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Lyons to keep part-time job with Dodgers PDF Print E-mail
Media News (Television, Radio, Internet)
Written by The Staff   
Tuesday, 17 October 2006 01:16

Steve LyonsSteve Lyons, who was fired from Fox for what the broadcast network called a racially insensitive comment during Game 4 of the ALCS will be retained as as a part-time television commentator for the Dodgers.

Lyons would undergo diversity training and has been given probationary guidelines as part of the agreement. Of the training, Lyons said, "I'm happy to do it."

As reported:

Of the probationary guidelines, he said, "They give the Dodgers the right to fire me if there are any other transgressions, but I think they'd have that right anyway."

It's believed Lyons was making about $500,000 a year from Fox and the Dodgers, with about three-fourths of that from Fox.

"I'm taking a big financial hit," Lyons said, "but I'm thrilled and proud to continue as a voice of the Dodgers."

(The LA Times)

To read Maury Brown's interview with Steve Lyons, select the link here on The Biz of Baseball.

 
Red Sox hire Farrell to be pitching coach PDF Print E-mail
MLB News
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Tuesday, 17 October 2006 01:04

Red SoxJohn Farrell, the former director of player development for the Cleveland Indians, was hired as the new pitching coach for the Red Sox yesterday. His long-standing relationship with manager Terry Francona was considered one of the deciding factors in the hiring.

As reported:

Farrell, whose hiring was officially announced by the Sox yesterday, was a teammate of Francona's with the Indians in 1988, and they were together in Detroit in 1996, when Farrell pitched for the Tigers and Francona was third base coach.

Farrell, 44, had an outstanding record as a farm director with the Indians, who were named Organization of the Year by USA Today in 2003 and 2004 and were cited by Baseball America in 2003 as having the best farm system in baseball.

"We think he's going to make a real impact in this organization," said Epstein, the Sox general manager. ``We think he's going to help us win. Tito and I are very excited to have him on board. Can't wait to get started working with him."

The Sox will have to decide whether Al Nipper is a fit with Farrell to remain as the bullpen coach. Nipper took over as interim pitching coach for Dave Wallace last winter, when Wallace needed hip surgery that kept him sidelined most of the season.

(The Boston Globe)

 
It's Official: Cubs hire Piniella PDF Print E-mail
MLB News
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Tuesday, 17 October 2006 00:57

Lou PiniellaAs reported early yesterday, Lou Piniella has been hired to manage the Chicago Cubs. He replaces Dusty Baker who was fired earlier this month. Terms of the deal are $10 million over 3 years, with a club option for a fourth year in 2010.  Piniella will be introduced to the media on Tuesday afternoon at Wrigley Field.

As reported:

I really feel strongly that Lou is the perfect guy for the task right now," general manager Jim Hendry said. "I think he's very enthusiastic about the opportunity. The winning record, from the first game he played to the last game he managed, speaks for itself."

Hendry lauded Piniella's intensity, calling him a "great fit for the city and for the organization, from top to bottom." He was secure enough in his job to give Piniella one more guaranteed year on his contract than he has on his own (Hendry was extended through 2008 last April).

Changing the culture of a franchise synonymous with losing, and fast-forwarding a turnaround after a 96-loss season and the worst record in the National League, are gargantuan tasks for the man they call "Sweet Lou." But he managed to do just that in Seattle, where the Mariners went from a sad-sack expansion team to a frequent postseason contender during his 10-year stay.

(The Chicago Tribune

 
Bradenton Pro Baseball to Unveil Name & Logo PDF Print E-mail
Independent League News
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Friday, 13 October 2006 12:00
South Coast LeagueBradenton's professional baseball team has a name thanks to hundreds of suggestions from the community. That calls for a celebration!

 

The name and team logo will be unveiled at a public ceremony beginning at noon, Saturday October 21, in the food court at the DeSoto Square Mall. Then, starting at 8 pm that same night, the team invites everyone to join in a celebration at a World Series party at the Sport Legends Bar and Grill, 4822 14th Street West in Bradenton.

 

Bradenton Baseball officials reached out to the people of the greater-Manatee area to gather suggestions for the team's new moniker with a "Name the Team" contest. The community stepped to the plate in a big way and submitted more than a thousand entries of catchy names for Bradenton's newest entry into the pro sports scene.

 

"The response of the fans was truly overwhelming," said Omar Roque, vice president of Florida Operations for the South Coast League. "We believe this a great indication of just how strongly the area will support professional baseball in Bradenton in 2007."

 

The "Name the Team" contest winner will be announced at the unveiling ceremony. That lucky person will receive two 2007 season tickets, Bradenton Baseball Merchandise and the right to present the 2007 Opening Day lineup Card to the umpire prior to the start of the game.

 

The team hopes everyone will join their celebration party at Sport Legends Saturday night. The World Series will be playing on the big screens. Between innings, promotions and contests will be held with many great prizes up for grabs.

 

SATURDAY, OCT. 21

NOON- NAME & LOGO UNVEILING, DESOTO SQUARE MALL

8 PM- CELEBRATION, SPORT LEGENDS BAR & GRILL

The Bradenton ball club will take the field at Robert C. Wynn Field located on the campus of Manatee Community College. Unlike minor league teams that are affiliated, the Independent Bradenton franchise will be responsible for scouting, signing and paying their own players. Offering fan-friendly, affordable fun, they will join five other charter franchises to begin South Coast League play in May of 2007.

