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Rise and shine, baseball fans!
Well, the 2017 Major League Baseball schedule is officially out and there are certainly some matchups we’ve circled on our calendar. While we’re at it, let’s just plan some epic baseball road trips.
Here’s a roundup of what’s going on in the American League West.
Last night, the Yankees signed Billy Butler, the DH who was just let go from the A’s. Yes, you read that correctly. We’re just as confused as you.
“Butler, 30, hit .276/.331/.403 with four home runs in 85 games with Oakland in his second season after signing a 3-year, $30 million deal with the team before last season. He was released with a year left on the deal, though it is unclear if his deal will keep him with the Yankees for the 2017 campaign.”
Are you in the market for a new job, maybe a change of careers? Do you have any experience leading a team and exhibit great problem solving skills? You might as well toss your hat into the ring to be the president of the Twins, because apparently no one else wants the gig. Shocker.
“So it’s pretty funny to see qualified candidates barely nibbling at the Twins’ bait. Last week, we found out that former Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos would rather remain in Los Angeles as some kind of assistant GM to Andrew Friedman and Farhan Zaidi. Today, multiple sources are reporting that the Twins were rebuffed by both former Red Sox GM Ben Cherington and by current A’s GM David Forst.
Instead, Forst is going to remain in Oakland, where he has tremendous freedom under the perpetually bored Billy Beane, and Cherington will serve as the vice president of baseball operations under Mark Shapiro and Ross Atkins in Toronto. All of their positions are, in point of fact, lower on the depth chart than the one they would be able to step into in Minnesota.”
Speaking of front office changes, the Blue Jay’s have hired a new vice president.
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Today in baseball history: On September 15th, 1996, the Rangers retire their first number in franchise history when they honor Nolan Ryan (#34).