched well in Double-A in 2019, but he is still a ways off from making an impact on the Tigers pitching staff, and Richan was a 2018 compensatory pick who is still in Single-A.

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Repairing this roster will have to be a multi-year process, and a lot of it will hinge on the development of players like Christin Stewart and Jake Rogers on offense and Casey Mize and Matt Manning on the mound.

The Tigers are a bit hamstrung financially by money still owed to Miguel Cabrera, who is due at least $30 million per year through 2023, but overall the team payroll is low enough going into 2020 that they could be active in free agency if they chose.

Top Priority: Make room for the kids to play and see what you have. Stewart got 416 plate appearances last year and showed flashes of what’s possible. Get him in the lineup every day in 2020. Mize and Manning were brilliant in Double-A in 2019; they’re the future of Detroit’s pitching staff.

Decision Time
The Tigers will have a lot of natural roster changeover this winter. Tyson Ross, Jordy Mercer, Matt Moore, Gordon Beckham, Edwin Jackson, Blaine Hardy, John Hicks, and Daniel Stumpf are all headed to free agency.

Along with that group, Joe Jimenez, Jeimer Candelario, Niko Goodrum, and Spencer Turnbull are entering pre-arbitration in 2020.

There are also a few players left who are worth dangling in the trade market. Matthew Boyd drew interest at the deadline, but he tailed off in the second half of the season, so his value isn’t what it was a few months ago. Daniel Norris is due an estimated $2.9 million in 2020, according to Roster Resource, and then he is due to enter arbitration the following year. Norris turns 27 next April and coming off of his strongest season so far.

Likeliest To Leave: No one. The Tigers traded Castellanos and closer Shane Greene on July 31, and if they were going to deal someone like Boyd, it likely would have happened at the same time as the others.

Hot Stove Agenda
A rotation built around Boyd and Norris can do decently, but after that, the Tigers obviously need a lot of help. The 2019 staff ranked 20th in fWAR as a group, with Boyd, Norris, and Spencer Turnbull as the top contributors. They could supplement this group by going big and pursuing Gerrit Cole or Stephen Strasburg (if he opts out) this winter, but more realistically, they could do well by going a tier below those two and go after Zack Wheeler or Jake Odorizzi. Or, given their history trading with the Cubs, Jose Quintana could be lured away. He has a $11.5 club option for 2020.

The far greater need is on offense, however. The Tigers were dead last in fWAR at -2.6 in 2019, almost six wins above replacement worse than the next lowest team, the Marlins. Despite being traded away in July, Castellanos had the third-highest fWAR on the team. This group needs help.

Top Target: A bat. Several bats. The way the market stands now, Marcell Ozuna is the best option in the outfield, but the biggest splash is at third base in Anthony Rendon. He will easily be the most highly sought-after bat in free agency, but if the Tigers are serious about moving forward, they need to be in on him.

Best-Case Scenario
The past repeats itself, and the 2019 Tigers follow the path of the 2003 group. Back then, they improved by almost 30 wins from 2003 to 2004, and then took the huge step forward in 2006. At the beginning of this decade, they made four consecutive trips to the postseason, including another World Series berth in 2012. Perhaps the beginning of the 2020s will turn out similarly.

Worst-Case Scenario
The Tigers are in bad shape, and far behind not just in the standings but also in their approach to analytics and player development. The bright future possible in players like Stewart, Mize and Manning fizzles if Detroit doesn’t catch up in this regard.

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The Detroit Tigers are a rebuilding team with a plethora of promising pitching prospects. As of a few weeks ago, they also have a director of pitching development and strategies, and a coordinator of player development analytics. Each is a new position within the organization, and both are a step in the right direction. Dan Hubbs was hired to fill the first of those roles, Jordan Wergiles the last.

Who are Hubbs and Wergiles, and what will be their primary responsibilities? I asked those questions to Al Avila during the recently completed GM Meetings.

“Dan came from the University of Southern California, where he was the head baseball coach,” answered Avila. “Before that he was the pitching coach there for 12 years. He comes with a good knowledge of the technology that’s being used now. He understands the analytics that can help a pitcher get better. Basically, his challenge is to set up our pitching system.”

Addressing Wergiles — a recent Wake Forest University graduate who’d been interning for the Tigers — Avila spoke of the organization’s attempts to keep up with an ever-changing game.

“There are obviously some things that your average instructor, or pitching coach… those guys aren’t analysts,” said the GM. “Those guys don’t work with numbers. They work with human beings, so it’s more of, ‘Hey, here is what the numbers are telling us about this pitcher.’ [Wergiles] can be deciphering that to the coaches, so that they can make those adjustments with the pitchers.”

Requests to speak to Wergiles and Hubbs about their new roles were declined by the Tigers.

Avila name-checked another of his new hires — several have been announced — when asked to elaborate on the ramping up of his team’s analytical efforts.

