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Rangers Fire Showalter PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 04 October 2006 03:05

Buck ShowalterBuck Showalter has been fired as the manager of the Texas Rangers after four years with the club. He was informed of the firing late last night at a dinner at Rangers' owner Tom Hicks home. General manager Jon Daniels was also in attendance.

Showalter still has three years on his contract at $2 million.

As reported:

After the meeting late Tuesday, a clearly dejected Showalter would not confirm that he'd been fired but said he had "some things to think about."

There are plenty of candidates for a new manager. Should Daniels and Hicks opt for an experienced, veteran manager, Dusty Baker, Lou Piniella, Felipe Alou and Frank Robinson are available.

Other potential candidates include Rangers bench coach Don Wakamatsu, Rangers hitting coach Rudy Jaramillo, former Rangers farm director and current Nippon Ham Fighters (Japanese Pacific League) manager Trey Hillman, and former Rangers first base coach and current Boston Red Sox third base coach DeMarlo Hale.

Before coming to Texas, Showalter's record in seven years as a major league manager was 563-504. Excluding his first season in both New York and Arizona (which was an expansion team), he had had winning records each year.

The Rangers have scheduled a press conference for later today.

 (The Fort Worth Star-Telegram)

 

 
Pompano Park for New Marlins Facility? PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 04 October 2006 01:51

New Marlins StadiumCould the Marlins be moving to Pompano Beach?

For months,  Pompano Beach, Broward County and Florida Marlins officials have discussed financing a stadium that would be built at Pompano Park Harness Track, city officials said Tuesday. As reported:

The talks have not yet yielded a completed deal, but Pompano Beach Mayor John Rayson and Broward County Mayor Ben Graber said they are excited about the possibility of bringing the Marlins to Broward -- a prospect that has seemed unlikely for years as county commissioners have been unenthusiastic about putting tax dollars toward another sports venue. The county commission raised the county hotel bed tax 2 percent in 1996 to help pay for BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, home of the Florida Panthers hockey team.

Both mayors called the discussions "complex" and would not disclose any of the financing details.

"There are possibilities," said Rayson, who has toured the track with representatives of the Marlins and the track's owner, Isle of Capri. He said one possibility is relocating a set of older stables at the track to make way for a stadium.

(The South Florida Sun-Sentinel

 
New Nationals Ballpark to be "Green" PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 04 October 2006 01:11

Nationals Ballpark DesignThe new Nationals Ballpark, currently being built on the banks of the Anacostia River will be the first ever "Green" MLB facility.

The DC Sports and Entertainment Commission (DCSEC) yesterday authorized the design changes. The DCSEC will submit an application to the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program from the U.S. Green Building Council, which grades construction projects for their sensitivity to the environment.

To achieve LEED ceertification, a structure is graded on a points system for environmentally and energy efficient design.

(The Washington Times

 
Grimsley denies ID of steroid users PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 04 October 2006 01:02

Jason Grimsley has said that the players listed within an LA Times artilcle implicating them of using performance enhancing drugs, did not use steroids. And, in in the case of Brian Roberts  or Jay Gibbons, there was never any mention of them at all to federal agents.

As reported Grimsley's lawyer said, "As to all five players [including the Houston Astros' Roger Clemens and Andy Pettitte] named, Jason did not attribute steroid use to any of them," the attorney, Ed Novak, said in yesterday's edition of the Arizona Republic.

"There was no mention of Roberts or Gibbons at all," Novak said. "The agents didn't even mention Roberts or Gibbons."

He said investigators brought up Pettitte's and Clemens' names and Grimsley strongly rejected the idea that either would use performance enhancers.

(The Baltimore Sun)

 
Reds About to Become a Family Affair for the Brennamans PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 03 October 2006 10:29

Thom BrennamanIt appears that the Reds' radio booth will become a family affair. As early as next week an announcement could be made to put Thom Brennaman in the broadcast booth with his father, Marty, for Reds games next season. As reported:

A source said the Reds had contacted the Arizona Diamondbacks for permission to talk to Brennaman and have talked to him. Marty would not comment Sunday on the possibility of Thom getting the job. Thom could not be reached for comment.

