The Orioles announced Thursday that they have named Mark Quinn assistant hitting coach, and the rest of the members of the Major League staff will return in their current role. Quinn takes the role of Einar Diaz, who will serve as a Major League coach and assist in all aspects of Orioles coaching.
Tim Raines, whose 23-year Major League career included celebrating World Series championships with the Yankees in 1996 and ’98, fell just short of the 75 percent of the vote required for induction into the National Baseball Hall of Fame on Wednesday.
Mike Mussina inched closer to Cooperstown on Wednesday, though the former Orioles and Yankees pitcher did not reach the required 75 percent of votes needed for election into Baseball’s Hall of Fame.
Roger Clemens and Fred McGriff were among the former Blue Jays players who fell short in the number of votes required for election into the Baseball Hall of Fame on Wednesday evening.
The boxes have been checked, the celebration is about to begin, and, as always, the debate will continue. The coming of the new year mean’s it’s Hall of Fame time again, with the much-anticipated 2016 class ready to be unveiled today at 6 p.m. ET.
Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette had hoped to have more activity before the holidays. “I thought there would be a few more deals done by now,” said Duquette, who is still looking for a left-handed hitter and rotation upgrades.”
Former Major Leaguer Charlie Haeger highlighted the Rays’ announcements of the organization’s Minor League on-field coaching and medical staffs for the 2016 season Tuesday.
The Blue Jays acquired right-hander Arnold Leon from the A’s on Tuesday afternoon in exchange for a player to be named or future cash considerations.
The Yankees’ recent acquisition of Aroldis Chapman promises to create a super-bullpen that ranks as the Majors’ most dominant, but thus far, the team’s stated offseason goal of upgrading its starting pitching remains unfulfilled.
Would Tampa Bay consider easing the burden on its starters with a six-man rotation? Would the club make a deal for outfielder Jorge Soler? Beat reporter Bill Chastain answers these questions and more in the latest Inbox.
Does the acquisition of Aroldis Chapman change the Yankees’ plans for the back end of the bullpen? Is there still a chance Brett Gardner could be traded? Beat reporter Bryan Hoch has answers in the Inbox.