“It’s a full-blown situation where you’re working with strength and conditioning, you’re working with trainers, you’re working with biomechanics,” said Avila. [Director of performance science] Georgia Giblin has got all the gadgets to put on the players, to test them for fatigue and whatnot. Then there is the video and what the numbers from Rapsodo are saying. It’s a pretty involved process. We’ll have all these people working as a unit, with Dan Hubbs in charge.”

That’s on the pitching side. The Tigers have also brought on board a new director of player development whose responsibilities will skew heavily to the offensive side of the ball. Kenny Graham spent the last four years as Milwaukee’s minor league hitting coordinator.

“It’s the same as what led to our pitching changes,” Avila explained. ”Kenny’s expertise is in hitting. He’ll set up our hitting systems, just like Dan Hubbs will be challenged with the pitching. Kenny’s first order of business is going to be hitting, and from there it will spread out to the other areas of player development. We’ll have a system for basically everything.”

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The Oakland A’s have made a notable change. Last month it was announced that Ed Sprague will be replacing Keith Lieppman as the team’s director of player development. The latter had been in that role for nearly three decades.

I asked David Forst how the change came about, and how it might impact Oakland’s prospect pipeline.

“Keith came to me and said, ‘I think it’s time to take a step back,’” the GM told me. “This will be his 50th year with the organization, so he’s entitled to take whatever steps he wants. But he’s still going to be involved — he’ll serve as an advisor to Ed — so it’s as seamless a transition as you can have. It will just be a different look without Keith running the farm system.”

Sprague has been the team’s assistant director of player development, so the transition should indeed be smooth. That doesn’t mean that the department will be run in exactly the same manner.

“Any time there is a different voice at the head of a department, some things are going to change,” agreed Forst. “Ed has already come to me with ideas about managing people, and some of the technology he wants to use. He was really involved in all of our technological exercises over the last couple of years, so I think that’s something he’s going to push heavily. He’ll do some different things within our system.”

Sprague played 11 big seasons after being drafted out of Stanford University in 1988, and later served as the head baseball coach at the University of Pacific from 2004-2015. He joined the A’s player development department in 2016.

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How soon do the Seattle Mariners expect to contend? Jerry Dipoto didn’t answer that question directly, but he did hint at a timeframe during the GM Meetings.

“Through our own intentions, [2019] was going to be measured by what we were doing developmentally,” Dipoto told a small group of reporters. “Much less so than by what we were doing in the big leagues. Our owners understood that. There’s going to come a point in time where that’s no longer the case. I don’t know when that point in time is, but I suspect that it’s sometime in the next year, year and a half. That’s when we believe that our young players will be better prepared for us to go out and add to them.

“Our payroll was about 136 [million],” added Seattle’s GM. “Over the last four years we’ve probably been 11th or 12th in MLB in overall payroll, and we’re probably not going to be too dissimilar from that next year.”

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RANDOM HITTER-PITCHER MATCHUPS

Babe Ruth went 1 for 21 against Gordon Rhodes.

Homer Smoot went 2 for 7 against Charlie Rhodes.

Carlos Pena went 0 for 10 against Arthur Rhodes.

Tuffy Rhodes went 0 for 10 against Ken Hill.

Dusty Rhodes went 5 for 10 against Brooks Lawrence.

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Ashton Goudeau was one of four players the Colorado Rockies added to their 40-man roster this past week. Had that not happened, the 27-year-old right-hander would have been eligible for the upcoming Rule 5 draft, which will take place in San Diego on December 12, at the conclusion of the Winter Meetings.

He’s come a long way in a short time. Twelve months ago, Goudeau was signed as a minor-league free agent on the heels of a 5.79 ERA, which he put up in his first season in the Seattle Mariners system. Prior to 2018, he spent six wholly nondescript years as a Kansas City Royals farmhand.

He found a new level in 2019. Working as a starter for the Double-A Hartford Yard Goats, Goudeau logged a 2.07 ERA and a 2.64 FIP, and more strikeouts than baserunners allowed. He then punctuated his breakout campaign with 13 scoreless innings in the Arizona Fall League.

Asked about the acquisition of the former 27th-round pick, GM Jeff Bridich said that while Goudeau’s track record had been spotty, Rockies scouts liked “some of his measurables,” as well as his sturdy 6-foot-6 frame. It was a matter of adding polish, and Yard Goats pitching coach Steve Merriman provided plenty of it.

“The work he did with [Merriman] put him in a position to throw harder, and to locate his fastball better,” explained Bridich. ‘He’s always had a plus breaking ball. The added consistency, due to the mechanical stuff, and some of the sequencing we worked with him on, have put him in position to where he can be thought of as a guy who could get to the big leagues in the near future.”

The righty now relies on a fastball, a curveball, and a changeup, whereas “he used to be a four- or five-pitch guy.” Bridich said that Goudeau — his repertoire simplified and more-refined — will report to spring training as a starter.

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NEWS NOTES

Renowned baseball historian Dorothy Seymour Mills died a week ago today at age 91. Along with her late husband, Harold Seymour, she researched and wrote the groundbreaking “Baseball: The Early Years,” which was followed by “Baseball: The Golden Age,” and “The People’s Game.” In 2017, SABR established a lifetime achievement award in her name, to honor women’s contributions to baseball.

