Outside of the first-inning blowout in Game 5 of the National League Division Series between the Cardinals and Braves, the MLB postseason has been as thrilling as expected. Of course, there’s still a lot going on in the baseball world off the field. It’s been easy to miss a few things, so let’s catch up on the top non-playoff stories in baseball this week.
The End of the Line
Atlanta’s blowout loss to the Cardinals in Game 5 of the NLDS turned out to be the final game of Brian McCann’s career. McCann announced his retirement from baseball immediately after the game, telling reporters that he decided in August that he would walk away.
The 35-year-old McCann first came to the big leagues in 2005, spending the first nine seasons of his career with the Braves. After stints with the Yankees and Astros, McCann returned to Atlanta in 2019 for what would become his final big-league season.
In 15 seasons in the majors, McCann was an All-Star seven times and won a World Series ring with the Astros in 2017.
Who Wears the Halo?
After firing Brad Ausmus as manager after just one season, the Angels are deep into their search for his replacement. Initially, it seemed that Joe Maddon was the favorite to get the job after he and the Cubs parted ways. But it may not be that simple.
Both Buck Showalter and John Farrell have been reported as serious candidates. All three are experienced big-league managers, which would appear to be what the Angels are looking for in their next manager.
There is also said to be a fourth candidate whose identity is unknown. A few days ago, it seemed like Maddon’s job to lose, but it appears the Angels will take a little more time before making a decision.
Heading to the Apple
The Mets also have a high-profile managerial opening and are touching base with a number of potential candidates. Joe Girardi is viewed by many to be the frontrunner for the position, although he’s been working as a broadcaster during the first round of the playoffs, delaying his opportunity for a sit-down interview with the Mets.
Girardi is also expected to interview with the Cubs and should be coveted by any team with an opening. Diamondbacks vice president of player development Mike Bell and longtime Mets outfielder Carlos Beltran will also interview with the Mets for the managerial opening. A decision isn’t expected anytime soon.
Some interesting off-field news broke this week when Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf says that MLB commissioner Rob Manfred warned the city that the Athletics could relocate if the city didn’t drop a lawsuit they filed to prevent Alameda County from selling its share of the Oakland Coliseum to the A’s.
Manfred admits that he did tell Schaaf that the A’s could relocate to Las Vegas if they didn’t get a new stadium. However, he indicated there are no current plans for the team to move. The A’s are hoping to get a new ballpark, and Schaaf has expressed confidence it will happen, although there are still plenty of obstacles to overcome.