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Torre to be Fired as Yankees Manager? PDF Print E-mail
Written by The Staff   
Sunday, 08 October 2006 02:46

Joe TorreIs Joe Torre's time with the NY Yankees over? The NY Daily News is reporting that Torre will be most likely let go after 11 years with the club. The article also cites that Alex Rodriguez "figures to be shopped on the trade market," as well.

The actions may come after, what many saw as the greatest offensive team ever, fall to the Detroit Tigers in the ALDS. The Yankees won Game 1 of the series but lost the next three.

As reported:

Afterward, Torre choked up on the interview room podium before composing himself. Like others, he seemed stunned. Critics wondered why he did not play Melky Cabrera earlier in the series or how he could use a neophyte first baseman such as Gary Sheffield in the playoffs, but the overriding fact was that the $200 million Yankees were overflowing with talent and it still wasn't even close to enough.

"I'm stunned," GM Brian Cashman said. "This team fooled me, to some degree."

That could be taken as a sign that changes are imminent, but Cashman gave no sign that Torre's situation was tenuous and the Yankee skipper did not offer any indication that he was concerned about his fate.

"What can the manager do? It is not his job to play the game for us," Mariano Rivera said. "It is the players who play."

(The NY Daily News)

 

 
Dick Wagner Dead at 78 PDF Print E-mail
Written by The Staff   
Saturday, 07 October 2006 03:18

Our condolences to the Wagner family... 

Dick Wagner, the former GM and President of the Cincinnati Reds and Astros has died from complications due to a car accident in 1999. Wagner was 78.

Wagner joined the Reds in 1967 as Assistant GM, a position he held till 1978 (official titles during this time were: Assistant to Executive Vice President ('67-'73) Assistant to President (1974), Vice President, Administrative ('75-'76), Executive Vice President and General Manager (1977)).

On February 2, 1978, Wagner became GM of the Reds, a position he held under different titles until he left the club in 1983 (official title during this time was President and Chief Executive Officer). Wagner was hired on September 13, 1985 by the Astros, where he was the GM (official title President and General Manager). He resigned from the club on October 23, 1987.

As reported:

"Dick Wagner dedicated his life to the game of baseball," Commissioner Bud Selig said in a statement released on Friday evening. "He played an integral role with the Cincinnati Reds during the heyday of the 'Big Red Machine', serving as general manager and later president of the club during the late-1970s and early '80s. After a term as the president of the Houston Astros in the early '90s, at my request, he oversaw our New York offices and helped build our organization to what it is today.

"All of us in baseball will miss him. My sympathies and condolences go out to his wife, Gloria, and to his family and friends. Baseball has lost another of its true gentlemen."

The Reds won consecutive World Series championships in 1975-76 with Wagner and general manager Bob Howsam as the architects. When Howsam stepped aside following the 1977 season, Wagner assumed control of the Reds' baseball operations.

An opponent of the free agent movement, Wagner tried to stem the rising tide of expensive player salaries and was part of one of the more difficult eras in the club's history. Big Red Machine stalwarts Pete Rose, George Foster and Don Gullett left the club and popular manager Sparky Anderson was dismissed.

(MLB.com)

 
Terry Pendleton to Inverview with Nats PDF Print E-mail
Written by The Staff   
Friday, 06 October 2006 12:00

Terry PendletonTerry Pendleton will interview this coming week with the Washington Nationals. The Nationals fired Frank Robinson on September 30th and plan to interview Lou Pinella and Joe Girardi, as well, for the vacancy.

As reported:

The Nationals received permission from Braves general manager John Schuerholz to talk to Pendleton, 46, a former National League MVP who has served five seasons as Atlanta's hitting coach. He's scheduled to meet next week with Nationals general manager Jim Bowden, who will come to Atlanta for the interview.

A person familiar with the situation said Pendleton, who has three children ages 5, 14 and 16, would have to be "blown away" by any offer before he'd consider leaving Atlanta, where his family lives year-round.

The Los Angeles native was a leading candidate for the Dodgers' managerial post last year, but Pendleton pulled out before the final interview, citing his desire to be with his family in Atlanta during the season.

(The Atlanta Journal -Constitution)

 

 
Nethery named assistant GM of Reds PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 06 October 2006 06:31
RedsCincinnati Reds general manager Wayne Krivsky yesterday named Scott Nethery assistant GM, senior director of professional scouting.

Nethery was hired by Krivsky on February 12 as special assistant to the general manager/player personnel.

Before his hiring by the Reds Nethery spent the 2005 season with the New York Mets, first as a special assignment and professional scout and then as a special assistant to general manager Omar Minaya.

From 1991-2004 Nethery worked for the Atlanta Braves in a variety of roles. He joined that organization as an area scouting supervisor, served as a regional supervisor in 1993 and 1994 and became one of the club's Major League and advance scouts in '95. In October 2000 he was promoted to special assistant to Braves GM John Schuerholz and served in that capacity until he was hired by the Mets.

Nethery began his professional scouting career in 1987 as an area scout for the Major League Scouting Bureau before joining the Seattle Mariners in 1990 in the same capacity. The Houston native earned bachelor and master's degrees from Texas Tech, where he lettered 3 years in baseball.

In 1986 and 1987 he served as an assistant coach at Duke University before joining the professional scouting ranks.
 