The Milwaukee Brewers have hired Ed Lucas as their new minor league hitting coordinator. A Dartmouth graduate and former big-league infielder, Lucas spent this past season as a player information assistant with the Phillies. He was featured in Sunday Notes on September 2, 2018.

Kristopher Negron has been named as the new Assistant to Director of Player Development for the Seattle Mariners. The 33-year-old former infielder played parts of six big-league seasons, appearing in 30 games for the Dodgers this past season.

The Baltimore Orioles have hired Eve Rosenbaum as their new director of baseball development. A Harvard graduate, Rosenbaum has spent the past two years as the international scouting manager for the Houston Astros.

Omar Vizquel will no longer be a part of the Chicago White Sox player development system. The former shortstop, and current Hall of Fame candidate, managed high-A Winston-Salem in 2018, and Double-A Birmingham in 2019.

The Yomiuri Giants, a team that has historically eschewed the posting system, have reportedly agreed to post pitcher Shun Yamaguchi. A 32-year-old right-hander, Yamaguchi is coming off a season where he went 15-4 with a 2.91 ERA. More information, including a breakdown of his pitch mix, can be found here.

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The following paragraph appeared in my July 21 Sunday Notes column:

Tim Mayza has appeared in 99 big-league games, all with the Toronto Blue Jays, and has a won-loss record of 3-0. Over the past century, only Clay Rapada (8-0, 152 games) and Buddy Boshers (3-0, 100 games) have more pitching appearances without incurring a loss.

It took all of zero days for the jinx to rear its ugly head. That very same afternoon, Mayza allowed a walk-off home run — on the only pitch he threw, no less — and suddenly his unblemished record was history. Then it was Boshers’ turn. Called up from Triple-A by the Blue Jays on July 31, the lefty suffered his first defeat less than a week later.

Rapada is free from any such jinxes. The former journeyman southpaw threw his last professional pitch four years ago, and is now a coach in the San Francisco Giants organization.

What does he think of his obscure big-league record?

“It’s a crazy record,” Rapada told me earlier this week. “’But I’ve always believed that relievers shouldn’t be judged on wins and losses, or on ERA. If I gave my team a chance to win by keeping us in striking distance, I felt that I did my job. I also had a lot of good relievers coming in behind me, who saved my butt.”

Used almost exclusively as a LOOGY, Rapada threw just 93 innings in his 152 appearances. His splits were striking. Lefties logged a .486 OPS against his deliveries, while righties scorched him to the tune of 1.074. Would he have pitched in the big leagues, which he did for parts of seven MLB seasons, had that role not existed?

“I’d like to think I still would have,” said Rapada, who likened situational-relievers to football kickers. “When I was coming up, that’s all they told me to focus on — getting lefties out. Now that relievers are going have to face three hitters, there will be a need for a different focus.”

There will also be more opportunities for relievers to incur losses, as an increased number of batters faced means more baserunners allowed. Rapada’s record is likely to remain unbroken for a long time.

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A Twitter poll I ran earlier this week asked the following question:

A player is considered elite, a probable Hall of Famer, throughout his playing days. Some years later, to his detriment, value is being measured differently. Is he a Hall of Famer?

The poll received 735 votes, with an overwhelming majority — 73% to be exact — choosing Yes. The result isn’t what I expected, but I agree with said majority. Today’s standards aren’t yesterday’s standards. Moreover, they aren’t tomorrow’s standards either.

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Another Twitter poll I ran this week asked which of Dwight Evans and Larry Walker had the better career. Walker won in a landslide, garnering 87% of the support.

Some of their numbers are quite close. To wit, Walker had 383 home runs, 3,904 total bases, and 68.7 fWAR, while Evans had 385 home runs, 4,230 total bases, and 65.1 fWAR.

Expanding on the above, Evans has a slight edge in doubles (483 to 471), triples (73 to 62), and RBIs (1,384 to 1,311). Walker has a clear edge in wRC+ (140 to 129) and wOBA (.412 to .375). If awards float your boat, Walker has more All-Star berths (five to three), Evans more Gold Gloves (eight to seven).

Which of the former right fielders would I give the nod to? Quite honestly, I think it’s a coin flip. Are they both Hall of Fame worthy? In my opinion, yes.

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At Beyond the Box Score, Sheryl Ring wrote that Roger Clemens doesn’t belong in the Hall of Fame, and PEDs aren’t the reason why.

Baseball America’s JJ Cooper wrote about Major League Baseball’s proposal to dramatically, and injuriously, change the shape of Minor League Baseball.

Who was the greatest first baseman in Kansas City Royals history? Bradford Lee offered his opinion at Royals Review.

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RANDOM FACTS AND STATS

Jose Abreu came to the plate 693 times this year and grounded into a league-high 24 double plays. Yoan Moncada came to the plate 559 times and grounded into one double play.

Nick Markakis has 499 career doubles. Sixty-three players have hit more, including John Olerud and Goose Goslin, with 500 each.

