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Paul Sullivan: Jed Hoyer has an unenviable task to fill Theo Epstein's shoes without Cubs' usual resources

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CHICAGO — When introduced as Chicago Cubs president 14 years ago at Wrigley Field, John McDonough said his "singular" goal was to win the World Series.

"Not win the wild card or win the division or win the pennant," he said. "It's time to win. It's time to win the World Series. It's time to reward these tens of millions of fans who have ...Read more

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What would make you feel safe at the ballpark? MLB would like to know.

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LOS ANGELES — In any other year, this would be a joyful certainty: The Dodgers, winners of the World Series, would raise the championship flag at the start of the new season, to the full-throated approval of a sellout crowd.

In 2021, the Dodgers' opening day attendance could be the traditional 56,000; a fraction of that; or limited to player ...Read more

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Rays star Randy Arozarena arrested in Mexico following a family dispute

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Tampa Bay Rays postseason star Randy Arozarena has been arrested in Mexico after an apparent domestic dispute involving his young daughter, according to the player's agent.

Arozarena is expected to be held in custody for 48 hours and is scheduled to meet with his attorney this evening. It is unclear what charges he is ...Read more

Braves add Morton and quickly go from short on proven pitchers to deep

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The Braves brought back long-ago draft pick Charlie Morton on Tuesday for one year and $15 million. The Braves believe he can regain his form from 2019, when he finished third in the American League Cy Young Award voting for the Rays. A week earlier the Braves signed Drew Smyly for one year and $11 million. They believe he's on the come after a ...Read more

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Kris Bryant to the Dodgers, Nationals or Red Sox? Kyle Schwarber to the Yankees? A look at potential Chicago Cubs trade partners.

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Kris Bryant, Javier Baez, Willson Contreras and Kyle Schwarber provide an array of value for the Chicago Cubs.

But should new President Jed Hoyer decide to trade one — or more — of the four, only so many major-league teams can afford them. And in the case of Baez, Bryant and Schwarber, how many teams would be willing to pay for only one ...Read more

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Jed Hoyer, given a 5-year contract as Chicago Cubs president of baseball operations, says he 'might be more focused toward the future' with core players nearing free agency

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With a roster destined for a major retooling, the length of Jed Hoyer's five-year contract as Chicago Cubs president might prove essential to the task of maintaining the team's perennial playoff presence.

"In this job you always have one eye on the present and one eye on the future," Hoyer said Monday in a conference call after the Cubs ...Read more

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Chicago White Sox tentatively scheduled — again — to play the New York Yankees in the MLB at Field of Dreams game in 2021

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The Chicago White Sox and New York Yankees will take another crack at playing the MLB at Field of Dreams game in 2021.

Major League Baseball announced Monday the teams are tentatively scheduled to meet Aug. 12 in Dyersville, Iowa, in an 8,000-seat temporary ballpark built on the farm where the iconic Oscar-nominated 1989 film "Field of Dreams" ...Read more

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Mets retaining Luis Rojas as manager

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The new Mets are keeping the old manager, for at least next year.

Team president Sandy Alderson said Monday that he was retaining Luis Rojas as manager, something he previously only committed to being "very likely."

Rojas, 39, was the first Latino man to manage the Mets. He was the second hired to do so, replacing Carlos Beltran, who was fired...Read more

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Orioles' Chris Davis, wife Jill donate $1 million to 'Fill the Stadium' effort to fight child hunger amid pandemic

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BALTIMORE — A January trip to the Dominican Republic provided Chris and Jill Davis a homecoming of sorts, a return to a country neither had visited since Chris played in the Dominican Winter League in 2010. It also laid the groundwork for the Orioles first baseman and his wife to make a global impact amid a pandemic that would shut down ...Read more

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Deesha Thosar: How Mets should spend money saved from Robinson Cano's steroid suspension

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Robinson Cano, batting second as DH, led off the top of the fifth inning against the Nationals on Sept. 27 in the Mets' final game of the 2020 season. He popped out to shortstop on the first pitch from right-hander Austin Voth to end an 0-for-3 day at the plate.

