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 Posted: Mon Sep 30th, 2013 05:20 pm
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The Cubs fired Dale Sveum.



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srossi wrote: The Cubs fired Dale Sveum.

Yep.

http://www.suntimes.com/22886948-761/cubs-fire-dale-sveum.html

Cubs fire Dale Sveum

BY GORDON WITTENMYER Staff Reporter September 30, 2013 11:06AM

Let the Joe Girardi talks begin.

Only two years into Theo Epstein’s overhaul of the Cubs organization, the team president fired Dale Sveum on Monday.

It’s a move anticipated by many since Epstein left open the possibility when asked about his manager’s status two weeks ago.

Communication and player development issues were at the crux of concerns the front office had with Sveum, who had been the Boston Red Sox third base coach while Epstein was the general manager there.

Attention now turns to hometown favorite Girardi, the Yankees manager whose contract is up and who has expressed strong interest in returning home for the Cubs job for several years.

Sveum finishes his first full-time managing job with a 127-197 record and a year remaining on his original contract. The Cubs are believed to be on the hook for roughly $1 million left on the deal.



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clawmaster wrote:
Let the Joe Girardi talks begin.


Girardi shot this down pretty hard this weekend, saying that he has virtually no connection to Chicago anymore since his parents died and if he isn't back with the Yankees he could see himself taking a year off.  Either way, he says there's no particular reason why he would be drawn to the Cubs.



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srossi wrote: clawmaster wrote:
Let the Joe Girardi talks begin.


Girardi shot this down pretty hard this weekend, saying that he has virtually no connection to Chicago anymore since his parents died and if he isn't back with the Yankees he could see himself taking a year off.  Either way, he says there's no particular reason why he would be drawn to the Cubs.

Everybody has a price.



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clawmaster wrote: srossi wrote: clawmaster wrote:
Let the Joe Girardi talks begin.


Girardi shot this down pretty hard this weekend, saying that he has virtually no connection to Chicago anymore since his parents died and if he isn't back with the Yankees he could see himself taking a year off.  Either way, he says there's no particular reason why he would be drawn to the Cubs.

Everybody has a price.

The Cubs usually aren't the team that pays that price.



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 Posted: Mon Sep 30th, 2013 07:26 pm
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srossi wrote: clawmaster wrote: srossi wrote: clawmaster wrote:
Let the Joe Girardi talks begin.


Girardi shot this down pretty hard this weekend, saying that he has virtually no connection to Chicago anymore since his parents died and if he isn't back with the Yankees he could see himself taking a year off.  Either way, he says there's no particular reason why he would be drawn to the Cubs.

Everybody has a price.

The Cubs usually aren't the team that pays that price.

I actually agree with you. Can't see Girardi going to a team that sucks even for a ton of money. Good fodder for chat on Chicago Sports Radio though.



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NEW YORK -- New York Mets right-hander Matt Harvey has elected to undergo Tommy John surgery that likely will force him to miss the entire 2014 season.



Dr. James Andrews will perform the procedure later this month, the organization announced.


Harvey had been steadfast in saying he planned to rehab and undergo a throwing program over a six- to eight-week period in order to be able to pitch next season with a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow.


General manager Sandy Alderson and other team officials, however, had portrayed that strategy as an uphill battle and regularly had suggested surgery was the likely route.


Harvey reached the surgery decision without ever going to the Mets' complex in Port St. Lucie, Fla., to begin the planned throwing program. He recently had been getting physical therapy at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan.


Mets officials, gathered for planning meetings this week at the team's Florida complex, expected this result and had been plotting their offseason strategy to pursue starting pitching figuring Harvey would be unavailable.


Harvey went 9-5 with a 2.27 ERA in 26 starts this past season, striking out 191 hitters in 178 1/3 innings while allowing 135 hits in his first full season with the team. His WHIP was 0.931.

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Tim Lincecum re-signs with Giants. 2 yrs 35 mil

Dodgers sign Cuban infielder Alexander Guerrero 4 yrs 28 mil



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Nationals reportedly are going to hire Matt Williams as their new manager.



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clawmaster wrote: Nationals reportedly are going to hire Matt Williams as their new manager.


 

With MLB’s World Series news embargo lifted, the Nationals could make official what had been widely known for nearly a week: Matt Williams will replace Davey Johnson and become their next manager.

The Nationals announced Williams’s hiring today with a press release. A press conference will follow, perhaps tomorrow. Williams and Nationals officials will give their full thoughts at that time, but they provided some quotes in the team’s release. Here’s what they had to say in that forum.

Owner Ted Lerner: “Matt has a wealth of knowledge and experience as a former player and coach. But what most impresses us is his ability to understand and ably communicate situations and strategies in a disciplined, forthright manner. We think he is the right leader for a Washington Nationals team ready to compete for a World Series championship.”

