I won’t make any promises, but we could find out today whether Andy MacPhail is staying in the organization and being given a different set of responsibilities.
Wait, where have I written that before?
It’s now apparent that MacPhail is deciding his next move, and perhaps there’s more for him to consider than previously known. We had every indication that he wasn’t going to remain as president of baseball operations, but not because he was being forced out. It just came down to whether he wanted to work in a different capacity.
I’m done guessing along here, and I’d really like to stick to my promise of avoiding incremental updates that don’t move the story. You already know where things stand. You don’t need me repeating it.
Did anyone else have a flashback when Koji Uehara and Michael Gonzalez were warming in the Rangers’ bullpen last night?
Uehara requested that the Rays crank up the air conditioning at Tropicana Field.
Gonzalez faced one batter and struck out Johnny Damon for the second out of the eighth inning, leaving runners on first and second as the Rangers clung to a 4-3 lead.
If anyone is taking nominations for “Tweet of the Week,” I’m submitting this one from yesterday, courtesy of Detroit Free Press and SI.com columnist Mike Rosenberg:
A.J. Burnett: “I’ve been proving people wrong my whole career.” But enough about Brian Cashman.
What you know: Outfielder Matt Angle is working out at second base in the fall instructional league.
What you might not know: Manager Buck Showalter doesn’t plan on moving Nolan Reimold to first base during spring training.
Though Reimold played 29 games at first for Triple-A Norfolk last year, Showalter wants him focusing on improving his defense in left field.
Adam Jones batted .338 with two doubles, a triple, three home runs and nine RBIs in 18 games against the Red Sox this season.
Matt Wieters threw out 37 percent of runners attempting to steal this season, compared to 31 percent last year and 24 percent as a rookie.
Nick Markakis was the fifth outfielder in club history to play in 100 or more games without committing an error, joining John Lowenstein (111 games in 1982), Jay Payton (108 in 2008), Gary Roenicke (113 in 1980) and B.J. Surhoff (148 in 1999).
The rotation is far from set, but it’s pretty apparent that Tommy Hunter would have to pitch his way off it next spring. The Orioles like how he can get deep into his starts and keep them in the game.
As one member of the organization put it, “He ain’t exactly sexy. He’s going to give up three or four runs, but you’ll look out and he’s still standing out there.”
I mentioned previously that Showalter likes the idea of keeping Robert Andino in a utility role. Here’s a quote related to whether Andino will be considered for the second base job if Brian Roberts is sidelined again:
“We know that Robert can play anywhere at a pretty good level. If we go in that direction, who replaces what Robert does? In the American League, that’s a huge piece. That’s an important piece. You don’t have to have a guy who’s got a position every day to be a real important piece. But I’m not precluding that he could be the second baseman next year.
“Our first priority is (Roberts), what that would mean to everybody. But you wouldn’t be real smart to go into the offseason thinking that’s a given.”