The AFL Fall Stars Game is Saturday night (7:00pm CST). The game will be televised on MLB Network and MLB.com and Mike Ferrin will call the action on MLB Network. Jeimer Candelario and Corey Black are expected to play in the game. Unfortunately, the No. 2 prospect in the Cubs’ system will not be participating.
The Cubs announced Friday that Willson Contreras has been shut down and will not play again this fall. Contreras has a mild left hamstring strain. The Cubs said the injury was not serious. The decision to shut him down was for precautionary reasons. It is unknown at this point if the Cubs will allow Contreras to play Winter Ball.
According to the report from Carrie Muskat, Contreras “felt his left hamstring pop as he ran down the line to first on Thursday.”
Contreras will be added to the 40-man roster prior to the deadline on Nov. 20. Contreras will spend next spring in big league camp.
Willson Contreras had a sensational year. Contreras played his way from a virtual unknown in the system to one of the Cubs top prospects. Contreras won a batting title and received the honor of being named the Cubs Minor League Player of the Year.
According to multiple reports, Dave Martinez will interview with the Dodgers next week.
Martinez is one of at least 10 managerial candidates. Kirk Gibson, Bud Black, Gabe Kapler, Dave Roberts, Bob Geren, Darrin Erstad, Ron Roenicke, Tim Wallach and one other person has or will interview to be the next Dodgers’ skipper.
Martinez has an obvious connection with Andrew Friedman from his seven years as being Joe Maddon’s bench coach in Tampa.
Maddon’s entire coaching staff has been invited back for next season. Theo Epstein said during his end of season press conference that he did not anticipate any changes.
Jed Hoyer indicated Friday the coaching staff was not finalized for next season yet. Hoyer told the Sun-Times and Comcast SportsNet, “Obviously, we’re having some negotiations with people and having some discussions. But I expect the staff to look the same.”
According to multiple reports, Mike Cather has left the Cubs’ organization to take a position with the Marlins.
Cather was Iowa’s pitching coach this past season after spending 2014 in the Padres’ organization. Cather was with the Cubs for one year after six seasons with the Red Sox and three in the Padres’ system. Cather replaced Bruce Walton.
The Cubs have not announced the minor league managers, staff and coordinators for the 2016 season.
News, Notes and Rumors
• Carl Edwards Jr. is expected to compete for a spot in the Cubs’ bullpen in the spring according to a report from Gordon Wittenmyer.
• FanGraphs Crowd: The Top 82 Free Agents
• According to John Manuel, the NL Central has become baseball’s best division.
• Scott Miller previewed a most intriguing 2015-16 MLB off-season.
• The Dodgers do not have a manager yet, but Rick Honeycutt has decided to stay on as the team’s pitching coach. Honeycutt signed a two-year contract according to Jon Heyman. Honeycutt will be working with his fourth different manager in Los Angeles. During his time with the Dodgers, Honeycutt has been on the staffs of Grady Little, Joe Torre and Don Mattingly.
• And speaking of the Dodgers, the Andrew Friedman and the front office declined the options on Bronson Arroyo, Joel Peralta and Chase Utley.
This Day In Cubstory
2013 – Cubs named Rick Renteria the 53rd manager in Cubs history
2012 – Cubs signed free agent Blake Parker
2004 – Nomar Garciaparra signed a one-year, $8 million contract with the Cubs
2001 – Cubs granted free agency to Ron Coomer, Eric Young and Kevin Tapani
1999 – Cubs singed free agent Alan Zinter
1979 – Bruce Sutter won the National League Cy Young Award. Sutter saved 37 of the Cubs’ 80 victories.
1976 – Les Walrond, born
1974 – Glendon Rusch. Born
1973 – Cubs traded Glenn Beckert and Bobby Fenwick to the Padres for Jerry Morales
1958 – Reggie Patterson, born
1941 – Clarence Jones, born
1928 – Cubs acquired Rogers Hornsby from the Braves for Fred Maguire, Doc Leggett, Percy Jones, Harry Siebold, Bruce Cunningham and $200,000.