Nicholas Castellanos has 140 doubles over the past three seasons, the most in the majors. JD Martinez has the most home runs (124). Charlie Blackmon has the most triples (28).

Curtis Granderson leads all active players with 95 triples.

The Pittsburgh Pirates have gone the longest with a league leader in RBIs. Willie Stargell led the senior circuit in that category in 1973. (per @JamesSmyth621)

Barry Bonds had 12,606 plate appearances and 5,976 total bases. Stan Musial had 12,718 plate appearances and 6,134 total bases.

On this date in 1953 it was announced that Walter Alston would be the new manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers, replacing Chuck Dressen. The Dodgers were coming off a season where they went 105-49 before falling to the Yankees in the World Series for the second year in a row.

The Dodgers have played in 20 World Series and come out on top six times. Their 14 Fall Classic defeats are the most for any franchise.

Mickey Lolich slashed .110/.215/.121, with no home runs, in 1,017 regular-season plate appearances. He homered his first time up in the 1968 World Series.

Dave Righetti played 16 seasons and had 16 career plate appearances. The first of his two hits came as a pinch-hitter.

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With the Washington Nationals nearing a World Series championship, it’s a good time to remember Hughestown’s Stanley Raymond “Bucky” Harris and his 1924 American League Washington team, the only team to win a World Series in the history of D.C. The franchise — interchangeably called the “Senators,” “Nationals” and “Nats” — was a charter member of the American League founded in 1901.

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Bucky Harris, still living at home with his mother on Rock Street in Hughestown when 1924 dawned, slipped into Washington in January for a party. Unexpectedly, Washington owner Clark Griffith was there and saw Bucky had a black eye. Griffith correctly guessed it was from playing basketball. Furious over his second baseman’s defiance of a no-basketball clause in his contract, Griffith ordered Bucky to quit the game once and for all and go immediately to the Nats spring training site in Tampa with team trainer Mike Martin. Griffith hated basketball, he thought it ruined knees; Bucky loved it.

He was a world class player and believed basketball kept him in shape and was one of the reasons he was considered one of the fastest players in the major leagues when it comes to foot speed and reflexes. When he quit basketball in January, Bucky was fourth in scoring in the New York League at 9.5 points per game.

Griffith had released his 1923 manager, Donie Bush, in October and was looking for a new manager for the Senators. Speculation was rampant in the capital. Washington Post scribe Frank H. Young wrote there were 14 major candidates. Bucky Harris wasn’t one of them.

The day before the new manager’s name went public, there was a leak and Bucky, in Tampa with Martin, got a one-word telegram from friend George Marshall — one of Washington’s leading sports fans who would later bring football’s Redskins to D.C. — “Congratulations.”

Congratulations for what? Bucky thought maybe he had been traded to the Yankees. Later that day he got a telegram from Griffith offering him the Senators managerial job.

“My hand shook and I had to sit down,” Bucky wrote later in a newspaper article. “I knew how a man feels when an unknown relative has left him a fortune.”

Griffith was mocked for hiring a 27-year-old player with only three full seasons of playing experience to manage his team. It was all about money, they said. Griffith could save $20,000 a year by promoting his second baseman and not having to hire an outside manager. Or, Bucky would be a figurehead while Griffith ran the team on the field. The scribes called Bucky the “Boy Wonder” and “Griffith’s Folly” and speculated Bucky, as the youngest manager in baseball history, would be resented by the veteran players.

Bucky admitted he worried about how the veterans would react to him as boss, especially the 36-year-old Walter Johnson, the aw-shucks Kansas farmer, who was the greatest pitcher of the era. He would finish his career with 417 wins, a 2.17 ERA and 3,509 strikeouts.

During the season when Bucky tried to take Johnson out of a game, Johnson would say, “Stanley, let me pitch to one more batter. I know I can get him out.”

Bucky caved early in the season, but, eventually put sentiment aside.

“When I walked to the mound I’d say, ‘I’m sorry Walter, but it’s for the good of the club.’”

Griffith tried explain the hire of Bucky to the Post: “I consider Harris a hard and willing worker; a smart player with a thorough knowledge of the game and I believe that his aggressiveness cannot help but bring results.”

Bring results he did. Bucky led the Senators, 75-78 in 1923, to upsets of baseball’s two best teams, the Babe Ruth-led Yankees and the New York Giants with five future Hall of Famers. The New York teams had faced each other in the three previous World Series.

On Sept. 12, in never-forget-where-you-came-from fashion, in the heat of a pennant race with the Yankees, Bucky brought the Senators to the Wyoming Valley to play a game against his brother Merle’s team, the Pittston Craftsmen.

The Senators clinched the pennant on Sept. 29 with a 4-2 win in Boston with 20,000 fans rooting against their hometown Red Sox, simply thrilled to see the rival Yankees dethroned.

Batting in the first inning, Bucky received a tremendous ovation. In the eighth, he doubled and scored the final run on a single by Sam Rice. The game ended with Bucky turning a double play. After one more meaningless game in Boston, the season ended. Bucky led the league in double plays (100), sacrifices (46), batted .268 and scored 88 runs.

