Atlanta Braves third base coach Ron Washington was the runner-up to Jayce Tingler in the Padres’ search for a new manager. Rather than join the club as a bench coach, it appears that Washington will remain in his current job with the Braves. That is good news for Atlanta as Washington has developed into somewhat of a father figure for some of Atlanta’s young players. Washington has also played a huge part as the team’s infield coach as the Braves again rolled out one of the best defensive infields in the National League in 2019.
It remains to be seen whether any other changes are coming for Brian Snitker’s coaching staff but it at least it appears that Washington will be a part of it in 2020.
- Ready to rosterbate this offseason? MLB.com’s Mike Petriello discusses six trade fits for the Boston Red Sox should they decide to trade superstar outfielder Mookie Betts. Atlanta comes in at No. 2 on the list.
- Our season in review series continued on Sunday with a look at reliever Shane Carle who began the season on the Opening Day Roster but finished it in the minor leagues with the Rangers.
2019 World Series
- The Houston Astros continued their run Sunday night with a 7-1 win over the Nationals in Game 5 to take a 3-2 lead in the series. The road team has won all five games in the series so far. Houston outscored Washington 19-3 in the three games in DC.
- Max Scherzer was scheduled to start Sunday’s game but was a late scratch due to pain in his neck and trapezius muscle. Scherzer met with the media before Game 5 and was clearly still in pain. He underwent an injection and hopes to be ready for a possible start in Game 7
- Astros owner Jim Crane sent a letter to Sports Illustrated’s Stephanie Apstein on Saturday apologizing and retracting the statement the team issued from last week that she fabricated a story that outlined improper conduct in the clubhouse by assistant general manager Brandon Taubman following Houston’s ALCS clinching victory.
- The “mystery candidate” for the Mets coaching vacancy is reportedly Brewers bench coach Pat Murphy. The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reports that Murphy has already had multiple interviews with the team and is in the mix.
- Astros bench coach Joe Espada will have a second interview with the San Francisco Giants for their vacant managerial position. The meeting will take place after the conclusion of the World Series.