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Chicago White Sox manager Tony La Russa to return as manager for 2022 season, source says  —  Tony La Russa will return to manage the Chicago White Sox for the 2022 season, a source told ESPN on Thursday.  —  White Sox stars Tim Anderson and Jose Abreu had both publicly lobbied …
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Houston Astros finish off Chicago White Sox to reach 5th straight ALCS as Tony La Russa fumes over ‘intentional’ Jose Abreu plunking  —  The Houston Astros advanced to their fifth consecutive American League Championship Series on Tuesday by beating the Chicago White Sox 10-1 in Game 4 of their best-of-five division series matchup.
Los Angeles Times:
Jon Gruden emails were part of June court filing by WFT owner Dan Snyder  —  Several inflammatory emails by Jon Gruden were filed as exhibits in federal court by attorneys for Washington Football Team owner Daniel Snyder in mid-June, almost four months before they were leaked to two newspapers …
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New York Times:
Raiders Coach's Emails Included Homophobic and Misogynistic Comments  —  A trove of emails in a separate workplace misconduct case shows Raiders Coach Jon Gruden went beyond previously disclosed racist comments to issue broad tirades.  —  When the vaunted professional football coach Jon Gruden …
James Wagner / New York Times:
With Boone's Status Unclear, Yankees Begin Coaching Changes  —  Two hitting coaches and the third-base coach will not return after the team's early playoff exit.  Manager Aaron Boone's contract expires after the season.  —  After a seesaw season that ended with a disappointing one-game playoff loss …
Discussion: The Athletic
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Buster Olney / ESPN:
New York Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner seems inclined to keep Aaron Boone, sources say  —  Though the wait continues within the Yankees' organization for owner Hal Steinbrenner to dictate the direction of the team in a fluid situation, he seems inclined to keep Aaron Boone as manager, industry sources told ESPN's Buster Olney.
Robert Salonga / Mercury News:
Ex-Valley Christian coach gets six-year prison sentence for sexually abusing girl athletes  —  ‘Psychological enslavement’: Allison Brown and Tracey Walker confront Greg Marshall in court, as he voices remorse and asks judge to “please find God in me” in plea for leniency
Discussion: Reuters
The Athletic:
Cubs targeting Cleveland's Carter Hawkins as new general manager: Sources  —  The Chicago Cubs are targeting Carter Hawkins as their new general manager, sources told The Athletic on Wednesday, planning to finalize a move that would mark a major hire for president of baseball operations Jed Hoyer …
Associated Press:
Ray Fosse, MLB catcher bowled over by Pete Rose in All-Star Game and ‘franchise icon’ for Oakland Athletics, dies  —  OAKLAND, Calif. — Ray Fosse, the strong-armed MLB catcher whose career was upended when he was bowled over by Pete Rose during the 1970 All-Star Game, has died.  He was 74.
Discussion: baseballmusings.com
Evan Petzold / Detroit Free Press:
Bally Sports Detroit agrees to multi-year extensions with Tigers, Red Wings for broadcasts  —  Bally Sports Detroit isn't going anywhere.  —  The regional sports network, part of Sinclair Broadcast Group, has agreed to multi-year contract extensions with the Detroit Tigers and Detroit Red Wings …
Deesha Thosar / New York Daily News:
Ron Washington?  Buck Showalter?  Breaking down possible Mets managerial candidates  —  Round and round and round we go.  For the fifth time in a five-year span, the Mets are searching for another manager.  —  Following Terry Collins' stretch at the helm from 2011-17 …
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Brittany Ghiroli / The Athletic:
‘Retire? Nobody ever really does’: Buck Showalter on Baltimore, TV and his managerial future
Discussion: Sports Illustrated and Camden Chat
ESPN:
Mike Shildt fired as St. Louis Cardinals manager over ‘philosophical differences’  —  Despite a team-record 17-game winning streak that carried the St. Louis Cardinals to an MLB wild-card berth, Mike Shildt was fired as manager Thursday.  —  Cardinals president of baseball operations John Mozeliak cited …
 
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