The primary 20,000 followers in attendance at Wednesday’s Guardians dwelling sport towards the Reds will obtain “Thank You, Tito” t-shirts, to commemorate what may be very probably Terry Francona’s ultimate dwelling sport because the Guards’ supervisor. It isn’t a lot of a secret that Francona is planning to retire after the season, although he has stopped in need of making an official announcement since “he would reasonably execute an Irish exit than appeal to one additional iota of consideration,” the Athletic’s Zack Meisel writes. Meisel’s piece is a superb profile of Francona’s lengthy profession as a supervisor, coach, and participant, offering loads of perception and colourful anecdotes into one in every of baseball’s biggest skippers.
Right here’s extra from across the AL Central…
- The Twins will use Pablo Lopez and Sonny Grey (in an order to be decided) because the starters of their first two playoff video games, supervisor Rocco Baldelli instructed The Athletic’s Aaron Gleeman and different reporters. Baldelli didn’t verify any of Minnesota’s different pitching plans for October, however in implying that Kenta Maeda shall be working as a reliever through the postseason, that would appear to arrange Joe Ryan because the staff’s best choice as a 3rd starter. Ryan has a 3.82 ERA over 30 2/3 innings since getting back from the injured listing, as attempting to pitch via a groin pressure contributed to some very shaky numbers for Ryan in midseason after an impressive April and Might. Maeda has had a robust season in his personal proper and hasn’t labored as a reliever since 2019, however his utilization out of the bullpen provides the Twins a possible influence reliever for his or her playoff run.
- Tigers prospect Jace Jung has performed solely second base and DH throughout his two professional seasons, however he’ll now be getting some seems to be as a 3rd baseman within the Arizona Fall League, Lynn Henning of the Detroit Information writes. Each MLB Pipeline (67th) and Baseball America (98th) rank Jung among the many high 100 prospects in baseball, although each retailers have considerations about his eventual defensive future, as second base was seen as a less-challenging spot for Jung than the new nook. Nevertheless, an much more highly-touted Detroit prospect faces comparable defensive questions, as Colt Keith (18th BA, twenty fifth Pipeline) seems to be ticketed for second base responsibility. Keith will get the precedence as a result of he has posted massive numbers at Triple-A this second and will issue into Detroit’s lineup as early as Opening Day 2024, whereas Jung may want extra time to get acclimated at his new place and has but to achieve Triple-A. Keith and Jung are two of a number of intriguing position-player prospects developing the ranks within the Tigers’ farm system, to the purpose that Henning feels a potential logjam for future enjoying time provides the Tigers drawback to have in determining who performs the place, and in the end may gamers may be saved or used as commerce chips.