The Seattle Mariners hired Milwaukee Brewers special assistant Jack Zduriencik as their new general manager yesterday.
Zduriencik, 57, replaces Bill Bavasi, who was fired in June, and takes over for Lee Pelekoudas, who was serving on an interim basis. Known for his skill in drafting players, Zduriencik worked with Brewers GM Doug Melvin.
Since Zduriencik arrived in Milwaukee in 1999, the team drafted Prince Fielder and Rickie Weeks as well as 2007 National League Rookie of the Year Ryan Braun, J.J Hardy, Corey Hart, Yovani Gallardo, Manny Parra and Tony Gwynn Jr. - the foundation of Milwaukee's playoff team this season.
Zduriencik, who has worked with major league teams for 25 years, has a tall task. Seattle just became the first team with a $100 million payroll to lose 100 games in a season.
Mariners president Chuck Armstrong and club chief executive Howard Lincoln interviewed as many as 10 candidates in the past month, including Los Angeles Dodgers assistant GM Kim Ng.
Brewers: : Former Mets manager Willie Randolph has interviewed for the manager's job in Milwaukee, a person familiar with the situation confirmed to Newsday. The Brewers are expected to announce their choice after the World Series. Melvin also has interviewed Bob Brenly, who led the Diamondbacks to a World Series title in 2001, and former Athletics manager Ken Macha.
World Series: : Rain in Philadelphia's forecast this weekend could alter the World Series schedule. Game 3 between the Rays and Phillies is slated for Saturday night, but there is a 70 percent chance of rain in Philadelphia that day, according to weather.com. Baseball spokesman Pat Courtney said if the game is postponed, it would be pushed back to Sunday and the teams would lose a scheduled day off Tuesday between Games 5 and 6, if they're necessary.
Rays: : Even before Tropicana Field hosted its first World Series game, Major League Baseball insisted Tampa Bay must get a new stadium. "I think they need a new ballpark here. Absolutely," said Bob DuPuy, baseball's chief operating officer. Tropicana Field opened in 1990 and was outmoded when the baseball team moved in eight years later. Tampa Bay's plans for a new stadium have received little community support.
Strawberry: : Darryl Strawberry has a message for Joba Chamberlain: Stop now. Don't be like me. After Strawberry learned the Yankees pitcher was charged with driving under the influence Saturday, Strawberry said he called Yankees executive Ray Negron and asked him to pass along some words. "I told him I think the main thing for Joba right now is he needs to look at himself in the mirror and evaluate himself, more than anything," said Strawberry, whose problems have included alcohol and drug abuse, domestic violence and tax evasion. "At that age, in the situation he's in with the Yankees, it's easy to think you can do whatever you want to do."