McKay, the Rockies' Peak Performance Coordinator for their minor league system over the past three years, will be departing the organization to work for the Mariners as their Director of Player Development. Best of luck to McKay, who'll be stepping into the position as the first major front-office change under the tenure of GM Jerry Dipoto.
ESPN reports that Mattingly and the Dodgers have agreed to mutually part ways. Mattingly, although offered an extension over the weekend, reportedly expressed his desire to move on. Ramona Shelburne reports sources saying several teams are in for Mattingly's services, including the Marlins. Apparently, the Dodgers' former manager questioned the team's long-term commitment to him and was concerned over front-office stability.
Caution: Hot. Oh baby, are these some hot takes. The hottest of hot. "Bridich is the new Josh McDaniels." Wait, can anyone be as bad as McDaniels? No chance. "The Rockies also announced that all 90 losses will return for the 2016 season." Hey, that'd be an improvement over this year's 94 losses! Read it for the lulz. Anyone who has ever enjoyed perusing Purple Row's Facebook comments will probably enjoy this too.
Denver sports blog BSN recently blogged about Rockies' prospect Tommy Murphy, which you can read by following the link above to the Denver sports blog's blog. Murphy has the potential to blossom into a very nice player for the Rockies, who possesses a nice combination of an ability to hit, call a game, and a good arm, while his framing abilities are reportedly coming along nicely. In an 11 game stint with the Rockies this past season, the catcher hit .257/.333/.543 with three home runs and nine RBI. He also struck out 10 times to the four walks drawn, which is a reflection of one area he'll need to continue to work on in the future.
The Rafters lost a close one to Glendale, who scored in the bottom of the ninth on a single. Jordan Patterson and Raimel Tapia started, batting fifth and ninth respectively. Patterson went 0-for-3 with a strikeout, while Tapia tripled and drew a walk along with a stolen base. Freeland, unlike last time I wrote about him, pitched well. He scattered five hits over three innings, walking two and whiffing three. Sam Moll pitched two innings, allowing no hits while striking out a batter and walking one.
The Blue Jays and Mets both won by comfortable margins in Wednesday's games, with the former downing the Royals 7-1 in Game 5 and the latter beating the Cubs 8-3 as they completed the sweep. Daniel Murphy has set a record, hitting homers in six straight postseason games. For his accomplishment, Murphy was named the NLCS MVP. Just a tremendous effort from Murphy, who's one of the driving forces behind the Mets' trip to the World Series.
Kansas City leads the Jays in the series 3-2 and will attempt to but things to bed tomorrow in Game 6. Let's force a game Game 7 Toronto, ok? I'd HATE to see the Royals in the World Series. If you've read some of my other articles on them, you're probably familiar with the fact that I can't stand the Royals. Anyways, the METS ARE IN THE WORLD SERIES. Here's a bit of a confession, Purple Row. I've been cheating on you the Rockies a bit, both now and during the regular season. In my defense, I do live in New Jersey and they're all I hear about on the local sports stations. Also in my defense, how could you not love Thor's and deGrom's unreal flow?