Last year’s top rookie, Julio Rodríguez of the Seattle Mariners, has dominated since the All-Star Game. The Mariners roster was 45-44 heading into the All-Star Classic break.
However, since the break, Rodriguez bats for a .347 batting average, with eight homers, 12 doubles, 30 RBIs and a .986 OPS. Last week, Julio reached a historic moment in baseball. He broke the major league record for most hits in four games, with 17.
Julio’s performances put Seattle ahead of the Jays in the hunt for a playoff spot.
Vladimir Jr. was crowned home run contest champion in the Seattle All-Star Game. Still, the last thirty days of Vladimir Guerrero Jr. have been very difficult for him. He posted a low .234 batting average, with just two homers, 10 RBIs and three doubles. The good news is that the Canadian team, compared to other teams, did not have a long winning streak. However, to have such a streak, the Jays need the revival of Vladimir son at bat.
Supposedly, the apple never falls far from the tree. Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner is the son of the legendary George Steinbrenner, nicknamed the “Boss,” who enjoyed success at the helm of the Bronx team.
But what “tree” are we talking about? Starting in the 1980s, the only decade the Yankees didn’t win a World Series, or the years the Yankees won the World Series during George’s reign.
Under the Boss from 1973 to 1990, 19 managers came and went, including Billy Martin, who was fired and hired five times. Five team presidents, 15 pitching coaches and 11 general managers also passed.
Should the son, Hal Steinbrenner, follow his father’s impatience and fire the current Yankees general manager, Brian Cashman, also hired by the “Boss”? Not immediately.
However, he should have fired general manager Brian Cashman and manager Aaron Boone after the Yankees were swept by the Astros in last year’s playoffs.
Appoint an assistant general manager or an assistant to Boone, to lead the Yankees? With five weeks to go, it’s not worth it. The Yankees are not a renovation organization, they want to win at all costs and to start, Hal Steinbrenner must hold a press conference the day after the last game to announce their dismissals.
Are other teams following the storm within the Yankees organization and the changes they want to make? Curiously, the Washington Nationals have extended the contracts of general manager Mike Rizzo and manager, former Expos outfielder Dave Martinez, even though the Nationals aren’t enjoying much success.
Could the man who guided the Red Sox and Cubs to a World Series title be hired?
Theo Epstein’s return is the subject of a future column.
Canadian U15 Championships in Laval
Baseball Quebec and the organizing committee of the 2023 Ray-Carter Cup, presented by Laval 440 Chevrolet and Maerix, are organizing the Ray-Carter Cup event in Laval from tomorrow until Sunday. Among the 11 U15 teams from Canada that will take part in the competition, two are from Quebec, the provincial team as well as the host team, the 3L de la Côte-Nord 15U AAA.