General Manager Mike Rizzo: “I could not be more pleased to welcome Matt Williams and his family to the Nationals and the Nation’s Capital. In some ways, my interview with Matt began during our days together in Arizona, where his undeniable toughness, attention to detail and intensity established a foundation for a Diamondbacks expansion franchise that reached the postseason in its second season and won a World Series two years later. All these years later, Matt’s preparedness for this position, knowledge of our roster, system and league set him apart. He is a fierce competitor with a progressive view of the game.”

Williams:  “I feel privileged and honored to be a part of this team. It’s a wonderful group of guys and a great organization. I’m simply here to help take us to the next level.”

Williams, 47, had served as the Diamondbacks’ third base coach. He came to know Rizzo at the end of his decorated 17-year playing career, when he manned third base for Arizona and Rizzo served as its scouting director. Williams beat out, among other, bench coach Randy Knorr, whom the Nationals hope to retain.

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Throughout last season Blue Jays manager John Gibbons lauded hitters who “used the whole field,” could drive the ball gap-to-gap and were not wholly dependent on a pull-happy power stroke.


It’s no surprise then that the hitting coach he and GM Alex Anthopoulos have hired to replace Chad Mottola is one who shares that philosophy.


The Jays announced Thursday that Gibbons’ former colleague with the Kansas City Royals, Kevin Seitzer, has been named the team’s new hitting coach.


Gibbons worked alongside Seitzer with the Royals for three seasons, from 2009 to 2011, when Gibbons was the team’s bench coach.


“My philosophy in a nutshell is to stay in the middle of the field, stay gap-to-gap” and “make tweaks along the way,” Seitzer said in a conference call with reporters Thursday.


He added, however, that with regard to the likes of Jose Bautista, Edwin Encarnacion and Colby Rasmus — three Jays’ hitters who have made a good living by pulling the ball — he’s not going to come in and demand changes.


“Another philosophy I have is that if it’s not broke, don’t fix it,” he said.





Seitzer did say, however that he likes hitters to take a different approach with two strikes and be more willing to hit to the opposite field.


“For me the bottom line as far as philosophy (and) approach, is really making consistent, hard contact.”


Staying through the middle of the field gives you a better chance to put a good swing on the ball, Seitzer said.


Seitzer said that while the Jays have been relatively successful offensively, he hopes to put “more tools in guys’ toolboxes” to help them become more “well-rounded hitters.”


He spoke specifically about coming up with strategies to beat the infield shifts, which have become an increasingly common strategy to shut down pull hitters.


Seitzer said he developed his philosophy from his personal experience and also “special conversations with some very good hitters,” singling out George Brett, Paul Molitor, Dave Winfield and about a dozen of the game’s best hitters from the ’80s and ’90s.


“I would try and have conversations with anyone who would stand still long enough to talk to me.”


Seitzer said of all the players he worked with in Kansas City he is most proud of the work he did with Alex Gordon, the team’s all-star outfielder, who struggled in his first four years with the club before undergoing a “major overhaul” in his approach at the plate.


Over the last three seasons Gordon has hit .287 with a .816 OPS.





The Jays’ job was vacated earlier this month when Mottola was sacked and associate hitting coach Dwayne Murphy — who had served in the role prior to Mottola — retired.


Mottola’s firing was surprising given that Anthopoulos had repeated that pitching was the team’s biggest problem, not the offence.


The Jays scored four fewer runs last year than they did in 2012, but finished ninth in the majors, compared to 13th in 2012.


Seitzer called Gibbons a “very good baseball man,” with whom he had “tremendous relationship” in Kansas City.


“I have a lot of respect for him, because I felt like I had to win him over. I had to prove to him that what I was doing (and) what I was teaching.”














The other members of Gibbons’ staff: bench coach DeMarlo Hale, pitching coach Pete Walker, third-base coach Luis Rivera and bullpen coach Pat Hentgen are all expected to return for the 2014 season. The Jays have yet to name a first-base coach.


Seitzer, who also served as hitting coach of the Arizona Diamondbacks for the first half of 2007, spent four years on the Royals’ staff before he was fired after the 2012 season.


The 51-year-old Springfield, Ill., native owns a .295/.375/.404 career slash line over 12 seasons with the Royals, Brewers, A’s and Indians.


He said despite last season’s massive disappointment, expectations remain high for the Jays.


“There’s definitely an expectation to win the division and go to the postseason. If anybody’s thinking short of that they probably need to make an adjustment mentally, with all due respect.”

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Derek Jeter gets a one year extension . 14 mil



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Benlen wrote: Derek Jeter gets a one year extension . 14 mil
I heard $12 million.  This essentially replaces his $9 million player option that he was definitely going to exercise, so in essence they just gave him a raise.  I really don't know why, other than he's Derek Jeter. 



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Late but congrats to the Red Sox. They did it by ditching shitty contracts and getting gritty guys.

Makes me yearn for the days of O'Neill, Brosius, Martinez, and Williams as opposed to the current roster......



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Some shots from today's parade in Boston.























Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz walks towards the finish line of the Boston Marathon during the parade






Jonny Gomes puts the 2013 World Series trophy and a team jersey on the finish line of the Boston Marathon.







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