Normally, when someone quits using tobacco, it's cause for rejoicing.
Texas Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton quit using smokeless tobacco during the season -- and now he is getting chewed out by team CEO Nolan Ryan.
"You would've liked to have thought that if he was going to do that, that he would've done it in the off-season or waited until this off-season to do it," Ryan told ESPN Dallas radio.
"So the drastic effect that it had on him and the year that he was having up to (the point) when he did quit, you'd have liked that he would've taken a different approach to that."
Hamilton, a pending free agent, was the AL player of the month in April and May then gave up tobacco in June. The 31-year-old hit only .177 in July and had 16 homers during the second half of the season after hitting 27 during the first half.
AUSMUS ON SOX' LIST
The Boston Red Sox plan to interview Brad Ausmus next week for their managerial vacancy.
They also have scheduled a meeting with Los Angeles Dodgers third-base coach Tim Wallach.
Ausmus, 43, a former catcher who spent most of his career with the Houston Astros, has not managed in the majors. However, he did run Israel's team at the World Baseball Classic.
Wallach, 55, a former Montreal Expos third baseman, managed the Dodgers' triple-A team in 2009 and 2010.
ONLY $15.5M FOR JETER PAD
Derek Jeter has sold his Trump Tower penthouse in New York for $15.5 million.
The New York Yankees shortstop paid $12.72 million for the unit in 2001, so the profit margin wasn't huge given that he owned it for 11 years.
"You would think they (the brokers) would get a higher price based on Derek Jeter's name alone," one broker told the New York Post.
Bench coach Tom Runnels and triple-A manager Stu Cole are considered among the leading candidates for the job as Colorado Rockies manager. Sandy Alomar Jr., Brad Ausmus and Tim Wallach also have been reported as candidates to replace Jim Tracy, who resigned Sunday ... Cleveland Indians outfielder Michael Brantley had surgery Thursday for a sports hernia. The 25-year-old had a .288 average with six homers and 60 RBI this season. He should be at 100% before spring training ... Apparently Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia had trouble with both pinky fingers this season. Pedroia played the final game of the season with a broken left pinky, which is healing, he said. But he had surgery this week to repair a torn ligament in his right pinky, which he had injured July 29, WEEI.com reported.