The Reds are not renewing the contract of Steve Stewart, who has partnered with Marty for the last three years. The club has said it wants to add a former player. That could still happen. Likely candidates are former Reds Tom Browning and Jeff Brantley. Brantley currently works for ESPN.

(The Cincinnati Enquirer)

 
Gonzalez Replaces Girardi in Florida PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 03 October 2006 06:49

Fredi GonzalezFredi Gonzalez, the third base coach for the Atlanta Braves has replaced Joe Girardi as the new manager of the Florida Marlins. The move comes on the same day as Girardi's firing.

The Marlins signed Gonzalez to a three-year contract.

Gonzalez was the Marlins' third base coach from 1999 through 2001. Before joining the Marlins major league club, he managed in the minor leagues for nine years, earning league manager of the year honors from Baseball America three times: in 1993 when High Desert finished 82-52 in the regular season and won the Class-A California League championship; in 1994, when Brevard County went 78-61 in the Class-A Florida State League; and in 1997, when he guided Portland (ME) to a 79-63 record and first place in the AA Eastern League.

(MLB.com

 
Railcats Resign Tagert PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 26 September 2006 12:00
RailCatsThe Gary SouthShore RailCats Professional Baseball Club announced today that manager Greg Tagert has signed a two-year contract that will keep him with the RailCats through at least the 2008 season. RailCats Vice-President & General Manager Roger Wexelberg made the announcement.

Tagert has spent the last two seasons with the RailCats, leading the club to the Northern League championship in 2005 and the Eastern Division title in 2006 when the club lost to Fargo-Moorhead in the championship series.

In addition to his success on the field, Tagert has also made a commitment to signing high-character players who are quality representatives of the team and the community.

“Greg has brought us the entire package,” said Wexelberg. “He has made a huge impact on this franchise. He has given the RailCats fans two outstanding playoff seasons, one championship, and one near-championship. He has also brought in players who have been quality people in addition to being good baseball players. Our fans have really taken to the types of players Greg has recruited, guys who have a lot of character, who are good in the community, who work hard, give it everything they’ve got on the field, and find a way to win.”


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York Breaks Ground for New Stadium PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 01 October 2006 12:00

York officials broke ground $32.5 million stadium that will be the new home for the York Revolution. The stadium is being paid through the use of state grants and private contributors, including the York Professional Baseball Club, which is a subsidiary of Keystone Professional Baseball. An additional $1 million will come from the York County Industrial Development Authority, which will become the stadium owner.

The facility is set to open by June of 2007 in time for the York Revolution to play most or all of its first season there.

(The York Dispatch

 
Delta Names Airplane After David Wright PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 03 October 2006 04:33

David WrightIf you are shuttling between New York, Boston and Washington, you can now hop on "The Wright Flight", named after the New York Mets' All-Star third baseman, David Wright.

The plane's name and Wright's signature and jersey number (5) are next to the boarding door.

 "I use Delta to go home to visit family and friends," Wright said Monday, "so this will be pretty cool to take a plane named after me when I go home."

(The South Florida Sun-Sentinel)

 
DC Condo/Parking Structure Not Dead Yet PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 03 October 2006 03:51

DC Parking and Condos for Nationals StadiumThe grand parking structure design by Herbert S. Miller isn't dead yet.

A mixed use of condominiums, restaurants, and parking, which would be used for the new Nationals ballpark slated to open in April of 2008 had been declared dead more than a week ago due to funding issues. Now, the DC Council may step in. As reported:

Several D.C. Council members were negotiating late yesterday to introduce emergency legislation today that would revive a plan to build condominiums and parking garages near a new baseball stadium in Southeast Washington.

Council member Marion Barry (D-Ward 8) was leading the effort and had distributed a bill that seeks to alter the $611 million stadium cost cap approved by the council in March. The legislation would allow the city to spend money from the sale of development rights on stadium land to pay for the parking garages.

Recall that the cap on funds was a major point of contention with several Council members when funding for the new stadium was approved at the 11th hour nearly a year ago. One of those opposed to the public subsidy for the stadium at that time was democratic nominee for mayor, Adrian Fenty. 

DC CFO Natwar M. Gandhi expressed "grave concerns" about the plan. The bill would "jeopardize the on-time and on-budget completion of the stadium facility."

(The Washington Post

 

 
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