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Cubs announce new title for Dorey in front-office shakeup

Jan. 25, 2022 16:03 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Cubs announced Tuesday that Matt Dorey is taking on the role of vice president of player personnel. Dorey's new title is part of a flurry of changes in Chicago's front office since Carter Hawkins was hired as general manager in October. ...

Brewers make Henderson bullpen coach, Erickson gets infield

Jan. 18, 2022 11:26 AM EST

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Milwaukee Brewers have promoted Jim Henderson to take over as bullpen coach for the departing Steve Karsay. In other moves, the Brewers moved Matt Erickson to infield and assistant hitting coach and hired Daniel Vega as an assistant strength and conditioning...

Grobstein, Chicago reporter who got Elia's rant, dies at 69

Jan. 17, 2022 14:36 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Les Grobstein, a longtime Chicago sports radio reporter and talk show host who recorded Lee Elia's famous profanity-laced postgame rant about Cubs fans, has died. He was 69. WSCR-AM reported Grobstein died Sunday at his home. No cause was given. ...

Keith Hernandez stunned by Mets jersey retirement news

Jan. 12, 2022 17:42 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Keith Hernandez was startled to see Mets owner Steve Cohen calling out of the blue Tuesday, then put at ease when the pair spent 10 minutes talking about New York's splashy offseason. “Then he said, ‘That’s not the reason I'm calling,' and then he dropped the...

Former Cubs, Red Sox pitcher Jon Lester announces retirement

Jan. 12, 2022 11:55 AM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Jon Lester, a durable left-hander who won three World Series titles during 16 years in the majors, has announced his retirement. Lester, who turned 38 on Friday, finishes with a 200-117 record and a 3.66 ERA in 452 career games, including 451 starts. He also has been...

Yanks' Balkovec becomes 1st woman to manage MLB farm team

Jan. 11, 2022 18:17 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Rachel Balkovec became the first woman hired to manage a minor league affiliate of a Major League Baseball team when she was promoted Tuesday by the New York Yankees to dugout boss of the Low A Tampa Tarpons. The 34-year-old joined the Yankees organization as a...

AP sources: Yanks' Balkovec to be first female MiLB manager

Jan. 09, 2022 21:59 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Yankees are promoting Rachel Balkovec to manager of the Low A Tampa Tarpons, making her the first woman to skipper a team affiliated with Major League Baseball, according to two people familiar with the move. The people spoke to The Associated Press on...

MLB lockout leads Cardinals to cancel winter warmup event

Jan. 04, 2022 12:19 PM EST

ST. LOUIS, Mo. (AP) — The Cardinals have canceled their annual winter warmup promotional event because of Major League Baseball's lockout. The event, which was scheduled for Jan. 15-17, features players. MLB locked out the players' association following the expiration of baseball's...

Iowa Cubs outgoing owner, associates give $600K in bonuses

Jan. 03, 2022 15:46 PM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — When outgoing Iowa Cubs chairman and owner Michael Gartner gathered the team’s 23 full-time employees last week in Principal Park’s Betfred Sports Lounge, he told them he was handing out new business cards. What he handed out instead were bonus checks...

Column: Another socially distanced Newby Awards for 2021

Dec. 31, 2021 03:00 AM EST

We had hoped the Newby Awards could return to a bit of normalcy this year. Ohhh, how we'd love to stroll down the imaginary red carpet, pretend to dole out some statuettes, and make-believe we're attending a train wreck of an after-party at Kanye West's new house before he tears it...