When the Senators got back to Washington, they boarded a caravan of automobiles at the Peace Monument and were escorted by mounted police, the United States Cavalry Band, The Riding and Hunting Club attired in scarlet coats and more to the Ellipse where President Calvin Coolidge waited on a reception stand. A crowd estimated at 100,000 stretched cross the Ellipse to the Washington Monument.

Bucky was escorted to the reception stand where the President gave him a loving cup and a golden key to the capital in a plush blue case. Overwhelmed by the turn his life had taken in a few short years from the coal mines of NEPA to the side the President of the United States in front of a throng of admirers, Bucky made no speech.

Fans, thousands more than could fit into Griffith Stadium, descended on Washington for the World Series. Special trains with 29 extra sleepers came from Buffalo, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Tampa. Fans paid scalpers $50 for tickets, 10 times the face value — the equivalent of $750 today.

The Giants, in their fourth consecutive Series, were managed by future Hall of Famer John McGraw, considered the greatest baseball mind ever. The Giants were the only team in either league to have a .300 team batting average. They led the MLB in hits and runs and were 8 to 5 favorites.

But none of that mattered to Bucky and the Senators. They won the World Series in seven games, with a run in the bottom of the 12th of the final game. Bucky tied for the team lead in hits with 11, scored five runs and hit two homers into the temporary bleachers erected in left field, after having hit one in 144 regular season games.

Bucky pulled off a “beard pitcher” gambit in the seventh game. Bucky knew McGraw did not play rookie Bill Terry against left-handed pitchers. Terry had been 6 for 12 with a home run and triple through the first six games. To neutralize Terry, Bucky started right-hander Curly Ogden then pulled him after two batters and brought in lefty George Mogridge. It worked. Terry went 0 for 2 before McGraw pinch hit for him.

Bucky is credited with inventing modern relief pitching. He was the first manager to bring in a pitcher in the late innings for the expressed purpose of protecting a lead. In 1924, Firpo Marberry filled that role. Marberry appeared in 50 games, leading the league in games finished and saves.

Washinton erupted in a chaotic celebration, shutting down traffic in the capital. In Hughestown, a band led an impromptu parade of nearly every man, woman and child in the borough. They marched from Hughestown through Pittston to a cacophony of church bells, fire engine sirens and mine and locomotive whistles.

In January of ’25, Griffith signed Bucky to a three-year $100,000 contract, the equivalent of $1.4 million in 2019. The Nats got back to the World Series in 1925 but lost to Pittsburgh.

On Oct. 1, 1926, Bucky married Elizabeth Sutherland, the daughter of a West Virginia Senator. President Coolidge was a guest. Bucky surprised this wife with the keys to a new home on Wyoming Avenue, known as Senator’s Row. Their next door neighbor was former president and Chief Justice of the Supreme Court William Howard Taft.

So by 1926 there seemingly was two men named Harris: Stanley Raymond, the mild-mannered, manicured gentlemanly manager who sailed to Europe for his honeymoon and moved in Washington high society; and Bucky, the uneducated, tough little baseball player from Hughestown with dirt under his fingernails who took no quarter from any man between the lines.

By 1929, the Stanley Raymond Harris had moved on the manage the Detroit Tigers beginning an odyssey that would take him to seven cities over a 50-year career as a player, manager and general manager.

But the Bucky Harris never faded away. He always stayed true to his roots in Hughestown, coming back to visit friends and relatives and in 1977 to be buried. He lies in the cemetery at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church where he played his first baseball with the Sunday school team.

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The Detroit Tigers added six players to the 40-man roster yesterday to protect them from the Rule 5 Draft that takes place in December.
An article on the Free Press revealed that the Detroit Tigers added six players to the 40-man roster yesterday to protect them from the Rule 5 Draft. The draft takes place in December, but the deadline for protection was yesterday. Here are the players they chose to protect.

Isaac Paredes
Paredes has exceeded all expectations at the age of 20, and as expected, he was added to the 40-man roster. There is speculation that he might make an appearance in the big leagues as early as next year, assuming he continues his strong performance. Paredes most recently appeared in the Mexican Pacific League where he has hit .306 over 16 games with two home runs.

Burrows was expected to appear in Detroit in 2019 but had a poor season in Toledo. Nonetheless, he clearly has potential as a pitcher and Detroit doesn’t want to risk losing him to the Rule 5 Draft. He just turned 23 a few months ago and has plenty of time to develop into a solid player. His 5.51 ERA wasn’t pretty last year, but don’t chalk him off just yet.

Kyle Funkhouser
Like Burrows, Funkhouser was expected to pitch in Detroit at some point in 2019 but performed miserably in the minors. Funkhouser is a little older, at 25, but Detroit still believes he could be valuable. He had an 8.53 ERA in Toledo but was able to post a 1.90 ERA in Erie over four starts. Hopefully, for his sake, he can get it together in 2020.

