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KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Kansas City Royals general manager Dayton Moore has built a level of trust during his 13-year tenure, which includes the rebuilding effort that led to back-to-back World Series appearances in 2014 and 2015 as well as the 2015 championship. His choice for the manager to succeed Ned Yost carries the utmost importance as the Royals try to dig out of a hole that has included ...

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The Milwaukee Brewers sent utility man Hernán Pérez outright to Class AAA San Antonio on Wednesday, and he chose to become a free agent.

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Two takeaways from the eight-team steel cage match for Major League Baseball's managerial vacancies: 1. Get your Gabe Kapler memes ready. Gabe Kapler and Joe Espada were revealed Monday as the latest Cubs candidates, bringing the total to six. Seconds later came the first Gabe Kaplan/Gabe Kapler tweet, comparing the former Phillies manager with the star of the 1970s sitcom "Welcome Back, ...

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Gabe Kapler didn't lose his job because he communicated poorly, or because too many Phillies got hurt, or, as general manager Matt Klentak suggested, because Philadelphia is too dumb to worship his analytics. All those reasons contributed to Kapler being fired as manager after two wordy seasons that ended in 80, then 81, wins. But they're not the main reasons. Kapler and his principal staff ...

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ATLANTA - Braves catcher Brian McCann announced Wednesday night that he has played his last game. In the Braves' clubhouse after the team's 13-1 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals in the deciding Game 5 of the National League Division Series, McCann said he made the decision about a month ago and cherished playing his final season in a Braves uniform. "This is everything that I wanted to do," ...

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Before the season began, Twins General Manager Thad Levine was asked about when the Twins' window of opportunity would be open. He replied that they were trying to jam their fingers under the window frame and get leverage. On Wednesday, during an end-of-season session with reporters, Levine provided an update. "I think we feel a breeze," he said with a grin. "We're feeling a breeze right now. ...

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Joe Maddon is not the only experienced candidate being considered for the Los Angeles Angels' managerial opening. Former Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter and World Series champion John Farrell are also among their four candidates, according to people close to the situation who were not authorized to speak publicly on the matter and requested anonymity. Maddon interviewed in Anaheim on ...

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LOS ANGELES - This is not real. This cannot be happening. The Los Angeles Dodgers did not just collapse all over October again. The Dodgers did not just blow another season with their Hall of Fame pitcher crumbling again. The Dodgers did not just extend a 31-year championship drought with boneheaded bullpen decisions by their manager again. Yes, they did. Good Lord, they did. The nightmare ...

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After losing the Raiders to Las Vegas and the Warriors to San Francisco, Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred warned Oakland leaders the A's could be the next team to leave town. Manfred threatened city officials that if Oakland doesn't drop its lawsuit over the proposed sale of Coliseum land to the A's, it would risk losing the team to Las Vegas or some other city. "He kind of laid ...

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PHILADELPHIA - There are plenty of interested observers as owner John Middleton methodically decides the fate of manager Gabe Kapler. One of the most interested of all might be Ed Wade, the former Phillies general manager who knows what it's like to wait a while only to find out your services are no longer wanted, which may or may not be the case for Kapler. Wade lived through that experience ...

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WASHINGTON - Rich Hill's quest to pitch in the playoffs this season, an improbable aspiration less than a month ago after reinjuring the medial collateral ligament in his left knee, will come to fruition Monday when he takes the mound for the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 4 of the National League Division Series against the Washington Nationals. Hill is slated to log four innings. His pitch ...

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HOUSTON - Good team. Sweet story. And destined to get crushed. That's the perception, right? The Rays are basically the semi-interesting character actors who eventually get punched out by October's stars. In today's case, the Astros of Houston. And, honestly, why wouldn't people think that? Houston's Game 1 and 2 starters will finish 1 and 2 in the Cy Young race. Their third baseman might be ...

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MINNEAPOLIS - Mitch Garver liked the sport but didn't love it. But he was good at it, so naturally skilled on defense that colleges showed interest and his high school coach encouraged him to pursue a professional career. Soccer just wasn't his thing though. As a center back on his state champion high school team in Albuquerque, N.M., Garver showed enough promise that his coach, an Englishman, ...

