Mark McGwire is getting another swing at the Baseball Hall of Fame. The former slugger who admitted using steroids joins former commissioner Bud Selig, the late New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner, former Dodgers pitcher Orel Hershiser and manager Davey Johnson, and five others on the Today’s Game Era ballot to be considered for election.
The ballot is part of changes to the election process announced by the Hall in July. It includes five players, three executives and two managers who made their biggest impact from 1988 on. Harold Baines, Albert Belle, Will Clark, Lou Piniella and John Schuerholz round out the list of 2017 candidates. Voting is Dec. 5; to be enshrined, candidates must receive votes on at least 75% of ballots cast by a 16-member Today’s Game Era committee.
The Arizona Diamondbacks parted ways with general manager Dave Stewart and manager Chip Hale after a 69-93 season. Chief baseball officer Tony La Russa will return in an “appropriate role,” the team said. Stewart and La Russa engineered a winter makeover that included signing pitcher Zack Greinke for $206 million and trading the organization’s top prospect for pitcher Shelby Miller. But Arizona won 10 fewer games than in 2015.
Barry Bonds is out as Miami Marlins hitting coach after one season. The Miami Herald reported third base coach Lenny Harris and bullpen coach Reid Cornelius also were dropped from Manager Don Mattingly’s staff. Miami scored only 655 runs under the all-time home run king’s tutelage, 13th in the National League.
Walt Weiss is out as Colorado manager after a 75-87 season, the Rockies’ best since 2010. The team said Weiss, who’d clashed with General Manager Jeff Bridich, chose to step down, but he had no job to return to after his contract expired.
The Chicago White Sox officially promoted former Cubs manager Rick Ren- teria from bench coach to manager, a day after Robin Ventura resigned.