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6:00 PM ET, January 22, 2022

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Pat Leonard / New York Daily News:
Giants hiring Bills assistant GM Joe Schoen as next general manager  —  The Giants believe in another Joe now.  —  Buffalo Bills assistant GM Joe Schoen - pronounced “Shane” - was announced on Friday as the franchise's next general manager.  —  Schoen received the news back in Buffalo …
Discussion: Denver Post
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Michael Eisen / Giants.com:
Giants interview Bills OC Brian Daboll for head coach  —  EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Buffalo Bills offensive coordinator Brian Daboll became the first candidate to interview for the Giants' head coaching position.  —  Daboll, 46, spoke Friday evening via videoconferencing with team president John Mara …
Pat Leonard / New York Daily News:
Giants on verge of hiring next GM: Joe Schoen, Ryan Poles or Adam Peters  —  The Giants are on the verge of naming their fifth GM since 1979.  —  Friday should be the day.  —  San Francisco 49ers assistant GM Adam Peters' Thursday trip to the Giants' facility in East Rutherford, N.J. …
Discussion: New York Post
Jonas Shaffer / Baltimore Sun:
In surprise, Ravens fire defensive coordinator Don ‘Wink’ Martindale after disappointing season  —  The Ravens have fired defensive coordinator Don “Wink” Martindale, a surprising shakeup that comes less than two weeks after the end of a disappointing season.
Marc Topkin / Tampa Bay Times:
MLB kills Rays' split-city plan with Montreal  —  Team officials say they have no immediate plans to explore relocation to another market, and Stuart Sternberg has no plans to sell the team.  —  Updated Just now  —  ST. PETERSBURG — The Rays' proposed plan to split seasons in Montreal …
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Alden Gonzalez / ESPN:
Tampa Bay Rays say split-season plan with Montreal rejected by MLB  —  The Tampa Bay Rays' inventive, controversial plan to split their home schedule with the city of Montreal was scrapped by Major League Baseball officials earlier this week, a decision that Rays owner Stuart Sternberg called “flat-out deflating.”
Associated Press:
Robot umpires at home plate moving up to Triple-A for 2022, one step away from major league baseball  —  NEW YORK — Robot umpires have been given a promotion and will be just one step from the major leagues this season.  Major League Baseball is expanding its automated strike zone experiment to Triple-A …
Discussion: Bleacher Nation and Cubs Insider
Jeff Passan / ESPN:
Sources: MLB Players Association to make counteroffer to league in Monday meeting  —  The Major League Baseball Players Association plans to make an in-person labor proposal to the league on Monday, sources told ESPN, countering MLB's offer last week that did little to loosen the gridlock …
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David Matthews / New York Daily News:
Ex-Yankees pitcher Sergio Mitre sentenced to prison for 2020 murder of toddler in Mexico  —  Former Yankees pitcher Sergio Mitre is going to be behind bars for a long time after he was convicted of murdering his ex-partner's daughter.  —  Mitre was convicted of femicide after raping …
Jonas Shaffer / Baltimore Sun:
Ravens rookie report: How all 8 draft picks fared, and what's in store for next season  —  The Ravens' 2021 draft class defies easy narratives.  In late April, general manager Eric DeCosta opened it with a rarity: two first-round picks.  By late August, the eight-player haul had already been reduced to six …
Jeffrey Paternostro / Baseball Prospectus:
The Top 101: Candidates for the 2023 Top 101  —  Questions?  Drop one (or more) in the queue for Lead Prospect Writer Jeffrey Paternostro's chat, Friday at 1:15 pm  —  Editor's Note: The below list is searchable, sortable, and downloadable for your convenience.  —  THANK YOU FOR READING
Dan Arritt / Orange County Register:
Cal State Fullerton edges UC Irvine, stays perfect in Big West  —  E.J. Anosike has 16 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Titans to a 65-63 victory that gives them their best start to conference play since the 2017-18 season  —  IRVINE — E.J. Anosike has brought something new to the Cal State Fullerton men's basketball team.
Discussion: Denver Post and Press Telegram
Ben Badler / Baseball America:
12 Breakout Prospects With Top 100 Potential  —  With the release of the Baseball America Top 100 yesterday, there are plenty of younger players who didn't quite make the cut this year but have the upside to vault their way up the Top 100 by the end of the 2022 season.
Discussion: Bleacher Nation and Fish Stripes
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Baseball America:
2022 Top 100 Prospects  —  Editor's Note: Royals LHP Asa Lacy ranked ahead of C M.J. Melendez …
Alex Riggins / San Diego Union-Tribune:
Police conclude mother killed herself, 2-year-old son in Petco Park fall  —  Attorney for Raquel Wilkins' parents says police, city refuse to provide information backing up murder-suicide conclusion  —  A police investigation has concluded that a San Diego mother intentionally killed herself …
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Elizabeth Merrill / ESPN:
Deaths of woman, 2-year-old son in fall at San Diego Padres' Petco Park ruled suicide, homicide
 
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