Daz Cameron
Cameron came over from Houston as part of the Verlander trade. Detroit had high hopes for him coming into the 2019 season, but he was never able to get it going in Toledo. Nonetheless, the 22-year-old has plenty of time to grow and develop into a reliable outfielder. After hitting .214 over 120 games in Toledo, Cameron is getting off on the right foot in the Puerto Rican Winter League, starting the season with a .417 average over 13 plate appearances.

Anthony Castro
Castro showed a lot of improvement from 2018 where he had a 8.10 ERA over three appearances in Erie to 2019 where he held a 4.40 ERA over 27 appearances. Castro is already 24-years-old but if he is able to continue improving he could see success as a late bloomer. This is what the Tigers will be counting on.

Derek Hill
Hill was a first-round pick in 2014 and has taken some time to develop. Detroit clearly still believes in him though, and he did hit 14 home runs last season in the minors. He could develop into a reliable outfielder with some power, and that’s what Detroit is banking on by keeping him.

The Detroit Tigers now have 39 players on the 40-man roster, leaving one spot open to draft someone with their pick in the upcoming Rule 5 Draft. The Tigers took Victor Reyes in 2017, who looked extremely promising in 2019, so it will be interesting to see who they decide to go with this year.

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No matter which team wins the World Series in the next few days, baseball’s offseason will officially begin later this week — and with it, the trade rumors and free-agent speculations that usually help fans through each winter. The Tigers won’t be at the top of those conversations, but they’ll be entering a new stage of their rebuilding phase, with prospects now either nearing Detroit’s doorstep or breaking into the big leagues. The veteran acquisitions should eventually be meant as supplements for the young talent, rather than simply placeholders for them.

On to questions:

Nick Ramirez was a big surprise to me not being kept on 40 man. Did something regress during season that I did not see? Guy ate some valuable innings

— Michael Siffer (@SifferMichael) October 28, 2019
In past years, Nick Ramirez probably would have been safe on the Tigers’ 40-man roster. He filled a versatile role in the bullpen, progressing from innings-eating long reliever to a late-inning lefty. His numbers were up and down — a .689 OPS allowed in July, then .939 in August, then .622 in limited work in September.

But the Tigers are at a different stage than they were when they would have protected pitchers like Ramirez. With several prospects needing to be added to the 40-man roster to be protected from the Rule 5 Draft, Detroit is finally at a point where the front office needs to make tough decisions. Compared to such other relievers on the 40-man roster as Tyler Alexander, Matt Hall and David McKay, Ramirez’s age of 30 worked against him. And though Jose Cisnero is four months older, the Tigers liked his higher strikeout rate.

I would not be surprised to see the Tigers try to bring Ramirez back on a non-roster invitation.

Any early thoughts on maybe what one year veteran deals they might look at this season? I assume they’ll continue doing so while they rebuild

— Matt Mundy (@BOOfessorMundy) October 28, 2019
Tigers front office members and scouts spent the weekend meeting in Lakeland, Fla., to go over offseason plans. The one expectation is that they’ll look for a run producer to supplement a lineup that, by season’s end, had no proven hitters past Miguel Cabrera. The logical fits are either a first baseman or a corner outfielder. Like the last two years, the Tigers won’t be active at the top end of the market but will be looking for rebound types.

One free agent who could be interesting is former Blue Jays first baseman Justin Smoak, a switch-hitter two years removed from a 38-homer season in Toronto. He batted just .208 this year but posted a .342 on-base percentage thanks to 79 walks in 500 plate appearances, his third straight season with at least 73 walks. Smoak batted just .223 on balls in play this year, 43 points below his career BABIP, but his expected weighted on-base average and expected slugging percentage were both in the top quarter of big league players, according to Statcast. Even as he nears his 33rd birthday, he’s a strong rebound candidate, the kind the Tigers need to target. But he’s strong enough that other teams in better situations could target him, too.

Thoughts on a possible Curtis Granderson reunion?

— Evan (@Evan_19950) October 28, 2019
I would love to see it happen, though I wouldn’t bank on it. Besides bringing his career full circle at age 38, Curtis Granderson brings the kind of clubhouse presence and leadership the Tigers badly need. His productivity at the plate has not been good, including a .172 average and .603 OPS against right-handers this year and, against all pitching, nearly as many strikeouts (98) as hits and walks combined (99). The Tigers have had chances to pursue Granderson the last couple years and passed.

What’s the latest on the Tigers analytics department? Are they still expanding it?

— Nathan Rimmington (@nrimmo11) October 28, 2019
The Tigers have expanded their analytics department each year since Al Avila took over as general manager in 2015. It was up to 14 people this year, and manager Ron Gardenhire indicated at season’s end that they’re adding more folks. The Tigers have invested in such tools for player development as high-speed cameras, pressure plates and swing trackers, and they’ve partnered with the University of Michigan’s Exercise and Sport Science Initiative to complement that. They’ve spent four years feeding Caesar, their database of analytical, scouting and medical data. They’ve done a ton to move toward analytics.