 
Howe, Lopes, Williams hired by Phillies PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 16 October 2006 15:54

The Phillies today assembled an all-star cast of former managers as coaches for the club.

Art Howe (Astros, A's, Mets), Davey Lopes (Brewers) and Jimy Williams (Blue Jays, Red Sox, Astros) each signed a one-year contract Monday to join Jerry Manuel's staff, making it one of the most star studded coaching staffs in recent memory.

As reported:

"They have instant credibility," general manager Pat Gillick said. "Hopefully the players listen to their ideas."

Two days after the Phillies finished 85-77 and narrowly missed the playoffs for the second straight year, the team didn't renew the contracts of first-base coach Marc Bombard, third-base coach Bill Dancy and bench coach Gary Varsho.

Instead, Gillick gave the beleaguered Manuel an opportunity to reshape his staff going into the final season of his three-year contract. Manuel's managing skills have come under intense scrutiny in Philadelphia since he replaced Larry Bowa following the 2004 season.

Manuel led the Phillies to within one game of wild-card winner Houston last year. This season, he helped them overcome a poor start and midseason roster purge to stay in contention for a playoff spot until the next-to-last game.

When Manuel was asked if he was worried about his job being in jeopardy with such high profile former managers under him, Manuel replied, "Why wouldn't we want to have the best possible people we can have," he said. "I feel good about it because I think we have the best possible staff."

(The AP)

 
Game 5 of the NLCS postponed due to rain PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 16 October 2006 10:27

GAME 5 OF NATIONAL LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES POSTPONED 

Game 5 of the National League Championship Series between the New York Mets and the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium in St. Louis has been postponed due to inclement weather. The game will be made up on Tuesday night, with a first pitch time of 8:19 p.m. (ET).

FOX Sports and ESPN Radio will carry the game live on Tuesday.

 
A's fire Macha PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 16 October 2006 09:05

Ken MachaKen Macha has been fired as manager of the Oakland A's. This in spite of guiding the club past the first round of the playoffs for the first time since 1990.

As reported earlier today, the reasons seemed to be poor communications with players, as well as what some players called a "calloiusness" when it came to players with injuries. 

As reported:

Macha, 50, had two years remaining on his contract — a deal he agreed to last off-season after rejecting the A's initial three-year offer and pursuing other options. His overuse of relievers was another source of contention with Beane, and according to the Chronicle, Macha also displayed a callous attitude toward injured players.

The A's beat the Twins in the ALDS — their first triumph in five postseason series under Beane — but were swept by the Tigers in the American League Championship Series, four games to none.

(Fox Sports)

 
MLB/Reebok to offer custom footwear PDF Print E-mail
MLB News
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Monday, 16 October 2006 07:48
Reebok MLB ShoesMLB PROPERTIES, REEBOK TO OFFER FANS CUSTOMIZED FOOTWEAR

New Reebok Platform Marks First Time Licensed, Customized Shoes Sold Online

Major League Baseball Properties is joining with licensee Reebok International, the MLB Authentic Collection official supplier of footwear, to give fans the opportunity to design customized footwear with their favorite Major League Baseball Club logos and colors. The new platform, which launched today, marks the first time that MLB licensed shoes can be customized online.

Fans visiting the site, www.RBKCUSTOM.com, can customize every inch of their shoes – from the tongues to the soles. Design options include: multiple team logo options, including current and vintage marks and designs; 16+ leather materials; contrast stitching options; and personalizing with the wearer’s name on the back heel. RBKCustom provides consumers with the opportunity to customize with features such as heel clips, lace eyelets and sole types.

“Major League Baseball is thrilled to expand our relationship with Reebok to offer fans the chance to express their avidity and passion for their favorite Clubs through custom MLB shoes,” said Howard Smith, Senior Vice President, Licensing, Major League Baseball Properties. “Reebok brings a level of excellence to its product and service, which gives MLB great pride and confidence in offering this new service to our fans.”
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Piniella to become manager of the Cubs PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 16 October 2006 07:33

Lou PiniellaESPN Radio and the Associated Press are reporting that Lou Piniella will be introduced as the new manager of the Chicago Cubs as early as today.  Piniella is currently a broadcaster for the Fox network.
 
Piniella would replace Dusty Baker, who is at the end of a four-year contract.  Piniella has managed the Yankees, Mariners, Tampa Bay, and led the Cincinnati Reds to the World Series championship in 1990.  While in Seattle, he led the Mariners to an AL record-tying 116 wins.

As reported:

Piniella received a three-year contract, according to another AP source. The sources spoke on condition of anonymity because the hiring has not been announced. The hiring was first reported by ESPN radio. 

(The AP)

 
New CBA by the World Series? PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 16 October 2006 04:25

Bill Madden of the New York Daily News reports that we may be on the verge of a tentative agreement on a new labor deal, months in advance of the Dec. 19th deadline.  

As Madden reports:

According to sources familiar with the negotiations, the owners and players have reached a tentative agreement on a new labor deal which will be announced by Selig at the World Series next week.

(The New York Daily News

 
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