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St. Claire to be retained as Nationals pitching coach PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 16 October 2006 03:50
St. ClaireThe Washington Nationals today announced that pitching coach Randy St. Claire will be retained for the 2007 season.  The club also notified its other coaches that positions on the 2007 staff will be filled after the ongoing managerial search is completed. Nationals Vice President and General Manager Jim Bowden made the announcement.
 
Angels Raise Price of Almost All Tickets PDF Print E-mail
Written by The Staff   
Sunday, 15 October 2006 13:28

AngelsThe cost of going to an Angels game next year will be higher in almost all cases, and in the case of premium seats, the cost may be considerably higher.

The Angels also removed about 9,300 seats from the "buy two, get two free" season-ticket program.

The reasoning for the dropping of the program was cited by Robert Alvarado, the Angels' director of marketing and ticket sales, as a case of those purchasing the tickets taking advantage of the secondary ticket market.

As reported:

"It made it very inexpensive to buy seats and conveniently dump them," he said.

The "buy two, get two free" program will remain available — with no price increase — for about 4,200 less-desirable seats on the view level, generally above the foul poles. Under that program, seats priced at $15 and $12 can be purchased for $7.50 and $6, respectively.

The Diamond Club seats, sold for $82.50 this year, will jump to $125 for the first row, $104 for the next five rows and $93 elsewhere. The seats behind the dugout on the field level, sold this year at $49.50 for the first row and $42 otherwise, will jump to $58 for the first row, $52 for the next five rows and $46 otherwise.

All other seat prices will be raised from $1 to $4. Single game-day prices have not yet been announced.

(The LA Times)

 
Chances of A's relocation: "9.5 out of 10" PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 14 October 2006 12:00

Lew WolffBefore Game 4 of the ALCS, Lew Wolff was asked a number of questions ranging from taking the tarp off the upper deck ("If we get back to Oakland," he said with a smile, "I'll open the (upper) deck and sit up there myself, if that's incentive enough." The upper deck was not supposed to be open till the World Series... if they had made it.) to relocation within Alameda Co.

On the latter, it was reported:

Wolff was asked, on a scale of 1 to 10, the chances of the A's relocating to Fremont. He wouldn't answer. But when the question was worded more vaguely -- the chances of relocating elsewhere in the Bay Area -- he said "9.5." His focus remains Fremont, and he is planning to make an announcement to that effect in the offseason.

(The San Francisco Chronicle

 
Farrell expected to be new Red Sox pitching coach PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 14 October 2006 04:28

Red SoxJohn Farrell, who is currently serving as the Cleveland Indians' director of player development, is the likely sucessor to Dave Wallace as the new pitching coach for the Boston Red Sox.

Dave Magadan, the hitting coach for the Padres, has been brought on by the Red Sox as well, in an undetermined role.

As reported:

Magadan attended Sox meetings in Boston late last week and was asked his opinion on players. If he does not hire Magadan as hitting coach, Epstein, who was with Magadan while working in baseball operations for the Padres, could use him as a special assignment scout or evaluator.

Cleveland GM Mark Shapiro, who would only confirm that Farrell had interviewed with the Sox, was lavish in his praise of the former righthander, who had a career record of 36-46 in the big leagues from 1987-96. He and Francona were Indians teammates in 1988, and later worked together in 2001 in Cleveland, where Francona served as a special assistant in baseball operations to then-GM John Hart.

"He's an impact guy, a very special, unique guy because of his communication skills, presence, experience, and skill set," Shapiro said. ``He's had an impact on every guy in the organization. Hands on, he helped [rookie Fausto] Carmona get through what he had to deal with this season, and if you noticed, Carmona finished strong. Jason Davis's development . . . Jeremy Sowers . . .

"This is a guy, his ceiling is so unique, he could be an impact general manager or an impact pitching coach."

(The Boston Globe

 
Yankees fire advance scouts Taylor, Cottier PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 13 October 2006 12:00

YankeesIn a move that had been coming for some time, the Yankees have fired their advance scouts, Chuck Cottier and Wade Taylor. Ken Davidoff of Newsday reports that the move was"not [the] result solely from Cottier's and Taylor's work in preparation for the Yankees' American League Division Series against the Tigers."

As reported:

I have no animosity toward the organization," Taylor told Newsday. "That's baseball."

