The AJC’s David O’Brien reports that Terry Pendleton and Eddie Perez won’t return to the Braves coaching staff in 2018 and that Walt Weiss will likely be the new bench coach in place of Pendleton. No new information there but O’Brien also reports that pitching coach Chuck Hernandez is likely to be retained.
MLB.com’s Mark Bowman answers a variety questions including how the MLB investigation will play a part in how the team moves forward this offseason. Bowman also discusses Dayton Moore and what he thinks the rotation will look like in 2018. He also gives a timeline on when the changes to the coaching staff might be announced.
Justin Verlander turned in another spectacular performance on the mound and helped the Houston Astros force a Game 7 with a 7-1 win over the Yankees. Verlander went seven innings allowing only five hits while striking out eight.
The Nationals announced on Friday that manager Dusty Baker would not return for the 2018 season. Under Baker the Nats had won the NL East in back-to-back seasons but had failed to have any postseason success. Washington GM Mike Rizzo told reporters on Friday that the team never had any contract negotiations with Baker and that winning regular season games and division titles was not enough.
The New York Mets are nearing the end of managerial search and the New York Post’s Joel Sherman reports that current hitting coach Kevin Long is the favorite although Mariners third base coach Manny Acta is another possibility.