By Sean McAdam
It's widely expected that Ben Cherington, whose historywith the organization pre-dates Theo Epstein's, will be named as the team'snext general manager if Epstein leaves for Chicago.
Cherington has an extensive scoutingand player development background and served as co-GM with Jed Hoyer --now the general manager of the San Diego Padres -- when Epstein leftthe Red Sox for three months after the 2005 season.
It'sworth noting, too, that Cherington has been in on a number ofhigh-level meetings with team ownership since the Red Sox' seasoncrashed and burned on the final day of the season.
Cheringtonwas involved as ownership met with Terry Francona two days after theseason to determine his future. After the Sox and Francona agreed topart company, Cherington joined Epstein in briefing ownership onpotential managerial replacements, an indication of the trust ownershiphas in him.
Promoting Cherington would also provide aseamless transition as the Sox move on from the Epstein era and begintheir search for a new manager.
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One White House tradition will have to wait, if it’s in fact maintained.
President Donald Trump is not going to throw out a ceremonial first pitch for the Washington Nationals this season, according to the Washington Post.
Post reporter Barry Svrugula wrote on Twitter on Tuesday that the White House declined an invitation from the Nats.
POLITICO reported early Tuesday morning that Trump was in talks to throw out the first pitch and that it was also possible he could spend an inning in the MASN booth.
President William Howard Taft began the custom of U.S. presidents throwing out a first pitch on April 14, 1910, at National Stadium in D.C.
According to The Week:
“Since Taft, every president not named Jimmy Carter has thrown out at least one Opening Day first pitch. The executive guests of honor followed in Taft's hefty footsteps, throwing the first ball from the stands, until the late 1980s when Ronald Reagan sauntered onto the mound and improved upon the tradition."
The most famous presidential pitch in recent memory is George W. Bush’s toss during the 2001 World Series at Yankee Stadium.
The Nats open their season on Monday at home in Washington D.C., in a 1:05 p.m. game against the Miami Marlins. A Nationals Magic 8 Ball is to be given away to the first 20,000 fans.
The Red Sox happen to play the Nats in a pair of exhibitions right before the season, on Friday and Saturday. Friday’s game is at the Nats’ home park in D.C. Saturday’s game is to be played in Annapolis, Md., at the U.S. Naval Academy.
Evan Drellich talks with Toucher and Rich about who the starting catcher will be and should be for the Red Sox. Christian Vazquez appears to be all the way back from Tommy John surgery. Can he hit?