So far, the Tigers face a recurring problem on the analytics front: Every team is in on it, and most of them enjoyed a significant head start. For all Detroit is doing, other teams also are advancing, meaning Detroit is still playing catch-up according to many outside the organization. If and when the Tigers catch up, simply doing the same thing as everyone else isn’t going to gain to edge, at least in terms of player acquisition. The initial purpose of the analytics revolution was to identify market inefficiencies that others were missing. When every team does the same thing and reaches the same evaluation, there’s a risk of groupthink. The Tigers need a creative edge, a distinguishing factor.

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IRON MOUNTAIN — As many as eight teams, including defending champion Fox Cities, will compete at this weekend’s U.P. Hardball Classic at LiUNA-Ranger Field in Iron Mountain.

“The field is immaculate right now,” said tournament official Ed Felten. “It’s the last big tournament of the year.”

In 2018, Iron Mountain native Jacob Husing scored the winning run for Fox Cities in its 3-2 championship win over Langsdorf. Fox Cities has won seven of the past eight titles.

Langsdorf, which won in 2016, also returns. Several other Michigan and Wisconsin teams round out the field, including an Iron Mountain squad.

There will be three days of games starting Saturday, with the Labor Day championship tentatively set for 2 p.m.

Mark “The Bird” Fidrych grooms the mound at the 1983 Upper Peninsula Hardball Championship in Felch.

“They plan on this all summer long,” said tournament patriarch Dewey Solberg. “It’s gotten to be a big event for the participants.”

The wood bat tourney began in Felch in 1972 as a fundraiser for the Rangers baseball team.

It was dominated by Channing in its early years but took a turn in 1981 when retired Detroit Tigers star John Hiller took the mound for Felch. Hiller’s appearance led the hosts to the title and was “a big thrill,” Solberg recalled.

It got crazier two years later when Hiller persuaded Tigers legend Mark “The Bird” Fidrych to join the Felch roster. “People were calling from Detroit,” Solberg said. “They were asking ‘Do you have a Holiday Inn in Felch?’”

Felch and Ionia shared the 1983 title when rain washed out the championship. But both Hiller, now a longtime Dickinson County resident, and the late Fidrych pitched victories.

This marks the second year of the storied tournament’s move to Iron Mountain.

“We’re looking forward to seeing our friends and also making new ones,” said Dek Forstrom, a key volunteer along with Paul Julian.

“Really the (LiUNA) union has been big in a lot of respects in improving the field,” Forstrom added. New dugouts, bleachers, fence line, tables and benches are among the additions.

“The tournament is solely held to help baseball in the area,” said Felten, who helped revive Iron Mountain High School’s program and is active with local youth leagues. “It’s really good baseball,” he said.

Labor Day weekend baseball is also expected to return to Felch this year after a one-year hiatus.

If dual tournaments prove successful, organizers hope a championship game can take place at rotating sites.

“We just want more baseball,” said Forstrom.

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If you’re holding out hope that some of the young players who were part of the Detroit Tigers’ 114-loss season in 2019 are on the verge of turning a corner in 2020, you should probably stop reading now.

The future — the immediate future, anyway — is not very bright.

That’s the opinion of the freshly released Steamer projections at Fangraphs.

As always, any projection system is only a best guess using available data and can’t account for all the individual improvements, adjustments and changes that players make from year to year.

That said, Steamer is a well-respected and generally reliable projection system. It gives a good baseline for expectations going into a new year. Some players will overachieve, others will underachieve, but this is a good starting point.

And the Tigers are starting from a very low point.

Although the official Steamer projections make a best guess at playing time, at this point in the offseason it’s easier to use Steamer 600, which assumes that position players will get 600 plate appearances, starting pitchers will have 200 innings and relief pitchers will have 60.

THE OFFENSE

For simplicity, we’ll use weighted Runs Created scaled to 100. Anything above 100 is above the league average; anything under is worse than the league average.

So let’s plug those numbers in and see — oh my goodness, this is terrible!

There is just one player who is projected to have better-than-league-average run production. That would be Miguel Cabrera (108 wRC+), whose weight, uncertain health and balky knee make it incredibly unlikely that he will log 600 plate appearances.

In Steamer 600, there is only one player who projects to have a WAR greater than 2.0. That’s prospect Isaac Paredes. He hasn’t played a single game in Triple-A Toledo and is unlikely to arrive in Detroit until later in the year.

Repeating for emphasis: Even under the most optimistic projections, there is just a single 2.0 WAR player in the entire organization. And he’ll be starting the season in Toledo.

Let’s take a step back from this ugliness and take a look at some individual projections:

Steamer says not to give up on outfielder Christin Stewart (98 wRC+) or corner infielder Jeimer Candelario (98), which the Tigers seem keen on doing. Stewart and Candelario are both projected to have nearly league average run production, which puts them near the top of the list offensively.

Steamer also hasn’t completely soured on outfielder Travis Demeritte (94 wRC+), even after a modest Major League debut in 2019.

But it’s not terribly excited about Victor Reyes (84 wRC+), predicting that the Tigers could get similar production out of Jacob Robson (84) or recent waiver pickup Troy Stokes (83). Reyes might still be a valuable fourth outfielder, but Steamer doesn’t see the Tigers being rewarded for their investment of a Rule 5 pick and two years of patience.

