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Like Blatt with Cavs, winning managers get fired in baseball, too

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Like Blatt with Cavs, winning managers get fired in baseball, too

David Blatt’s ouster by the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday was certainly unusual. While there isn’t a similar firing in baseball history, a number of prominent managers have been fired after successful seasons.

Perhaps the most acclaimed manager of all, Casey Stengel was fired by the Yankees after his team lost the seventh game of the 1960 World Series to the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Stengel’s Yankees had won seven World Series, and lost the eighth by one run.

“I’ll never make the mistake of being seventy again,” Stengel said.

Four years later, Yogi Berra was fired after a single season as Yankees manager. He lost the seventh game of the World Series, too. Berra, it was said, lost control of his players.

Joe Torre, the fifth winningest manager in baseball history, wasn’t exactly fired after he again won the AL East in 2007, but was offered a new contract of just a year with a sizable pay reduction. He left instead.

And, keeping with the Yankees, after Buck Showalter guided them to their first postseason berth in 14 years in 1995, he left when he was ordered to fire some coaches.

Lots of other teams have let managers go after winning seasons.

Take the Orioles, Davey Johnson wanted a raise and contract extension in 1997 after the Orioles came within a game of the World Series. Instead, he was gone on the same day he won Manager of the Year.

Larry Dierker had four NL West titles in five years with the Houston Astros, but that didn’t stop them from easing him out after the 2001 season.

Billy Martin was fired after his first season with the Minnesota Twins in 1969. He won the first AL West title, but lost the ALCS to the Orioles in three games.

During the 1983 season, the Phillies fired Pat Corrales when the team was tied for first with a 43-42 record. He was replaced by Paul Owens, and he guided Philadelphia into the World Series, where they lost in five games to the Orioles.

After the playoff-bound Milwaukee Brewers lost 11 of 14 in 2008, Ned Yost was let go with 12 games remaining in the regular season. The Brewers lost in the division series to the Phillies, and Yost resurfaced two years later as Kansas City Royals manager.

Last season, Yost won his first World Series. Maybe there’s hope for Blatt.

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American League All-Star Game Roster Projection: AL will be loaded once again

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American League All-Star Game Roster Projection: AL will be loaded once again

The 2018 Major League All-Star Game is less than a month away. Fan votes are well underway and early frontrunners are close to locking their position in the Midsummer Classic.

Yesterday, we projected how the National League roster will play out. Today it is time to look at the American League roster projection.

For five straight seasons, the AL has had the upper hand in the MLB All-Star Game. In 2018, it does not appear that will change as the American League roster will be loaded from top to bottom.

As a reminder, here is how the process shakes out, first with the fan vote, players’ ballots, and the MLB Commissioner’s Office:

  • Fan vote: nine position players in AL (DH)/ eight in NL; plus final vote for each league
  • Player’s ballots: next 17 players in AL/ 16 players in NL; (five starting pitchers, three relievers must be chosen)
  • MLB Commissioner’s Office: five AL players (four pitchers, one position player) and seven NL players (four pitchers, three position players)

One player from each team must make the initial roster (before injury withdraws, etc.). Below is how it looks the American League roster will play out, considering the latest fan vote returns:

American League All-Star Roster Projection:

C – Wilson Ramos, Rays (Fan Vote), Gary Sánchez, Yankees (Player Ballot)
1B – José Abreu, White Sox (Fan Vote), Joey Gallo, Rangers (Player Ballot)
2B – Jose Altuve, Astros (Fan Vote), Jed Lowrie, Athletics (Player Ballot)
3B – José Ramírez, Indians (Fan Vote), Yangervis Solarte, Blue Jays (Player Ballot), Mike Moustakas, Royals (Commissioner’s Office)
SS – Manny Machado, Orioles (Fan Vote), Jean Segura, Mariners (Player Ballot),
OF – Mookie Betts, Red Sox (Fan Vote), Mike Trout, Angels (Fan Vote), Aaron Judge, Yankees (Fan Vote), Michael Brantley, Indians (Player Ballot), Eddie Rosario, Twins (Player Ballot), Giancarlo Stanton, Yankees (Player Ballot),
DH – J.D. Martinez, Red Sox (Fan Vote), Shohei Ohtani, Angels (Player Ballot)

SP – Justin Verlander, Astros (Player Ballot), Luis Severino, Yankees (Player Ballot), Corey Kluber, Indians (Player Ballot), Chris Sale, Red Sox (Player Ballot), Gerrit Cole, Astros (Player Ballot), Blake Snell, Tampa Bay (Commissioner’s Office)

RP – Edwin Díaz, Mariners (Player Ballot), Craig Kimbrel, Red Sox (Player Ballot), Aroldis Chapman, Yankees (Player Ballot), Joe Jiménez, Tigers (Commissioner’s Office), Delin Betances, Yankees (Commissioner’s Office), Chris Devenski, Astros (Commissioner’s Office)

Manager: Jeff Luhnow, Astros

Based on this projection, the New York Yankees will have the most representatives with six. The Houston Astros and Boston Red Sox will both have four.

Ensuring no snubs, there will be five players selected for the final fan vote to get one more All-Star into the game for a total of 32 for the American League. As you can see, no matter how the AL roster plays out, it will be a dominant team once again as they look for six straight All-Star wins.

Four of those five wins were inside a National League stadium and that will not change as the Washington Nationals will host this season.

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2018 MLB All-Star Game voting update: Manny Machado maintains big lead among A.L. shortstops

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2018 MLB All-Star Game voting update: Manny Machado maintains big lead among A.L. shortstops

Baltimore Orioles’ Manny Machado took an even larger lead in the latest update for 2018 MLB All-Star Game voting.

The superstar shortstop maintained his position at the top of American League shortstops in the second round of All-Star voting updates, released Tuesday morning. 

After the first ballot was released, Machado led the shortstops category by over 100,00 votes.

This week, he now holds north of a 200,000-vote lead over last year’s American League starter, Carlos Correa.

The Astros’ Correa jumped from fourth to second this past week while the Indians’ Francisco Lindor dropped to third.  

Machado now has 671,133 votes, seventh among all American League players. For the second straight week, Machado remained the only Orioles player on the list.

Through 69 games in 2018, Machado is batting .310 with 18 home runs, 15 doubles and 53 RBIs. He is posting his best OPS (.945) and on-base percentage (.377) in his career, a bright spot for the O’s, who sit dead last in MLB with a 20-50 record.

The All-Star voting will be open until July 5 at 11:59 p.m. ET and fans can vote five times every 24 hours.

The next AL voting update will be announced June 26.

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