Good morning, Athletics Nation!
With the 2020 season over for all but two teams, the other 28 clubs are getting started on their offseasons. There’s no major player movement until after the World Series, but for now they can do some trimming in their front offices and coaching staffs.
Indeed, several teams have already made moves, with a couple managers already let go, as well as some coaches, GMs, and a couple heads of Baseball Operations. Check out yesterday’s Rumblings for the latest around the league.
The Oakland A’s joined on Monday, making a couple cuts in their baseball ops department. Among them is Rick Magnante, reports Susan Slusser of the S.F. Chronicle. Magnante has been in the organization for a quarter-century in various roles, including as a minor league manager, coach, and scout. The 72-year-old was slated to manage the short-season Vermont Lake Monsters in 2020, and had skippered as far up as High-A Stockton in the past.
Magnante joined the A’s as a scout in 1996, and he’s credited with signing some big names during his time in that role, including Barry Zito, Eric Byrnes, and Bobby Crosby, per Slusser. He might be particularly recognizable to Athletics Nation readers, as he frequently contributed interviews to our friend Bill at Athletics Farm, offering insight and updates on the club’s top prospects.
Rick's one of the best baseball minds I've come across. Brilliant coach and talent evaluator. I've loved chatting with him over the years. I hope he's able to find a new baseball home if he wants to. The game is better with him in it. https://t.co/SGimd8twne— Melissa Lockard (@melissalockard) October 19, 2020
In addition to Magnante, a few scouts are also on the way out. Slusser mentions three, including northern California scout Kevin Mello, who is credited with signing Blake Treinen (as a prospect), this summer’s 1st-round pick Tyler Soderstrom, and MLB pitchers Brett Graves and Ian Krol.
Despite these cuts, Slusser emphasizes that at least 90% of the staff is still returning, a retention rate that was not guaranteed and is expected to exceed that of many other clubs. Even before the financial hit taken by teams this summer during the pandemic, the minor leagues were scheduled to contract a couple affiliate teams from each organization, inevitably leading to personnel cuts. Slusser offers credit to A’s owner John Fisher in that regard.
For more details, check out Slusser’s full writeup at the Chronicle. Also included are updates on the minor league coaching staff, which saw a shakeup in the managerial ranks including some fun former MLB names; and, where the Single-A affiliate will be located next year (no longer the Beloit Snappers, unfortunately).
World Series info
The World Series begins tonight between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Tampa Bay Rays, and the whole thing is televised on Fox. Here’s the schedule (all times Pacific):
- Game 1: Tue, Oct. 20, 5 p.m.
- Game 2: Wed, Oct. 21, 5 p.m.
- Game 3: Fri, Oct. 23, 5 p.m.
- Game 4: Sat, Oct. 24, 5 p.m.
- Game 5: Sun, Oct. 25, 5 p.m.
- Game 6: Tue, Oct. 27, 5 p.m.
- Game 7: Wed, Oct. 28, 5 p.m.
The Dodgers finally named a Game 1 starter, Clayton Kershaw. He’ll go against Tyler Glasnow.
- Shea: Dodgers-Rays World Series has more of an A’s slant than Giants ($)
- Slusser: A’s Owens considered for Angels’ GM job; Oakland to retain nearly all scouts ($)
MLB News & Interest
- Kawahara: Baseball players’ union will bestow annual award in honor of Curt Flood ($)
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- Chiusano: Could No. 1 prospect debut in World Series?
- Today in Baseball History
Best of Twitter
Good to see Curt Flood get more recognition for his contributions to the game!
The @MLBPAA describes the award thusly: “The Curt Flood Award ... will be given to “a former player, living or deceased, who in the image of Flood demonstrated a selfless, longtime devotion to the Players Association and advancement of Players’ rights.”— Susan Slusser (@susanslusser) October 19, 2020
What a great thing.
The most perfect video ever
... Followed by the most discouraging video ever
Jeff Luhnow says the people involved with the 2017 Astros cheating scheme are all still employed by the team, and none of them faced any repercussions— 2020 Astros Shame Tour (@AsteriskTour) October 19, 2020
At the time these Rumblings were published, Hendriks had a commanding lead. Make sure to vote!
Let me add 2 guys to this list.... @JakeDiekman who gave up 1 earned run all year and Jesse Hahn who gave up 4 HITS all year. Let’s get real on these awards 1 time please.— Chris Bassitt (@C_Bass419) October 20, 2020
MLB pitchers allowed extra-base hits during the 2020 regular season at a rate of 2 per 25 batters faced.— Codify, Inc. (@CodifyBaseball) October 20, 2020
Jake Diekman faced 84 batters and allowed 1.
Batters against both Jake and Devin Williams managed to slug just .157. (MLB = .418)@JakeDiekman @DTrainn_23 pic.twitter.com/mfUUWeznkJ
Skye goes to bat for Earth (click thru for 6-tweet thread)
I implore you to watch and take to heart, share Netflix’s special called, ‘A Life On Our Planet’. With all of the hate between human kind in the world today, let’s all come together to protect an actively alter our destructive ways as humans. This is not a political post, just— Skye Bolt (@Skyebolt20) October 18, 2020