Not surprisingly, Steamer is even more bearish on the other half of the BABIP Bros, Harold Castro (69 wRC+), whose average was also inflated by a high batting average on balls in play in 2019.

Steamer is unimpressed with JaCoby Jones’ brief offensive resurgence in 2019 (80 wRC+). It’s also not overly impressed with Willi Castro (81 wRC+). But Castro still has room to grow, whereas Dawel Lugo (81) is two years older and out of options.

Steamer also doesn’t like either of the Tigers’ catchers — Grayson Greiner (71 wRC+) or Jake Rogers (72).

Even Niko Goodrum, one of the few bright spots of the last two years, is projected to take a step back (86 wRC+).

That’s about it. In summary, Steamer thinks the Tigers’ offense is almost uniformly awful. Send help. Please.

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Detroit Tigers pitcher Matthew Boyd smiles in the dugout against the Philadelphia Phillies in the first inning of a baseball game in Detroit, Tuesday, July 23, 2019. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

PITCHING

What about the pitching?

Steamer thinks Tarik Skubal (2.3 WAR in 200 hypothetical innings) would be the Tigers’ fourth-best starting pitcher. Right now.

That’s behind Matthew Boyd (3.4), Michael Fulmer (2.8) and Spencer Turnbull (2.5).

Then comes Daniel Norris (2.0).

That’s the extent of the Tigers 2.0 WAR pitchers — even under the generous assumption of 200 innings pitched.

Top prospects Matt Manning (1.4) and Casey Mize (1.2) are ranked ahead of Jordan Zimmermann (0.9). In fact, the arrival of one or both of those pitchers might knock Zimmermann to the unemployment line later in 2020, the final year of Zimmermann’s contract.

Among relievers, Joe Jimenez and Buck Farmer are at the top of the bullpen, as you might expect. But Steamer is also surprisingly bullish on Matt Hall (4.15 ERA, 0.6 WAR). It is less excited about David McKay, Gregory Soto and Bryan Garcia.

That shouldn’t be surprising. The Tigers’ piecemeal bullpen at this point is basically Jimenez, Farmer and whoever stands out in spring training. That’s probably as it should be for a rebuilding team.

As for the rotation, the projections suggest that Skubal, Manning and Mize, who will likely start the year in Triple-A Toledo, aren’t too far away.

Next up in the prospect pecking order? Kyle Funkhouser, Alex Faedo, Franklin Perez and Joey Wentz.

You have to go a long way down the list to find Beau Burrows, a first-round pick in 2015 who had an inconsistent debut with Toledo in 2019.

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Although Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire has indicated his desire to return to the club next season, the fate of his coaching staff may yet be up in the air, according to Evan Woodbery of MLive Media Group. With the season coming to a close, general manager Al Avila and company are apparently still faced with decisions regarding the status of the team’s staff, with announcements to come at season’s end. As The Athletic’s Cody Stavenhagen speculates, that certainly makes it seem like changes are coming, though of course any relevant announcements will have to wait. Gardenhire previously expressed his hope that his staff would remain intact for 2020, the final year of his contract. That group includes familiar faces like Rick Anderson and Steve Liddle, as well as Lloyd McClendon and Ramon Santiago. However, after such a dreadful year in all facets of the game, the front office will certainly look critically at the coaching.

From elsewhere around the American League…

Yankees fans shook their heads in disbelief as starter James Paxton left yesterday’s game after just one inning. However, it seems that the team managed to avoid yet another significant injury; Paxton underwent an MRI this morning that revealed nothing but nerve irritation, per Bryan Hoch of MLB.com. His removal from the game was merely a precaution and is not expected to affect his availability in the approaching ALDS. The club has faced questions all year about postseason pitching, and an injury to Paxton—the team’s most reliable starter in the second half—would have sent the New York faithful spiraling.

White Sox pitcher Dylan Cease has been diagnosed with a Grade 1 hamstring strain, according to James Fegan of The Athletic. He was scratched from his schedule start on Thursday, and of course won’t pitch again this season. While the two-to-four week timeline that comes with the injury is of little significance at this time of year, it’s nonetheless good to hear that the promising rookie will be at full health before too long. He’s had some growing pains as a rookie but has shown some encouraging signs, striking out 81 batters in his first 73 innings as a big-leaguer. With 141 1/3 innings between several levels, he’s also amassed his biggest workload as a pro.

It’s no secret that Orioles pitching has come up short this year, but first-year pitching coach Doug Brocail expected some struggles when he took the job last winter. As he and a new front office regime attempt to build a pitching staff from the ground-up, Brocail offers some insight into the state of the organization in an interview with Dan Connolly of The Athletic (subscription required). There’s a long way to go for the team, but Brocail is seeing marginal improvements with rookie general manager Mike Elias trying to play catch-up after inheriting last year’s MLB-worst roster. With the emergence of John Means and the continued growth of the organization’s analytics department, there are some positive takeaways from his first year on the Baltimore staff.