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Royals are in the ultimate transition, in ways huge and tiny, and the path of one specific transition will say so much about the rest. This is the first defining moment of the new Royals - of John Sherman's Royals. The team needs a new manager, and while the process will happen away from public view the result will be the first significant clue of what the Royals will be ...

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NEW YORK - It can be gut-wrenching to witness what a toll pennant-race pressure takes on a manager, particularly one who has never been through it before. Just last week on an off day before the season's final road trip, Rocco Baldelli, clearly reeling from the burden of leading a team two days from clinching, succumbed to the strain by ... Falling asleep. On a park bench. In Detroit. "Yeah, ...

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ATLANTA - Don't say the final weekend of the regular season meant nothing. It meant enough that the Cardinals, in the effort to stay out of the dreaded wild-card game, started Jack Flaherty, the best pitcher in baseball since the All-Star break, on Sunday, which means he won't start Game 1 of the NLDS. He'll wait until Game 2 on Friday, which is a break for the Braves. Flaherty's ERA over the ...

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NEW YORK - When healthy, Kyle Blanks could crush a baseball. In the final 32 games of 2009, his rookie season with the San Diego Padres, playing in a home field so cavernous it was known as Petco National Park, Blanks hit 10 home runs. But he never hit that many home runs in a season again, his career deteriorated by a procession of injuries and surgeries to his elbow, leg and shoulder, and ...

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CHICAGO - The Cubs have expanded their list of internal candidates for the manager's job to include bench coach Mark Loretta and first-base coach Will Venable. They join David Ross, a special assistant to baseball operations, as potential replacements for Joe Maddon. Loretta, 48, served as a bench coach for the first time in 2019 after spending nine seasons in the Padres front office as a ...

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Last Thursday, the Dodgers boarded a flight from San Diego to San Francisco for the regular season's final series like it was Halloween. A baseball ritual historically earmarked for rookie hazing, no one was spared from dressing up. The entire traveling party - players, coaches, trainers, interpreters, broadcasters - participated. The Dodgers ditched tradition. The rookies were not treated any ...

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What could go wrong in the Cubs' manager search? Depends on who you ask. This will be the fifth search for Theo Epstein, and perhaps the most important of his career after the controversial decision to launch the manager who ended the 108-year championship drought. "You always learn a lot when you have an opportunity to do a managerial search," Epstein said Monday at Wrigley Field in an ...

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CHICAGO - Debra Ebert and Sandy Schley sat toward the back of the second-floor ballroom at the Chicago History Museum, amid the crowd of 200 baseball fans and history buffs as historians, writers and professors delved deeply into the records and ramifications of the infamous 1919 World Series. Fans and members of the Society for American Baseball Research spent their weekend listening to ...

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OAKLAND, Calif. - Rays infielder Joey Wendle remembers the specifics of the speech, if not the setting. It was his first or second spring after being traded from the Indians to the A's in December 2014, and manager Bob Melvin was giving what amounted to the advance scouting report for the posse chasing Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. "We had a meeting when I was over there, and it was ...

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WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Washington Nationals and Milwaukee Brewers will take distinctly different pitching paths in Tuesday night's National League wild-card game with the same destination in mind: a trip to Los Angeles to open the NL Division Series against the Dodgers on Thursday night. The Nationals will lean heavily on a rotation that ranked second in the major leagues in ERA (3.53) and ...

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CHICAGO - Cubs President Theo Epstein frequently uttered the word "accountability" Monday at the annual Cubs postmortem at Wrigley Field. "When we fail to accomplish any of our goals, that is my responsibility as the leader of the baseball operation," he said. "As a leader, it's really important to be accountable, and really important to take a really honest look at things that we can do ...

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SAN FRANCISCO - When Bruce Bochy rides off into the sunset this offseason, he won't be doing it in a brand new SUV. The Giants planned to give one lucky fan at Sunday's season finale a Toyota Rav4 to wrap up Fan Appreciation Day. Neither Bochy nor any of the Giants fans in attendance to support him on Sunday won the giveaway contest. As if the Dodgers' ride to the postseason couldn't get any ...

