Here are a couple of quotes from baseball general managers that are highly amusing. It’s great that they can exhibit a sense of humor in trying times for their organizations.
The Houston Astros removed Luke Gregerson as their closer after a number of games of ineffective pitching. A closer is the pitcher who comes into games with tight scores, keeping the other team from going ahead, to close out the game. The Astros have a couple of other closer possibilities, including Ken Giles, a former closer with the Phillies, and Will Harris, who despite excellent statistics had a total of 2 career saves in 178 appearances prior to this season. Astros Manager A.J. Hinch would not name a new closer, however, opting for the fabled “closer by committee” strategy. But when asked about Harris, Hinch coyly said, “Get him in fantasy baseball and see what happens.”
A suspension of nine games was announced for Kansas City Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura, for intentionally throwing a pitch at an opposing batter. A report was posted that the Royals have discussed trading Ventura, in part due to his emotional volatility. Royals General Manager Dayton Moore declined to address the speculation but offered the comment, “If we traded Yordano Ventura, who are we going to put in the starting rotation that’s as talented as he is?” Moore said, “I may not be the best general manager, but I can count to five” [starting pitchers].