Around baseball: Baker will be back with Reds, Jocketty says
Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera is playing in pain but still hit .348 with 44 homers and 137 RBI.
Cincinnati general manager Walt Jocketty said in the immediate wake of the Reds’ elimination from the postseason that manager Dusty Baker will be back next season.
Asked if there was any question about Baker returning, Jocketty said: “I don’t think so. He’s signed for another year.”
Baker, 64, signed a two-year extension after last season. He has led the Reds to the playoffs in three of the past four years. But they’ve been eliminated in the first round of the postseason each year.
The final call on Baker’s future will be in the hands of Reds owner Bob Castellini.
Jocketty will meet with his staff and discuss possible changes.
“It’s too early to say at this point,” he said.
Uggla not on roster
Second baseman Dan Uggla is not included on Atlanta’s 25-man roster for the National League division series.
Uggla, the Braves’ highest paid player at $13 million, batted .179 with 22 home runs and 55 RBI.
The Braves face the Los Angeles Dodgers tonight in Game 1.
Tigers’ Cabrera hurting
That sweet swing is still there. No matter how banged up Miguel Cabrera has been, he’s always a threat to hit the ball where nobody can catch it.
It’s the rest of his game that has looked more and more painful. Those jogs out of the batter’s box became progressively slower — and although Cabrera helped the Detroit Tigers win the American League Central for a third straight year, even they can’t be sure what to expect from their best hitter in the postseason.
“He’s not 100 percent,” manager Jim Leyland said. “He’s been playing in a lot of pain. He’s a real tough guy. I think if anybody knew the pain he’s playing in, they probably wouldn’t believe it.”
Rodriguez’s appeal says he was duped
Alex Rodriguez and his representatives argued in the appeal of a 211-game suspension that the New York Yankees third baseman thought he was taking legal supplements supplied by the Biogenesis of America clinic, the New York Daily News reported.
The newspaper cited sources from this week’s hearings with Major League Baseball that Rodriguez says he was duped by Anthony Bosch, the founder of the now-shuttered Florida clinic. Bosch told investigators that Rodriguez knew what he was taking.