DRays to Continue Free Parking in '07 PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 06 October 2006 05:14
Devil RaysRays Principal Owner Stuart Sternberg announced on Thursday that the Tampa Bay Devil Rays will once again provide free parking for the 2007 season.

One year ago, upon assuming control of the organization, Mr. Sternberg eliminated the $10.00 per vehicle parking fee on team-controlled parking lots at Tropicana Field for all home games during the 2006 season. Today, he extended free parking for a second and final season.

"For one more season, we are foregoing parking revenue. This is an investment in our future. Free parking enhances the accessibility of our home games. It compels fans to come visit Tropicana Field, where they will have a fantastic experience," Sternberg said.

"I am very encouraged by the region's response to all of our initiatives. It has only solidified my confidence in our collective ability to build and sustain a franchise of which we can all be proud."
 
Judge Releases Anderson PDF Print E-mail
Written by The Staff   
Thursday, 05 October 2006 06:10

 Barry Bonds' personal trainer, Greg Anderson, was released from prison today due to what U.S. District Judge William Alsup deemed a "snafu" regarding the courts findings prior.

"This snafu has arisen by an apparent failure by the court to be clear of its findings," Alsup said.

As reported:

Anderson, who served three months in prison and three months of home detention for his conviction, has appealed his contempt jailing on several fronts, including that his plea deal prevented him from having to cooperate with authorities.

Alsup has dismissed his claims, but the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeal sent Anderson's appeal back to the judge to clarify the original contempt order, which might have averted Anderson's release.

Anderson, 40, could be returned to prison when the appeals court affirms the Aug. 28 contempt citation. 

(The AP) 

 
Steinbrenner: "I think we should have played" PDF Print E-mail
Written by The Staff   
Thursday, 05 October 2006 05:27

SteinbrennerTiger fans aren't the only ones upset that the Game 2 of the Yankees v. Tigers series didn't get in last night due to rainout. Yankees owner George Steinbrenner was not happy, as well.

"I think we should have played," Steinbrenner said upon leaving the stadium. "We should have made up our minds earlier."

Calling the game due to rain occurred when there was no rain falling at all. At one point, the grounds crew pulled the tarp off, only to immediately pull it back on the infield. As reported:

Many of the Yankees were dressed by the time reporters were allowed in the clubhouse a few minutes past 10, and manager Joe Torre already had left without addressing the media.

That was about the time the Tigers were beginning to fume, believing they were told the news much later than the Yankees.

"At 9:35, they said 10 o'clock start," Detroit reliever Todd Jones said. "Then Justin [Verlander] goes out there and starts throwing and not one Yankee was out there. They went from, 'We're going at 10 o'clock,' to six minutes later, 'The game is canceled.' And it hasn't really rained hard out there? Is that what I'm hearing?"

 (The Baltimore Sun)

 
Astros Extend Garner's Contract PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 05 October 2006 01:13

Phil GarnerPhil Garner will manage the Houston Astros for at least two more season. With his contract set to expire after next season, Astros GM Tim Purpura worked to get the extension.

"I feel very comfortable with Phil. We work well together and that has grown this past season," Purpura said. "I have a comfort level with what Phil is doing, a comfort level with how he goes about his business."

"You feel like you have a partner in this," Purpura said. "I think you have to have those kinds of relationships."

Astros owner Drayton McLane Jr. backed the extension.

"Our goal has always been to bring a World Series championship to Houston, and we have come closer to reaching that goal under Phil's tenure as manager than at any other point in the history of the franchise," McLane said.

 (The AP)

 
McClatchy to continue running Pirates PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 04 October 2006 10:48

McClatchyKevin McClatchy will remain CEO of the Pittsburgh Pirates. The announcement was made today. "The board and the partnership group are completely supportive of Kevin and his executive team," said board of directors chairman Bob Nutting, the son of G. Ogden Nutting, the majority owner of the franchise. "We've made great strides on the business side of our organization and we're extremely encouraged by the team's performance during the second half of the season."

The Pirates haven't had a winning season since McClatchy came on-board in 1996. The Pirates finished with a 67-95 (.414) season, second worst in the NL, and fourth worse in all of MLB ahead of only the Royals, Devil Rays, and Cubs.

As reported:

Despite playing in a ballpark that was funded largely by tax dollars, the privately held Pirates do not reveal how much profit they make. Revenue sharing money paid by larger market clubs and other income, such as advertising, is believed to have been enough to cover the team's approximately $47 million payroll this season even before ticket revenue was added.

McClatchy's focus will continue to be improving the on-field performance. The Pirates have had 89 losses or more eight times in 11 seasons since McClatchy's group bought them.

"I am committed to leading this organization to success in all aspects of our business," McClatchy said. "There is no question our on-field record has been extremely frustrating and disappointing for everyone in the Pirates organization. But we've worked very hard over the last several years to improve."

Besides running the Pirates, McClatchy is a member of Major League Baseball's executive council and the labor and international committees.

With the announcement, many expect the Pirates to continue their losing ways on the field. No major roster moves are expected in the off-season, even though many clubs, such as the Blue Jays and Angels have said they are already gearing up for increased player payroll spending this off-season.

Under McClatchy's tenure the Pirates have never finished above .500. They are a combined 783-996 (.440) since he became CEO in 1996.

(The AP)

 
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