Last week, new owner Steve Cohen and team president Sandy Alderson considered that ...Read more

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Winners and losers from Theo Epstein's sudden departure from the Cubs

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CHICAGO — Theo Epstein's resignation as Chicago Cubs president of baseball operations stunned more than the baseball world.

Epstein's departure with one year remaining on his contract affected the entire Chicago sports landscape this week. Here's a look at the winners and losers from Epstein's decision, which was announced Tuesday.

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Justin Turner's return to Dodgers isn't guaranteed as team mulls options

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This is the last story in a series looking at Los Angeles Dodgers free agents.

CASE FOR DODGERS KEEPING JUSTIN TURNER: He is a face of the franchise and fan favorite, both for his success on the field and philanthropy in the community. He turns 36 on Monday but has remained a crucial component in the Dodgers' success.

CASE AGAINST: He's about ...Read more

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Bryce Miller: Former Padres sparkplug Tim Flannery speaks on serious health fight

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SAN DIEGO — Again and again, Tim Flannery fumbles for the words to adequately explain how a life-threatening staph infection upended his world, how his family has been pure granite, how the army of medical experts from Scripps Health hospitals in San Diego moonlight as angels.

Thoughts tangle for the rough-and-routinely-tumble former Padres ...Read more

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In suing Astros owner Jim Crane, pitcher Mike Bolsinger cites Jeff Luhnow's lawsuit

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When former Houston Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow sued the team last week, he took aim at Astros owner Jim Crane. Now, in a California court, pitcher Mike Bolsinger is using Luhnow's lawsuit to take aim at Crane.

Bolsinger sued the Astros in February, blaming them for his inability to find another job after he was shellacked in Houston in ...Read more

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Jim Souhan: Kim Ng's hiring as Marlins GM flouts sexist and racist practices in sports

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I began covering baseball as a beat writer in 1993. I first heard Kim Ng's name at the winter meetings before the 1993 season.

Talented and sharp, I was told by scouts and team executives. A fast riser. Could be a general manager someday.

They were right. Just 27 years later, Ng was hired as general manager of the Miami Marlins.

Ng started ...Read more

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How Luis Robert landed on White Sox's radar when he was 15 years old: 'There's a guy down here, he's got a chance to be special'

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CHICAGO — Marco Paddy remembers having multiple conversations with Chicago White Sox Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf, executive vice president Kenny Williams and general manager Rick Hahn about Luis Robert.

"The very first time I saw him was in Chihuahua, Mexico, at a world tournament and immediately got excited just because of the athletic ability,...Read more

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Wrigley Field receives federal landmark status, 7 years after Cubs ownership applied for the designation

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CHICAGO — The Chicago Cubs will receive much-welcomed relief help, but not in the form of a bullpen arm.

Wrigley Field received federal landmark status in the National Register of Historic Places, seven years after ownership applied for the status, the team announced Thursday.

That approval will give the Ricketts family, who spent about $1 ...Read more

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Franchise-altering roster decisions await Jed Hoyer as the Chicago Cubs' new baseball boss

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When the Chicago Cubs were negotiating with five-star free-agent manager Joe Maddon six years ago, Jed Hoyer performed the ominous task of flying to San Diego County to inform incumbent Rick Renteria he was about to be replaced despite the team's seven-game improvement in his first season.

But that assignment seems inconsequential now compared ...Read more

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Commentary: Kim Ng: A win for MLB — and the rest of us

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I have been disheartened to see the COVID-19 pandemic called the "Kung Flu" and to hear of associated incidents of hate crimes against Asians and Asian American/Pacific Islanders, so I welcomed the news my kids announced over our mutual virtual school and work breaks the other day: "Hey mom, did you hear they picked an Asian American woman GM in...Read more

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Helene Elliott: New Angels GM Perry Minasian loves analytics, but plans to rely on intuition, too

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As a first-time general manager, Perry Minasian won't bring the Angels a mastery of crisis management or a string of trade-deadline steals. But his resume includes an unusual experience that testifies to his love of baseball and the ethic he developed while he worked for his father as a clubhouse attendant for the Texas Rangers.

"I had the ...Read more