Taylor said Yankees general manager Brian Cashman informed him Wednesday that he and Cottier won't be retained and that the Yankees will enter 2007 without advance scouts. Cashman confirmed the decision on the two scouts but said the Yankees will use advance scouts next season.

Taylor, 40, the Yankees' advance scout since 1996, pitched for the Yankees in 1991. Cottier, 70, worked on and off with Taylor, rejoining him for good in 2002. Cottier managed the Mariners from 1984 through 1986 and also coached for the Mets and other teams.

(Newsday

 
White Sox fire Raines. Guillen to Return PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 13 October 2006 11:06

Tim RainesTim Raines has been fired after one season as the bench coach for the Chicago White Sox. Raines took the blame for the losses incurred this season that prevented the 2005 World Series Champions from getting back to the post season.

Raines was hired in November 2004, serving as a first base coach in 2005. An All-Star player, he played for 23 seasons with the Expos, White Sox, Yankees, A's, Orioles, and Marlins. 

The team also announced that the rest of the staff, including manager Ozzie Guillen, hitting coach Greg Walker and pitching coach Don Cooper, all will return for 2007.

(The AP )

 
Selig Considers Changes for the Postseason PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 13 October 2006 10:45

SeligCommissioner Selig said today that in the off-season he would consider changes to the postseason format next year. One facet of the postseason that will most likely not be changing will be the 5 game format for the Division Series.

Matters that Selig said he would consider:

  • He would like to see at least one World Series game played during the day.
  • To place some advantages back into winning a respective Division, give Wild Card teams less home games in the postseason.
  • On cutting the season down to 154 games: "I'm a devotee of the 154-game season, but nobody wants to cut the regular season," he said. "I don't see it."

As reported:

Major League Baseball has the chance to re-examine the postseason schedule next year because the new television contract mandates that the World Series start on Tuesday, rather than a weekend.

As a result, three additional off-days probably will be inserted into either the playoffs or regular season. That would give baseball a chance to expand the first round -- as it stands, however, officials seem to be leaning toward adding a travel day between Games 4 and 5.

Selig touted the Wild Card as a great addition to the game, however, he added that going to 8 playoff teams was out of the question, at this time.

"I can't imagine, given the abuse I took, that anybody can imagine this sport without wild cards," he said. "The only question I get now is, 'Why aren't there more?"'

(The AP

 
Bochy out with Padres, in with Cubs? PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 13 October 2006 03:19

Bruce BochyWhile there has been talk of Joe Girardi and Lou Piniella, the man that may jump to the front of the candidates for the Cubs managerial opening is still employed.

There have been several reports that Padres manager Bruce Bochy is being granted permission to talk to other clubs, with the Cubs being one club that has requested contact with Bochy. Bochy has managed the Padres to back-to-back National League West titles.

This entry on The Biz of Baseball comes with question marks as the article reports:

It has appeared Piniella is the front-runner, but Bochy's possible availability has slowed that talk. One source said the Cubs were hedging a decision until they checked further into the Bochy situation, citing Hendry's reported effort to interview Bochy in 2002 before settling on Dusty Baker.

Adding further to the new scenario Thursday was a report on foxsports.com that the Padres would grant permission for Bochy to talk with other clubs, even though his team just won back-to-back National League West titles and he has a year remaining on his contract at $1.9 million. Bochy, 51, has a .494 winning percentage in 12 seasons.

The report could not be confirmed. It is not even known if another club has contacted the Padres because Bochy's most logical landing place would be with the Cubs. And sources insist the Cubs had not contacted the Padres as of Thursday evening.

 

(The Chicago Tribune

 
Dodgers' VP of Scouting Quits PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 13 October 2006 01:27

DodgersRoy Smith, the Dodgers' vice-president of scouting and player development resigned yesterday. Smith was hired before the start of the 2004 season by Paul DePodesta, and Smith cited uncertainty over his role with the new regime under new GM Ned Colletti. The resignation was not forced.

As reported:

 "We sat and talked and it was the time to do it," Smith said. "I felt like I needed a change. The way things were going, not that it's wrong, but personally I felt it was time to move on.

"There were a lot of reasons. Ned was fine. He was great with me and we had a respectful talk."

Colletti said he was surprised by Smith's departure and does not plan to hire a replacement soon, if at all.

"I believed our relationship was solid," he said. "A lot of what we accomplished, Roy was part of. I'm sad, but I can understand it."

Smith was assistant general manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates from 1999 to 2004 and pitched in the majors for eight seasons.

(The LA Times

 
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