Just a few notes and links on the day before the World Series begins…
• The status of Don Mattingly as Dodgers manager seems very much up-in-the-air. Today the Dodgers reportedly fired Mattingly’s bench coach, Trey Hillman, which could be an indication that Mattingly is also on his way out. Mark Feinsand points out that there’s also the possibility of Yankees hitting coach Kevin Long ultimately joining Mattingly’s staff — in some capacity, in some city, for some franchise — should Mattingly either stay with the Dodgers or land a managerial job elsewhere.
• Take one starting pitcher off the market. Tim Lincecum has reportedly agreed to a two-year deal to stay with the Giants. Would have been a risk-reward situation had the Yankees gone after him this offseason.
• Over the weekend, Yogi Berra received the first Bob Feller Act of Valor Award. Here’s a very nice story on it from Mark Di Ionno, including this quote from Berra about Feller. “He didn’t like me,” Berra said. “One day I asked why. He said, ‘I don’t respect people who didn’t serve their country.’ I said, ‘What are you talking about? I was at D-Day.’ After that, we became best friends.”
• Might as well keep adding to the list of players who have been connected to the Yankees early this offseason. Writing about this week’s organizational meetings, George King mentioned the following: Japanese right-hander Masahiro Tanaka, Reds outfielder Shin-Soo Choo, Braves left-hander Paul Maholm, Braves catcher Brian McCann and Red Sox shortstop Stephen Drew.
• San Diego would seem to be a good first for Phil Hughes this offseason — big park, close to his California home, his good friend Ian Kennedy is on the team — but Andrew Marchand reports that the Padres aren’t overly impressed by Hughes and might not go after him this winter.
• What do you do with something like this? I know I end up posting a lot of pretty goofy stuff during the offseason, but John Sterling doing play-by-play of something called the Kitten Bowl? I mean … I guess you can’t predict feline football.
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