I’m sorry, but anytime Richie Hebner is not gainfully employed, it is a sad commentary on our society. From Marc Topkin and Eduardo A. Encina of the St. Petersberg Times.

A disappointing and controversy-marred season cost Triple-A manager John Tamargo, coaches Joe Coleman and Richie Hebner and trainer Tom Tisdale their jobs.

The Devil Rays said Saturday none of the four would have his contract renewed, part of a housecleaning that included minor-league pitching coordinator Jerry Nyman and three veteran scouts.

Executive vice president Andrew Friedman said the unusually high number of disciplinary incidents was “definitely a contributing factor” but not “the overriding factor” in the decisions.

The International League title will be contested by the Toledo Mud Hens and Rochester Red Wings, with their best-of-5 series commencing Tuesday night at Frontier Field. Rochester advanced with last night’s 2-0 defeat of Scranton Wilkes-Barre, as the Wings’ Glen Perkins and Francisco Liriano (above, 3 IP) combined on a one hitter. The latter is due to start for Minnesota against Oakland on Wednesday.

If last night’s events in Miami are anything to go by, Ryan Howard might walk 200 times next year.