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LOS ANGELES - October starts Tuesday, and so does the postseason. We could just tell you which teams are in, or we could tell you which team is going to win. The Houston Astros, right? We would like to tell you the Los Angeles Dodgers will win, and the grainy Kirk Gibson videos finally can be retired, and 30-year-olds all over the Southland can say they have seen the Dodgers win the World ...

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PHILADELPHIA - Bryce Harper was flown from his home in Las Vegas on John Middleton's private jet with the red 'P' on its tail and as soon as he landed in Clearwater, Fla., the Phillies' expectations for the 2019 season took off. The pursuit of Harper and/or Manny Machado was the never-ending story of the offseason and, finally, with spring training in full swing, the Phillies had their man. ...

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ST. LOUIS - Before he chronicled the Cardinals' first division title clinching since 2015, Post-Dispatch baseball writer Derrick Goold helped save a man's life Sunday at Busch Stadium. St. Louis-based videographer Mike Flanary, 64, collapsed in the Cubs' dugout before the game and was briefly without a pulse before CPR was performed by Goold, a longtime lifeguard and former Eagle Scout trained ...

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PITTSBURGH - Before Wednesday's loss to the Pirates, the last time the Cubs had an eight-game losing streak was on Aug. 8, 2012. New President Theo Epstein had just traded Ryan Dempster, Paul Maholm, Geovany Soto and Reed Johnson and brought up the team's two best hitting prospects, Brett Jackson and Josh Vitters. The Cubs had 16 players on the roster making $600,000, and a rookie first ...

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PITTSBURGH - In a perfect world, the Cubs would like to hurt the playoff chances of both the Cardinals and Brewers. But since the eliminated Cubs are left with three games against the Cardinals in the regular-season's final series this weekend, they can help only the Brewers, who pulled within one game of the idle Cardinals' lead in the National League Central Division with another win ...

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CINCINNATI - Marty Brennaman told it like it was for 46 seasons as the radio voice of the Cincinnati Reds. He never hid his emotions. It was no different on his final day on the job. Brennaman called his final game Thursday at Great American Ball Park. A man who witnessed World Series triumphs in two of his first three seasons as "This one belongs to the Reds" became his trademark saw the Reds ...

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The Phillies exited baseball's postseason race quietly Tuesday afternoon in Washington. If their demise made a sound, it would have been that of the last air as it escapes from a deflating balloon, something approximating either a light snore or weary flatulence. That's a bit harsh, but the Phillies have earned it. They haven't been good this season, but they also haven't been fully bad. What ...

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PITTSBURGH - After the Cubs fell short of high expectations with a sudden decline in the season's final two weeks, President Theo Epstein acknowledged in general terms what they need to do to return to a championship level. "There's obviously change needed in a lot of areas," Epstein said Wednesday before the Brewers' victory over the Reds eliminated the Cubs from playoff contention for the ...

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CHICAGO - As Joe Maddon tried to keep the Cubs' sinking ship afloat during the final homestand, a familiar presence was hovering at Wrigley Field. David Ross, the former Cubs catcher who is now a special assistant to the team's baseball operations department, was at the park watching the collapse in progress. It was the talk of the ballpark, whispered by ushers and security guards whenever ...

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Each week brings a fresh batch of polls about the 2020 presidential campaign, but it’s also worth taking a look at the prediction markets. They can be a very useful source of information, most of all as a check on the human tendency to overreact.

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Wisconsin has long been a hotbed for golfers and golfing fans and the Badger State has been a genial host with big turnouts for some great professional golf tournaments over the past two decades.

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The homeless population is larger than panhandlers who sleep in high traffic areas Downtown. Due to a lack of affordable housing, many school children and working adults struggle with homelessness in Madison and the rest of the state. 

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On this week's political podcast, Milfred and Hands play clips and comment on the back and forth over which Democratic candidate for president is best equipped to carry the Badger State. Wisconsin was cited twice near the end of the Democrats' three-hour debate this week in Ohio.