News and notes from the Toronto Blue Jays from the morning of October 19th, 2018, including an update on an executive and some former players.
Cherington In Play for Giants Job
Ben Cherington, Blue Jays VP of baseball operations, is apparently a candidate for the vacant San Francisco Giants GM position, reports Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe. Several other sources have pointed to the Baltimore Orioles, who themselves have an open GM position, as another possible destination for Cherington.
Despite the links, it’s unlikely that Cherington will pursue any other opportunities, as he’s apparently quite happy in his current position with the Jays.
Kratz Hot for the Crew
Former Blue Jay Erik Kratz, who this postseason has become somewhat of a sensation, has been surprisingly productive in the first couple of games for the Milwaukee Brewers.
Kratz, who played 34 games with the Blue Jays in 2014, has gone 6-for-19 with two runs scored and two RBI for the Brewers, with a slash of .316/.350/.771.
Sprague Reportedly Interviews for Manager
Former Blue Jays third baseman Ed Sprague, who has been with the Oakland Athletics as their “Coordinator of Instruction”, reportedly interviewed for the Blue Jays managerial job, reports Bob Elliott of the Canadian Baseball Network.
It is unclear just how far things went with Sprague, but he represents an unexpected candidate for the position, to say the least. Sprague played 888 games for the Blue Jays, hitting 113 homers in just over 3150 at-bats.
Stroman Takes In Postseason Ball
Marcus Stroman, poised and confident, was taking in postseason baseball in Los Angeles this past week. The young hurler tweeted a picture of his view from Dodger Stadium as the visiting Brewers took on the hometown Dodgers.