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Former manager Ausmus named bench coach of Oakland Athletics

Jan. 14, 2022 21:49 PM EST

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Former Tigers and Angels manager Brad Ausmus will be the new bench coach of the Oakland Athletics under first-year manager Mark Kotsay. The A's announced Kotsay's staff Friday. Ausmus, who interviewed for the Mets managerial opening and has a 386-422 record...

Twins to retire number for Hall of Fame-elected Kaat

Jan. 12, 2022 13:38 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Twins will retire the uniform number of former pitcher Jim Kaat, who was recently elected to the Hall of Fame. The Twins announced Wednesday that they'll add Kaat's 36 to their wall of retired numbers during a pregame ceremony at Target Field on...

Former outfielder Mark Kotsay named new manager of Athletics

Dec. 21, 2021 20:17 PM EST

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Mark Kotsay arrived for his interview with the Oakland Athletics as if his task was to make a strong first impression. His bosses, Billy Beane and David Forst, were beyond impressed at his preparation. Kotsay didn't come into the process considering himself a...

Former MLB OF and Tigers 1B coach Kimera Bartee dies at 49

Dec. 21, 2021 16:28 PM EST

DETROIT (AP) — Kimera Bartee, a former Major League Baseball outfielder and Detroit Tigers first base coach, died Monday. He was 49. The Tigers made the announcement Tuesday, saying Bartee died suddenly. They did not disclose the cause of death. “Throughout his...

AP Source: Mark Kotsay replacing Bob Melvin as A's manager

Dec. 20, 2021 22:38 PM EST

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Mark Kotsay has been hired to replace Bob Melvin as manager of the Oakland Athletics, a person with direct knowledge of the agreement said Monday night. Kotsay is being promoted from third base coach to manager, taking over the club he played for as an...

Guardians talking with minority owner with NHL, NBA ties

Dec. 20, 2021 16:21 PM EST

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Guardians have had discussions with David Blitzer, a part owner of the Philadelphia 76ers and New Jersey Devils, to become a minority owner with the Major League Baseball team. Guardians owner Paul Dolan has been seeking a minority owner to boost...

Former White Sox, Orioles GM Roland Hemond dies at age 92

Dec. 13, 2021 18:50 PM EST

Roland Hemond, whose 70-year career in baseball included three Executive of the Year awards as general manager of the Chicago White Sox and Baltimore Orioles, died Sunday night. He was 92. The Arizona Diamondbacks, with whom he spent 19 seasons, announced Hemond's death Monday. ...

Twins hire Hank Conger as 1st base, catching coach

Dec. 10, 2021 14:41 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Twins filled out their staff by hiring Hank Conger as their first base and catching coach on Friday. Conger played seven seasons in the major leagues, mostly with the Los Angeles Angels. He played for Tampa Bay in 2016, his last year in the majors....

Fregosi Jr, scout and son of former manager, dies at 57

Dec. 10, 2021 13:23 PM EST

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Jim Fregosi Jr., a special assistant in the Kansas City Royals' front office and a son of the longtime major league manager, has died. He was 57. Fregosi died Thursday in Los Angeles, the Royals said. Fregosi spent 17 seasons with the...

Late Indians outfielder/commentator Graney wins Frick Award

Dec. 08, 2021 13:26 PM EST

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) — Cleveland Indians outfielder and commentator Jack Graney has won the Hall of Fame's Ford C. Frick Award for excellence in broadcasting. Graney, who died in 1978, will be honored during the Hall's induction weekend from July 22-25. Graney...